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Superintendent's Weekly Update (04/09/2021)

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Weekly Update: Friday, April 9, 2021  

  1. Short-Term Study Group for Mascot Review - Recommendation 

  2. Upcoming School Committee Meeting Links

  3. Secondary Timeline for Increasing In-Person Learning (6-12) 

  4. Vaccination Preregistration Information

  5. Updated District Travel Guidelines

  6. COVID-19 Pooled Screening Registration and Information - It’s not too late to participate

  7. Covid-19 District Dashboard


Short-Term Study Group for Mascot Review - Presentation Scheduled

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

Over the past five months, Sean Bevan, Principal of Algonquin Regional High School, has chaired the sixteen-member Short-Term Study Group for Mascot Review. I want to acknowledge Principal Bevan’s leadership as he began his principalship at ARHS on July 1, 2020, and was tasked with leading ARHS through a pandemic and a Mascot Review. I also want to thank the members of the Study Group for their dedication to this work.

I am pleased to share with the community that the Study Group is prepared to present its recommendations to the Regional School Committee (RSC) at its Special Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 6:00 PM.  The Special Meeting will be held virtually.   

Following Thursday’s presentation, I will provide community members with a digital form to communicate information that they think is important for the RSC to read prior to taking a formal vote to maintain or retire the ARHS mascot. The formal vote will take place at the Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Regional School Committee meeting.  

Lastly, the Short-Term Study Group for Mascot Review has done an outstanding job being transparent and communicating its work. In preparation for the April 15, 2021, meeting, I encourage all to review the work by visiting the Study Group for Mascot Review website


Gregory L. Martineau

Superintendent of Schools


Upcoming School Committee Meeting Links

Southborough School Committee Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 6:30 PM

Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Special Meeting Agenda

Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 6:00 PM


 Secondary Timeline for  Increasing In-Person Learning (6-12) 

The District is on target to return middle and high school students to in-person learning, five days a week, on Monday, April 26, 2021. I have included a link to the recorded Medical Advisory Team’s (MAT) Forum, that was held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.


Vaccination Preregistration Information

All individuals interested in vaccines (regardless of age or current eligibility status) are welcome to pre-register on the state's website. When you are eligible, you will be alerted when an appointment is available in our area. You can register children of all ages. Appointments at our regional vaccination site at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough (opening around mid-April) will be filled through this preregistration process.


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