Weekly Message From ENSATS 03/12/2021

Good Evening Caregivers & Students:


We are excited to begin the next phase of our reopening plan next week and have all of our students in-person for CTE.  Many thanks to the CTE, Wellness, and Facilities staff who have worked tirelessly to prepare our CTE areas, move furniture, and prep additional learning spaces for the additional on-campus students.


As a reminder, there are 2-cycles (2 blue weeks and 2 green weeks) left in the 3rd quarter.  Please encourage your child to check Schoology or Aspen to look for any missing assignments that still need to be completed.  It is important that caregivers are also checking Schoology and Aspen to monitor your child’s progress.


Here is a quick preview of the schedule for next week.

Monday, March 15 Day 9: Green Remote: Grade 9 CTE & Grade 12 Academics

On-Campus: Grade 11 CTE & Grade 10 Academics

Tuesday, March 16 Day 10: Green &

Day 5 Blue

Remote academics for all students.

Here is the schedule for the day:

March 16th Full Remote Academic Day.

Wednesday, March 17

8:45 am Late Start

Day 1:  Blue Remote: Grade 11 Academics

On-Campus: Grade 9 Academics

Grade 10 & Grade 12 CTE

Thursday, March 18 Day 2: Blue Remote: Grade 9 Academics

On-Campus: Grade 11 Academics

Grade 10 & Grade 12 CTE

Friday, March 19 No School for Students Professional Development Day for Teachers


Important Phase 2 Reopening Plan Details

    • Full in-person CTE learning begins on Wednesday, March 17th.
    • All students will attend all of their CTE classes in-person.
    • Students will continue to follow the Hybrid learning schedule for Academic classes.
    • Current COVID-19 protocols remain in place, including wearing masks, increased air exchanges in the building, and increased cleaning.
    • Tuesday, March 16th will be a fully remote academic day for all students to allow CTE teachers a final day of preparation.  Please click this link to review the schedule for the day: March 16th Full Remote Academic Day.
    • Juniors that are participating in Cooperative Education can go to Co-op on Tuesday, March 16th.
    • For more information, please review the Phase 2 Reopening Plan.


Procedures for Full CTE Return

We have a new presentation and video to review our COVID-19 safety protocols and let you know about some changes to lunch assignments.  Please click here to view:   Full CTE Return Protocol Presentation


Updated Calendars for In-person and Remote Academic Days

Here are the Updated Grade-Level Calendars for In-person and Remote Academic Days: https://essexnorthshore.org/calendar/


Study Related to Social Distancing in Massachusetts Schools

A study comparing 3 feet of physical distance to 6 feet of physical distancing as related to prevention of COVID-19 in Massachusetts public schools was released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on March 10th.  The article is available at https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciab230/6167856.


COVID Dashboard

Here is the link to the ENSATS COVID Dashboard.  This Dashboard is updated at the close of every week. We will provide the link in our weekly emails, but you can also find it on the Families page of our website in the COVID-19 section.


“Managing Emotional Health During Uncertain Times” An Essex Tech Family Event 

for Caregivers and Their Students with Lynn Lyons, LICSW ~ March 15th at 6:00 pm

Lynn Lyons is a psychotherapist and nationally-recognized consultant and speaker from Concord, New Hampshire, who works with children and families to manage anxiety disorders.  Lynn met with our students virtually this week to share strategies to help them manage the uncertainty of our current environment.  She focused on how to increase flexibility, tolerate uncertainty, communicate effectively, and replace catastrophic thinking with problem-solving. We are pleased to bring Lynn’s messages to our Caretakers and their students during a virtual family presentation on Monday, March 15th at 6:00 pm.  To join this event, please visit essexnorthshore.org/familyevents.


Activities: Week of March 15, 2021

Please review the following document for information about activities for the Week of March 15, 2021.




Heidi T. Riccio, Ed.D., Superintendent-Director
Shannon Donnelly, M.A.T., Principal
Thomas O’Toole, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent
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Pictures of the Week

Arboriculture senior Sam Craig used outdoor classroom space for his Eagle Scout project. This may just become the place to be for our students in nice weather!  Congratulations!


SkillsUSA District Competition went virtual this year! All of our National Student Organization’s have had to hold online competitions and they performed with grace!


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