The MSB Weekly Staff News – January 13, 2022


*For Spanish translation, click on the language option button (American Flag or Flag of Spain) in the lower right corner of our website.  This can be found on all pages.

* Para la traducción al español, haga clic en el botón de opción de idioma (Bandera estadounidense o Bandera de España) en la esquina inferior derecha de nuestro sitio web. Esto se puede encontrar en todas las páginas.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

January 6 – 14 – Virtual Instruction

January 14 – Professional Day – Classes end at 11:30 am 

January 17 – School Closed for MLK, Jr. Holiday

January 17 – Tier 4 Residential students return in evening 

January 18 – School reopens for in-person instruction

January 21 – 2nd quarter ends

January 21 – Professional Day – Classes end at 11:30 am – No preschool

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Staff Town Hall Meetings

The January Staff Town Hall meeting will be held on January 20 at 2:00 pm   

Please join January 20 Staff Town Hall Meeting Link

If you missed the December meeting you can view the recording here Staff Town Hall 12.16.21

NEWS FROM THE HIVE

IMPORTANT RETURN TO SCHOOL NEWS

The new metric for keeping school open is not the community positivity rate as it once was earlier in the pandemic. The metric is whether MSB has enough staff who are able to work in order to safely conduct school.

The results of weekly staff surveillance testing, the number of positive tests, quarantines and isolations may result in two possibilities as the COVID-19 Omicron continues to spread: 

  1. Individual classrooms may have to remain in or revert to remote instruction at any time over the next few months due to a lack of staff coverage related to quarantines/isolations.
  2. All of MSB may have to remain in or revert to remote learning due to too many staff, or essential staff in vital school services or functions, who are in quarantine/isolation to the degree that it is unsafe to have school. 

Staff and families need to be prepared to switch to remote instruction at any time over the next few months at short notice,  especially while COVID-19 infections continue to track upwards.

Thank you for your flexibility and participation in keeping our students and staff safe!

Staff – go to the staff webpage to read the complete 1.12.22 message from Superintendent Rob Hair  

COVID FACT SHEETS

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and the Maryland Department of Health have announced the release of seven COVID-19 fact sheets in plain language and translated into Spanish, French, Amharic, Chinese, Russian and Korean. The plain language communications aim to make it easier for Marylanders, particularly individuals with disabilities and their families, to understand and use health information related to high-risk health conditions, testing, vaccines for adults and children, and more. The full set of fact sheets (in English) are attached. The fact sheets are also available to download as a complete set or by topic.

Download the fact sheets:

· Plain Language COVID-19 Fact Sheets (full set)

· Testing Fact Sheet

· High Risk Health Conditions Fact Sheet

· Vaccines Fact Sheet

· Vaccinations At Home Fact Sheet

· Vaccines For Children Ages 5 to 11 Fact Sheet

· Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Fact Sheet

· Booster Shots Fact Sheet

· Spanish Fact Sheets

STAFF COVID TESTING 

All MSB staff are being tested weekly going forward until the positivity rate comes down. Please refer to emails from Lauren Pappas for further information and instructions on weekly procedures. 

Thank you for your flexibility and participation in keeping our students and staff safe!

Email Migration from Outlook to Google

Our IT team has begun the process of the organizational email migration from Outlook to Google.

Email notifications, instructions, and “what to expect” information will go out to the different groups in advance as we go through the process.

Where we are now: A group of staff identified as the test users received an email earlier this week with instructions for the test and were asked to provide feedback by the end of this week.

Important dates and information will be shared as we proceed in this process.

Outreach & Professional Events

Be sure to check out the monthly Outreach and Professional events for both students and staff on the Maryland TVI Portal

Building a Multicultural MSB Community – Webinar Series

Our December monthly multicultural webinar was held on December 9. The topic was Religious Diversity presented by Sharon Baglyos. The recording can be viewed here  Religious Diversity Webinar 12.9.21 

Staff can also access all of the recordings on the private staff page of the website. Password:OneTeam2020  

STAFF – STAR Awards Submissions

All STAR award nominees must have supervisor approval prior to submission. If you would like to recognize your colleagues with a Star Award, fill out our NEW Star Award Form .  

Daily Health Screenings

Please remember to do your daily Pinpoint screenings before your work shift. This is especially important for planning and decision making, along with the current testing procedures. 

MSB School Calendars 

MSB Strategic Plan 

MSB Covid Response Plan