Executive Director's Office
10 New Bond St
Worcester, MA 01606
P (508) 854-8400 | ext. 3656
F (508) 854-8484
December 7, 2018
To the members of our Abby Kelley Foster Community;
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we dealt with a City related sewer issue at the Elementary School on Thursday, December 6th . The Elementary School has re-opened after a thorough sanitation of our basement area and following the approval of City and State officials. These officials have been with us onsite and in constant contact over the past 36 hours and counting. Our Maintenance staff’s quick response to the immediate issue in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 6th minimized much of the effects of what was, a clogged city sewer line.
As it became clear we could re-open the Elementary School on Friday, December 7th a follow-up notification was sent to families in the afternoon of Thursday, December 6th. This morning it was brought to my attention many of our families did not receive the update sent at approximately 4:00 p.m. Thursday, via the school’s One Call Now system.
In our efforts to update and maintain our OneCall Now system distribution lists have been renamed and reorganized. We have determined an incomplete list was used to send the update message on Thursday, December 6th. For this error, I offer my sincerest apologies for any confusion and uncertainty caused.
As a corrective measure and to ensure our distribution lists are complete as we intend them to be; Abby Kelley will send a test message on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 12:15 p.m. If you do not receive this message or you hear of a member of the Abby Kelley community who did not receive that message, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org , so I may immediately address this gap in our communications system. We will continue our practice of posting on the School’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as the School’s Web site whenever a matter arises and we need to communicate with you.
To the matter of the days Abby Kelley has been unexpectedly closed/dismissed in the past months. Each year we build into our Academic Calendar, five additional snow days. The State has a 180-day requirement; we build into our calendar 185 school days.
To review our closure dates and for what schools:
- Thursday, October 18th –Elementary and Middle School were dismissed after a half day (which counted toward our 180-day requirement)
- Tuesday, November 13 th –Elementary and Middle School closed
- Friday, November 16 th – Abby Kelley closed
- Thursday, December 6 th - Elementary School closed
Of those additional five days we built into our Academic Calendar; the High School has used 1 day, the Middle School has used 2 days and the Elementary School has used 3 days. We are within those five pre-scheduled days, which makes our 2018 – 2019 Academic Calendar in-line with State requirements. I will continue to update families if and when we exceed those pre-scheduled five-days throughout the winter months. It should be noted, that if we were to not use any more days of those five pre-scheduled days, this will not change the anticipated last day of school. Again, I thank you for your patience throughout the last 36 hours and throughout these last few months.
Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School