Walnut Square Family Update

Dear Families,

Fall is here, and the weather in New England is always changing!  Thank you for ensuring the students are wearing weather appropriate clothing for the outdoors.  School pictures will be available next week and sent home with students.  Retake Picture Day will be Wednesday, November 17, 2021.  

For all updates and resources about Walnut Square, please visit our website:  https://walnutsquare.haverhill-ps.org/.  Our website has all family updates, a copy of our School Improvement Plan, Title 1 information, Walnut Square Routines, Family Resources, and more!  You can also “like” our Facebook page, Walnut Square Elementary School and follow us on Instragram @walnutsquaresuperstars.  

Please see below for other updates this week.  Have a great weekend!  


Jen Rubera 



Here are the updates for this week:  

Mark Your Calendar!

  • Tuesday, November 2nd:  NO SCHOOL- Staff PD Day 
  • Thursday, November 11th:  Veterans Day- NO SCHOOL 
  • Wednesday, November 17th: Picture Retake Day 
  • Wednesday, November 24th:  Early Release (Dismissal is 11:35am) 
  • Thursday, November 25th:  Thanksgiving- NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, November 26th:  Thanksgiving Recess-NO SCHOOL 
  • Tuesday, November 30th:  PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm 


No Toys Please 

Students are not allowed to  bring toys from home into the school. This includes trading cards, fidget toys, figurines, toy cars, dolls or games. Toys are expensive for parents and we would hate for them to get lost or broken. Furthermore, toys brought along to school can disrupt the learning at school.  Whilst we understand that children may wish to carry familiar toys with them and to show their friends items they consider precious, it has been our experience that bringing toys from home to school can create difficult situations to manage.  The students have many toys and games to play with here at school.  If toys are found at school they will be collected by staff for safe keeping and returned after school.  Thank you for your cooperation and attention to this matter.  

Progress Reports and Title 1 School-Parent Compact 

Please sign and return progress reports and the Title 1 School-Parent Compacts to school as soon as possible.  Thank you for your help with this!  

Student Supplies

Please send your child to school with the following supplies:  

  • Water bottle (to refill at our water bottle station)
  • Extra masks (can be kept in a plastic bag in backpack) 
  • Extra change of clothes (can be kept in backpack) 

Dismissals/Transportation Home 

  • If you plan on dismissing your child, please send in a note with your child.  
  • If your child is going home a different way (ex. Not taking the bus), please send in a note with your child.  


COVID-19 Safety Checks 

Pool Testing is scheduled every Monday at Walnut Square School.  


The COVID Safety Check (pool testing) this year is 2 swabs. One goes in the pool, and one in an individual pool. If the pool is positive then the individual swabs are tested. 


Here is the link for staff or families to sign up for testing:  https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=null. Individuals can choose to complete link in a variety of languages


For the 2021-22 school year, we are offering an extra layer of protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our COVID-19 testing program at school. This program has three components: symptomatic testing for students/staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 at school, routine COVID safety checks to prevent the spread of the virus undetected among students who are not showing symptoms, and test and stay for students/staff who may have been exposed while in school but are not showing symptoms. Each of these is a quick, non-invasive nasal swab that is collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained health provider. Unlike COVID-19 tests of the past, these are not uncomfortable and easy for students/staff to do themselves.


Students/staff only participate with permission from a parent or guardian/self for staff. It is important to Haverhill Public Schools that you are fully informed regarding the process and that we can answer any questions that you might have in advance of asking you to sign the electronic consent form (https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=null). Below we describe each of the three parts of our testing program, how they are conducted, and what they are used for.


Symptomatic testing is used when a student/staff is showing symptoms of COVID-19 during school; students/staff should not come to school if they are feeling sick while at home. Some symptoms of the virus look identical to other illnesses like the cold or flu, and this test tells us whether a symptomatic student/staff member has COVID-19 or not. This is a rapid test, and we receive the results of this test within 15 minutes. If a student/staff member has minimal symptoms and tests negative, they can remain in school.


Routine COVID safety checks minimize disruption to learning by helping us catch potential spread of the virus before it starts. Each student/staff administers the safety check on a weekly basis. Samples are collected at school in groups of 5-10 individuals. The samples are group together at school OR in the lab. Once the samples get to the lab, all the samples in the group are tested for COVID-19 together. In almost all cases, it will take less than 24 hours to receive safety check results. Students/staff can continue to come to school while awaiting safety check results; they do not need to quarantine while awaiting results. If a safety check test is positive, the students/staff in the group will take individual tests to determine which student(s) in the group produced the positive test//the lab will automatically process each individual sample to determine which student(s) in the group produced the positive test.


Test and stay allows students/staff who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 while at school to stay in school if the student/staff is not showing symptoms. Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these individuals will take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic. Students/staff participate in test and stay for at least five days after they may have been exposed.


If a student/staff tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine at home for the CDC-recommended ten days since symptoms appeared or ten days since the positive test before returning to school. The student/staff member must also be without a fever for 24 hours.


Although students/staff who are vaccinated are much less likely to spread or contract the virus, it is important for us to create an inclusive environment for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. 


If students received P-EBT, they may be eligible for SNAP. Here are some resources to help you: