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  • Responding to Tragedy: Resources for Parents & Families

    Superintendent email to families on May 24, responding with reassurance and resources for families to help those who are struggling with the tragic events that occurred in Texas.

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  • Welcome! Dr. Sara Stetson - Appointed Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

    Dedham Public Schools announced the appointment of Dr. Sara Stetson as the Dedham Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, effective July 1, 2022.  Sara was the consensus top choice from a talented field of candidates during her finalist interviews and site visit. We are thrilled that Sara will be able to work with DPS Special Education Director Liza O’Connell in the next few months to coordinate a smooth transition and entry into our district. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sara Stetson to the Dedham Public Schools community! 

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  • Lit With Words: DHS & Greenlodge Students Connect Via Culturally Diverse Read-Aloud Program

    Learn more about The Lit with Words: Read Aloud Program bringing DHS students to Greenlodge Elementary for a new DEI&J program running from February until April vacation.

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  • New DEIJ Conversation Series Launches at DHS

    On February 14, 2022, Dedham Public Schools launched a new DEI& Conversation Series program at DHS, with the goal of offering students authentic representational voices and experiences.   The first event featured Anthony Valentine of Valentine Inspires KLTR, a motivational speaker for youth on self-esteem, diversity, anti-bullying, self-love, and overcoming obstacles.

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  • More About Student Data Privacy at DPS

    Dedham Public Schools privacy and data policies ensure that the District is ethically and legally protecting student safety and student information, including student work. Protecting students from harm--identity theft, harassment, and unauthorized data collection-- are critical concerns. As an educator, it is our job to ensure our students are protected in this manner. Learn more about our efforts here.

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  • NEW! At-Home COVID Testing Program

    Starting on February 7, 2022, Dedham Public Schools will be updating our COVID testing program in accordance with new guidelines and program offerings from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH). We will be participating in an at-home testing program that will increase testing for students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.  This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary.   To participate and receive tests, you MUST complete the form and opt-in.  Only those who opt-in will receive tests.  Visit our At-Home Testing Page to learn more and find Opt-In Forms for all DPS Schools.

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  • NEW Covid Protocols & Updates - January 9, 2022

    District leaders have had many discussions over the weekend about how to best plan for the multiple challenges we have encountered. These COVID-19 protocol updates are effective immediately and will be revisited weekly as we navigate the next few weeks: School-based pooled PCR testing will continue for all consented students and staff at all schools this week. Effective immediately, all positive COVID-19 test results for students or staff need to be reported on the DPS Positive COVID-19 Test Result Report Form. Effective immediately, DPS nurses and administrators will no longer be conducting contact tracing for every positive COVID-19 test. Therefore, the “Test & Stay” option for students will be phased out once students currently participating complete their testing cycle this week.

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  • Latest COVID Updates, Answers & Protocols for 2022 Return to School

    In consideration of the rising numbers of COVID cases in our community, the schools will be vigilantly continuing the following measures: Universal indoor masking is still required for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors in all PreK-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. KN95 masks will be available to all staff in January. To the fullest extent possible, schools will maintain physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. All classes will keep seating charts to assist with contact tracing. Families are strongly encouraged to vaccinate and boost their students ages 5 and older. Click above for more FAQs and COVID updates for our District.

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  • Student Feeling Sick? Check the Symptoms List to Determine if a COVID Test Should Be Taken Before Coming to School

    Winter brings lots of colds, flu and illness. Please help us keep students and staff safe this winter. If your student isn't feeling well, they should stay at home. Plenty of symptoms overlap with COVID symptoms, click above for a symptom checklist for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated students.

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  • 47% of DHS Seniors Completed Early Admissions Applications

    Congratulations to the 47% of our Class of 2022 who have already applied to one or more colleges.

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  • DHS Welcomes Guest Speaker - Jennifer De Leon

    On Thursday, Oct. 14, the World Language, Library and English departments welcomed author and guest speaker, Jennifer De Leon. She spoke with a large group of World Language students about the importance of recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and the many influences Latinos and Hispanics have had on our country.

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  • Congratulations to our Award Winners!

    Dedham Public Schools honored three of it’s educators. Congratulations to the three award winners - Caroline Roy, DHS Chemistry Teacher; Steve Traister, Dedham Athletic Director; and Cindy McGrann, DHS Guidance Counselor.

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  • DPS COVID Testing Consent Form

    These are FREE, voluntary programs for DPS students and staff. We strongly encourage participation, especially for those who cannot yet be vaccinated. Please complete the consent form linked above.

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  • New! Books & Bites - Free Books for Students

    Dedham Public Schools today launched a new 4-week program designed to provide Dedham students of all ages with new, free reading books this summer. The program, developed by Dedham school librarians and coordinated in partnership with the DPS Food Services department, will provide families with the opportunity to pick up free books each week during weekly free meal distribution times.

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  • NEW: COVID Quarantine Guidelines

    On Wednesday, March 3 the Dedham School Committee voted to approve revised COVID Quarantine Guidelines for the District. These guidelines allow the option (in non-household exposures) for people who are considered close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case to return from quarantine with testing after as few as 7 days. These revised guidelines follow CDC recommendations and will remain in effect for the District for all students and staff.

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  • NEW: Pooled COVID Testing Program

    Thanks to our staff and students in 1st & 5th grade at Greenlodge Elementary for helping us launch the new COVID-19 Pooled Testing Program. Last week 75 staff and students participated in the testing program. Testing will be rolled out to all Dedham Schools - expanding at Greenlodge this week, then into other schools over the next couple of weeks. See some photos from our first testing participants in action!

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  • Frequently Asked Questions re: COVID - School Notifications

    When it comes to notifying parents regarding students in classrooms or schools who have tested positive, our school nurses are following a strict set of protocols. There are often questions – especially around who was impacted, how family members ought to respond, and if school will need to shift back to fully remote learning. Get answers to the Frequently Asked Questions here!

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  • Welcoming our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Oneida Fox Roye

    Dr. Oneida Fox Roye joined Dedham Public Schools this week, starting in her new role as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Learn more about the role and her background here. Welcome Dr. Fox Roye!

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  • Tech Tip: Accessing Google Classroom

    To sign into Google Classroom students must use their Dedham GSuite accounts The usernames are firstname.lastname@student.dedham.k12.ma.us Learn more Here

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  • NEW: Family Training and Support Office Hours

    Office hours will provide dedicated time for families to ask questions and hear answers from Dedham faculty on student use of Zoom and Google Classroom in the remote learning environment. These office hour sessions are intended to focus on the technical skills necessary to use the technologies effectively.

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