LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS | 535 BLISS ROAD | LONGMEADOW, MA 01106 | P 413-565-4200 | F 413-565-4215
District Hours Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM Summer & Vacation Monday - Friday 8 AM - 3 PM
School Closed - Tuesday, March 14th
The snow rolled in earlier than anticipated today. Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 14 due to inclement weather.
Stay safe and have a great day!
Superintendent of Schools
Schools Closed - Tuesday, February 28th
Due to the inclement weather on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed. Be safe!
Kindergarten Registration for 2023-2024
Longmeadow Public Schools is holding kindergarten registration for the 2023-24 school year. Packets were mailed, on February 3, 2023 to families of potential kindergarteners identified through the Town’s annual census collection, and area preschool rosters.
If you have a child who will turn five (5) years old by August 31, 2023; you live within the Town of Longmeadow; and you have not received the kindergarten registration materials, please contact the Central Office of the Longmeadow Public Schools at 413-565-4200 ext. 4012 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each elementary school will hold a kindergarten orientation program this spring for students and kindergarten screenings are expected to occur in mid-May. Families must complete the student registration to be invited to participate in the orientation and to schedule their child’s kindergarten screening. It is very important for families to register their incoming kindergartener, as soon as possible.
The Longmeadow Public Schools is excited to welcome the Class of 2036, our incoming kindergarten students!
Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners - 2023
LPS is pleased to announce that the following educators were chosen to represent Longmeadow Public Schools as winners of the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award:
Lianne Barr, Glenbrook Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Colleen Cummings, Center School, Grade 5
Arlene McLean, Center School, Grade 4
Please join me in congratulating Lianne, Colleen and Arlene along with all of our excellent nominees. I know that they proudly represent the excellence and commitment of all our educators!
Nikcole Allen & Lianne Barr
Colleen Cummings and husband
Donna Hutton, Arlene McLean & Marty O'Shea
FY24 Public Hearing on the School Dept Budget
The Longmeadow School Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY 24 School Department Budget on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 pm in Room A15 of the Central Office or for remote access the public may access the meeting via the Zoom link:
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Center School Closed Mon. 2/6/2023
This afternoon a water line serving a baseboard heater in a 2nd grade classroom ruptured causing water damage to 5-7 classrooms. Principal Hutton will provide a follow up email to the Center School community with specific information on the affected rooms. The Longmeadow Fire Department, the Longmeadow Department of Public Works and School and District administrators responded to contain the damage and initiate assessment and restoration.
To provide time for public safety officials, restoration teams and school staff to further assess the damage and the condition of the building and also to allow school staff time to assess, take inventory of equipment and supplies and develop a plan to relocate classrooms, Center School will be closed on Monday, February 6.
Staff and families can expect an additional update tomorrow, as soon as practical. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Glenbrook Middle School - 2 Hour Delay Monday 1/30/23
Posted: January 29, 2023
While this message is primarily for Glenbrook staff and students, I am copying all LPS staff and families.
Having consulted further with the Longmeadow Police Department (LPD) this weekend, I am pleased to confirm that Glenbrook Middle School will welcome students back to school on Monday, January 30. In cooperation with the LPD, the threat that resulted in the cautionary closing of school on Friday has been thoroughly assessed and investigated. Our administrative team and the Longmeadow Police Department are fully confident that school can open safely tomorrow. While the investigation is ongoing, it has turned up no evidence that an actual, credible threat exists. The progress made on this investigation points conclusively toward this being a criminal hoax. However, to be clear and candid, a perpetrator has not been identified. Any member of our community with information may contact LPD or LPS or leave a message on the Longmeadow Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 413-565-4199. Staff, students or any community member may also submit an anonymous report through the District’s on-line See Something Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SSARS). SSARS is entirely anonymous and user-friendly.
Knowing that this situation is potentially unsettling or disturbing for members of our community, we want to provide the staff with adequate time on Monday morning to debrief with the LPD and the administration and to finalize the plan to support students when they enter the building. To ensure that the appropriate supports and messaging are in place, Glenbrook staff will arrive at their normally scheduled time, while students may only report following a two-hour delay. Principal Allen will provide Glenbrook families and staff with additional information later today. Finally, to provide the community with an additional layer of assurance, additional police presence will be available at Glenbrook throughout the day.
We will be prepared to safely open and to support the students and staff tomorrow morning. After important messaging to students during their advisory period, I anticipate that normal routines and learning will be underway at Glenbrook. Collectively, we owe the Longmeadow Police Department and the Glenbrook administration our gratitude for diligently working toward a safe opening on Monday.
Superintendent of Schools
Glenbrook Middle School Update
January 27, 2023 - 1:26 pm
I am writing to the LPS community with an update regarding the threat made to Glenbrook Middle School.
While the investigation into this matter is not complete, progress is being made. I am grateful to the Longmeadow Police Department and the Glenbrook administrative team for their diligence and determination throughout the investigation. As soon as possible and when prudent, I will provide you with updates or information on our assessment of this threat.
In the meantime, I want to assure staff and families that a team of administrators is working thoughtfully on a plan in anticipation of student and staff re-entry on Monday, January 30. I anticipate that the day will begin with a staff meeting led by school and district administration and which will include representatives from the Longmeadow Police Department. With input from our LPS counselors, we will provide resources, supports, messages, and strategies to allay concerns, promote a sense of safety and assure students that they are in the care of trusted adults.
Thank you for your support and patience as we work together to prioritize the safety of students and staff. Additional updates will follow. Parents/caregivers can expect additional information on our re-entry plan prior to Monday.
Superintendent of Schools
Glenbrook Middle School Closed Friday, 1/27/23
January 26, 2023 - 8:49 pm
I am writing to provide an update regarding the school safety message that you received this afternoon at approximately 4:30. It is copied below.
Despite purposeful and tireless efforts by the Longmeadow Police Department and school administration, the investigation into this matter is not complete. To be clear, while we have no reason to believe that a genuine threat exists, we do not yet have the confidence to confirm that the school violence threat made at Glenbrook is a criminal hoax.
Student and staff safety and a sense of security are of primary importance. Sadly, there are too many examples of school tragedies that could have been prevented with greater due diligence and investigation. As such, in an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to cancel school at Glenbrook on Friday, January 27. Other schools will open on a regular basis with additional police presence throughout the day.
Longmeadow staff and families can anticipate an update and additional information tomorrow morning, as early as possible. Please let your school administrator know if your Glenbrook child or children at other schools experience unease or distress that can be addressed by the school counseling staff.
Thank you for your patience as we work together to ensure staff and student safety.
In collaboration with Longmeadow Police Chief Robert Stocks, I am writing to notify all staff and families of a situation that is currently under investigation at Glenbrook Middle School. At approximately 2:35 this afternoon, a student reported seeing a message on a restroom wall threatening future school violence. Longmeadow Police quickly responded and are actively investigating along with our administrative team. Police and school personnel are taking this matter very seriously. Students, parents/caregivers or staff with information should contact the Longmeadow Police. Parents/caregivers and staff can anticipate additional information and updates in the hours ahead.
Superintendent of Schools
Early Release - Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Due to inclement weather, Longmeadow Schools will follow a half-day, early release schedule tomorrow, January 25.
Longmeadow High School will be dismissed at 10:45. Elementary and Middle Schools will be dismissed at 11:30.
Limited lunch options that can be quickly served will be available at all three levels.
All after-school activities are cancelled.
After School/Evening Activities Postponed 1/23/2023
LPS is postponing after school and evening activities due to today's (January 23) inclement weather.
Dec. 23, 2022 - Glenbrook Middle closed
December 23, 2022 9:32 am
Unfortunately, school and town officials do not have certainty that power can be restored at Glenbrook in time to allow for the delayed opening we announced earlier this morning. As a result, Glenbrook Middle School will be closed today, Friday, December 23. Following the vacation, a plan to make up this day of school will be developed and announced to staff and families.
Middle School Public Forums
Longmeadow Public Schools will be hosting interactive informational sessions for members of the general public to learn more about the facility-related needs of Glenbrook and Williams Middle Schools.
Public Forums will be held on Thursday, September 8 at 7 p.m. at the Williams Middle School auditorium, Friday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the large LPS District Office Conference Room located at 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow and on Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m., also in the District conference room. Community members unable to attend will also have the opportunity to view an upcoming panel discussion that will be aired on Longmeadow Community Television.
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the condition of the two Middle Schools and the District’s strategic approach to addressing these needs through a partnership with the MA School Building Authority (MSBA). At the October 25, 2022, Annual Town Meeting the District will seek authorization to conduct a major Feasibility Study to assess existing conditions, study enrollment patterns, evaluate existing and needed educational space, and ultimately identify cost effective and educationally appropriate solutions.
In March 2022, the MSBA invited Longmeadow into a grant program to address the pressing physical plant needs of Glenbrook and Williams Middle Schools. In the current 270-day Eligibility Period, the District is working with the MSBA to fulfill several requirements including forming a building committee, completing a district enrollment study, and executing a commitment to fund and initiate a feasibility study. Upon completion of these requirements the District would be considered for an invitation into the next phase of the MSBA capital pipeline.
Community members interested in learning more about the facility needs of Glenbrook and Williams Middle Schools may review reports and presentations posted to the LPS website.
Public Hearing - Naming Proposal
The Longmeadow School Committee will hold a public hearing, during their meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:30 pm to discuss a Naming Proposal to name the Longmeadow High School’s history resource room after John J. Fitzgerald.
Mr. Fitzgerald was a long-time history teacher and department chair at Longmeadow High School as well as a former School Committee member. Mr. Fitzgerald was a teacher in Longmeadow from 1971 – 2004 and served 3 terms on the Longmeadow School Committee.
All those interested in providing public comment on the proposal to name the High School History Resource Room as Mr. John J. Fitzgerald are invited to attend the public hearing.
Application to School Building Committee
The Longmeadow School Committee and Longmeadow Select Board are inviting residents to apply to serve on a School Building Committee (SBC), responsible for monitoring and advising the Town of Longmeadow and the School Committee during the application, design and construction phases of an approved middle school building project.
The SBC will work under the requirements of the MA School Building Authority (MSBA), a state agency that administers a competitive grant program to support and co-fund the design and construction of educationally appropriate and cost-effective public school facilities. In March 2022, the MSBA invited Longmeadow into a grant program to address the pressing physical plant needs of Glenbrook and Williams Middle Schools. In the current 270-day Eligibility Period, the District will work with the MSBA to fulfill several requirements including forming a building committee, completing a district enrollment study, and executing an agreement to complete a feasibility study. Upon completion of these requirements the District would be considered for an invitation into the Feasibility Study phase of the MSBA capital pipeline.
Residents interested in serving on the SBC may access the application by following this link: School Building Committee Application.
Two residents familiar with the District’s educational mission and the function of educational facilities will be appointed by the Longmeadow School Committee and two residents with experience in architecture, engineering and/or construction will be appointed by the Longmeadow Select Board. Residents interested in applying for one of the positions appointed by the School Committee should apply by noon on August 30. Residents interested in applying for one of the positions appointed by the Select Board should apply by noon on August 31. Members of the Committee will be expected to serve for several years, through the duration of an approved project.
Community members interested in learning more about the facility needs of Glenbrook and Williams Middle Schools may review reports and presentations posted to the LPS website.
Wishing all our students and staff a very happy summer vacation! Be safe, relax, and we will look forward to welcoming you back in August, 2022.
Please check your child's school website for summer reading lists!
The district offices are open all summer, preparing for the new school year. Our hours are 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
New School Year 2022-2023
The first day of school for students in Grades 1-12 is Monday, August 29, 2022. First day of school for Prek and K is Tuesday, August 30th.
Wishing all our students a wonderful new school year!
Longmeadow High School - 2 hour delay 5/9/2022
Longmeadow High School will be opening with a 2-hour delay for students on Monday, May 9, 2022.
BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR 2022-2023
Longmeadow Public Schools is pleased to offer bus transportation for the 2022/2023 school year. You must register your child for transportation annually. Students in grades K-6 who live two miles or more from their assigned school will be transported free of charge. Other students in grades K-12, who live more than 1 mile from their school will be offered paid bus transportation on a first-come first-served basis. Capacity is limited. The fee is $235 per child, with a family cap of $470. This payment is required at the time of registration to be considered registered and to be added to the route list. Our routes are designed to travel on main roads, however, occasionally buses will enter into neighborhoods if necessary. Please note: Blueberry Hill Elementary and Center Elementary Schools do not offer busing.
The applicable form for each student will be added to your PowerSchool Parent Portal beginning on May 9, 2022. Your registration must be completed by June 17, 2022 to be added to the route list. We will continue to accept registrations however, your child will be placed at a previously established bus stop if registration is received after June 17, 2022. If a bus has filled to capacity then they will be put on a wait list.
You must log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal and click on Forms (which is located on the left side in the menu) to access the transportation registration form. Each student needs to be registered individually for bus transportation. Please make sure you log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal to confirm you have access to the form. If you are having issues logging into your Parent Portal please contact the LPS help desk for assistance at email@example.com.
Please fill out the form even if you do not require transportation.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary Talbot-Barry at the Business Office firstname.lastname@example.org or at 413-565-4200 ext 4025.
Your registration form will not be available until Monday May 9, 2022.
School Choice 2021-2022
Posted March 17, 2022
The Longmeadow School Committee voted during the meeting of March 15th to open seats under the School Choice program for entrance into the Longmeadow Public Schools in the 2022-2023 school year. School Choice seats are available in Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 4 only. The School Choice lottery will be held at the end of April, 2022.
The School Choice application is available here: 2022-2023 School Choice Application
Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards!
February 10, 2022
The Longmeadow Public Schools is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2021-2022 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards:
Betsy Mitchell ~ Beginning Educator, LHS Art
Deb Callahan ~ LHS Art
Tony Ohannessian ~ Glenbrook/Williams Music
Vanessa Vigna ~ Center School Literacy Coach
Congratulations to Betsy, Deb, Tony and Vanessa, caring and deserving educators, who represent the excellence of the Longmeadow Public Schools. Congratulations to all of our nominees!
February 4, 2022 - School Closed
The Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed on Friday, February 4, 2022 due to inclement weather.
FY23 Budget and Public Hearing on the Budget
The Longmeadow School Committee will hold the Public Hearing on the FY23 School Department Budget on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 6:30 pm.
Snow Day - January 7, 2022
Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed on Friday, January 7, 2022 due to the impending snowstorm.
DESE – Tiered Focus Mentoring Review
During the week of January 3, 2022, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Longmeadow Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.
In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.
Parents and other individuals may call Sandra Hanig, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (413) 314- 6707 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.
Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the district with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/
Middle School Facility Forums
The Longmeadow Public Schools invites the public to attend one or both of two public forums being held to provide the community with the opportunity to learn more about the physical plant needs of our two middle schools. Following a brief presentation on a recent Facilities Condition Assessment and a Statement of Interest that was submitted to the MA School Building Authority, participants will have an opportunity at the forums to ask questions and share feedback.
If you are interested please choose from
An in-person forum on Monday, November 8, at 7 p.m. in Room A15 of the Central Office of the schools (535 Bliss Road). If you are interested in this in-person event, please register by emailing: email@example.com or use this very simple google form.
A live, interactive broadcast held on Monday, November 15 at 7 p.m. The YouTube broadcast can be viewed using this link. Our intention is to record this virtual forum for re-broadcast. If you are interested in this virtual event, please register by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by using this simple google form
We will use the name and email contact information to provide attendees with a chance to provide feedback after the forum.
Community members interested in learning more about the facility needs of our middle schools can review information posted to the Longmeadow Public Schools website.
1- Hour Delay at Center School - 10/8/2021
** Update **
Center School will welcome students beginning at 9:25 following this morning's one-hour delay. Electrical power is currently being restored.
Good Morning Center School Staff and Families:
Center School is currently without electrical power and has limited back up generator capability.
At this time we have no estimate of when power will be restored.
As a result, Center School will need to open following a one-hour delay.
Staff and families can expect an update as soon as possible. We are hopeful that a lengthier delay or cancellation is not necessary.
Superintendent of Schools
Food Truck Thursday - 10/14/2021
CLOSE Community is sponsoring their first parent event since 2019!
Cannabis: What's the Big Deal? with Rick Cresta, LicSW, MSW, MPH of Boston University.
Food trucks arrive at 5:30 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm at Longmeadow High School.
School Lunch Program
posted September 13, 2021
The Longmeadow Public Schools will be participating in the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option. As part of this program, the Longmeadow Public Schools will offer healthy meals every school day at NO COST due to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow the Seamless Summer Option through School Year 2021-2022. Students will be able to participate in these programs without having to pay a fee or submit a household application.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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LPS will be closed Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day and Tuesday, September 7th for Rosh Hashanah. Enjoy the long weekend!
LPS will also be closed on Thursday, September 16th for Yom Kippur.
New School Year 2021-2022
Welcome to the new school year!
The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 is August 30, 2021. First day for PreK and K is August 31, 2021!
Summer 2021 - Enrichment
Summer of 2021 Enrichment courses will be offered Monday July 12th - Friday July 30th
LPS Enrichment page
A separate registration form must be submitted for each child and course.
Payment for courses will be processed using UniPay.
