School is opening for kids K-5 here in Everett after a year of being closed is cause for rejoicing.
Parents are rejoicing. Teachers are jubilant. Students are ecstatic.
How could it be otherwise?
Social distancing and restrictions notwithstanding, the reopening of public schools here is a sign that this spring will be a fun time to come alive again and to bloom — and we’re not talking about flowers.
Recovering from knee injury Vasquez waits for his turn
By LORENZO RECUPERO
Everett High School sophomore Roger Vasquez has learned so much in just one year.
As a freshman, almost a year ago to date, Vasquez tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the final boys’ basketball game of the year against Cambridge Ridge & Latin, a second-round, 65-52, playoff loss for the Crimson Tide.
Knee surgery, 9 months of therapy, training, and a pandemic later, Vazquez is back on the basketball court as the Crimson Tide looks to capture the Greater Boston League championship.
Vazquez is dribbling and shooting and back to doing basketball activities with the team during practice but has yet to play in one of the seven games scheduled in the regular season.
The year-long grind to get back on the court was a short-term setback for what would be a long-term gain for the sophomore.
Varsity off to fast 3-0 start to shortened winter season
By LORENZO RECUPERO
In a pandemic-shortened season, Everett High School boys basketball is looking to capture the Greater Boston League title for the third consecutive year.
With opening, season wins over Medford, Malden, and Revere, the undefeated Tide (3-0) remain in the driver seat to try and clinch the GBL once again, doing so with big contributions from one of its most able leaders.
Head coach Stanley Chamblain has had the Tide ready to roll right from the onset, with his players eager to get back on the court and prove themselves after a full year of away from the sport.
With the support of Mayor DeMaria and his team, the Everett Public Schools (EPS) partnered with the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) on a successful and far-reaching Covid Vaccine initiative that supported the district’s plan to offer in-person teaching and learning to students.
A total of 335 EPS teachers and staff members received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the CHA’s Vaccination Center in Somerville on March 11th and 12th. This, coupled with the state’s expanding efforts, means that Everett educators will be vaccinated by the time classes reopen in late March and early February.
“Clearly, the CHA has answered the call in a major way. I can’t thank Christian Lanphere and the entire team at CHA enough for the support they have provided us throughout the pandemic, from helping us formulate our initial safety guidance last summer to providing a crucial voice on our Covid-19 Task Force. It is fitting that the CHA is now serving a vital role in helping us bring our students back to school through this vaccination drive.” said Superintendent Priya Tahiliani.
Everett’s public schools will be reopening on April 5.
The six-foot social distancing and health requirement will be reduced to three feet distancing between desks.
On April 1, the E-Learning Centers will be closed.
The opening of the public schools is being powered by several components – a lower infection rate that has brought Everett into the yellow zone is one.
Families have a right to choose in-class learning or stay-at-home instruction is another. Also, Covid infections have fallen dramatically throughout the city, and vaccination of teachers is well underway.
This has increased confidence in the April 5 opening.
Major safety efforts are gaining support from parents and teachers alike.
According to a poll of parents of K-5 students, administrators are expecting about 66% of K-5 students to attend school on April 5.