Questions? Email John Wills, Enrichment Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenbrook Middle School - 1/2 Day Monday, 6/7/21
Due to the extreme heat, Glenbrook Middle School will have an early release tomorrow, June 7th. Students will end the school day at 11:30 am. The DPW and administrators have been assessing the challenges throughout the day today, and with temperatures expected in the '90s have determined the Glenbrook cooling system will be challenged to keep the building at a reasonable temperature. This message is for Glenbrook students only, all other LPS schools will have a full day of school tomorrow.
LPS Special Programs Committee
May 13, 2021
THE LPS SPECIAL PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
invites you to
a facilitated discussion of the findings and recommendations of the recently released LPS Equity Audit
TWO SESSIONS ON MAY 20TH
10:30 a.m. under the Tent behind Longmeadow High School
7:00 pm in the Longmeadow High School Auditorium
MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED; LIMIT OF 20 PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION.
RSVP BY Tuesday May 18th at 5pm at this link https://forms.gle/EuK7UjFypeM4HZ9M9
Depending on interest an additional session at the end of May may be offered
If you are attending the morning session, please park in the front (Grassy Gutter) of the school or side of the school (Bliss Road). You may either walk around the building, or enter through the pool doors and proceed down a short corridor to the back of the school.
School Choice 2021-2022
Posted March 31, 2021 - Updated May 7, 2021
The Longmeadow School Committee voted to open up two (2) seats under the School Choice program at grade 9 for entrance into the Longmeadow Public Schools in the 2021-2022 school year. The application for those available seats is here: 2021-2022 School Choice Application.
The School Choice lottery was held on April 29th. Applicants were notified and a wait list was established. Any applications received now will be added to the end of the waitlist in the order they are received.
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Kindergarten Registration for SY 2021-22
Posted February 11, 2021
The district mailed kindergarten registration materials on Friday, February 5th. Please be patient as you wait for the kindergarten packet's arrival. We are being told by the USPS there are delays with mail delivery across the country caused by the pandemic.
If your child will be 5 years old by August 31st, 2021, and resides within the Town of Longmeadow, please watch your mail for the packet of information.
Please do not hesitate to email: email@example.com to provide your child's name, DOB, and address so that we can check our list of anticipated kindergarteners. If your child was not on the list, we will get a packet out in the mail to you.
Remote Learning Day - 2/9/2021
Due to the inclement weather, Tuesday. February 9th will be a remote learning day for all students and staff.
Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards
Posted: February 4, 2021
The Longmeadow Public Schools is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been awarded the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award:
Diana Landry, Second Grade Teacher at Blueberry Hill
Maryellen Gallant, 7th Grade Science Teacher at Glenbrook Middle School
Kate Mard, Life Skills Teacher at Longmeadow High School
Please join LPS in congratulating Diana, Maryellen and Kate. I know that they proudly represent the excellence and commitment of all our educators! Congratulations to all of our nominees!
Tuesday, February 2, 2021- Remote Learning Day
Due to inclement weather, Tuesday, February 2, will be a remote learning and teaching day for all students and staff.
FY22 Budget Hearing
The Longmeadow School Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed school department FY22 budget on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be conducted remotely via the Zoom Meeting Platform. To join the Zoom Meeting:
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No Curbside Meal Pickup 2/1/2021
Due to the storm, there will be no curbside meal pickup at Longmeadow High School on 2/1/2021.
Early Dismissal, Monday, 2/1/21
Due to the impending snowstorm, Longmeadow Public Schools will release all students early following a half day of instruction on Monday, February 1st. Longmeadow High students will be released at 10:45, while all elementary and middle students will be released at 11:30. Morning (a.m.) preschool will be run as scheduled, in-person. The afternoon preschool is canceled.
Friday, January 29th - Remote Learning Day
All teaching and learning will be conducted remotely on Friday, January 29th.
We are expecting temperatures to be in the single digits at sunrise and a National Weather Service Advisory tells us to expect wind chills as low as 20 below zero.
Given these conditions, the normal strategies we use to promote air exchange will not be available to us. More specifically, we will not be able to rely on open outside air dampers or open classroom windows as a way to dilute inside air and increase the amount of outside air in classrooms and offices. Heightened air exchange mitigates against the spread and transmission of COVID.
We apologize for this disruption, but expect that we will resume instructional schedules next week, when the temperatures are forecasted to be more favorable.
Public Hearing - Naming LHS Track
The Longmeadow School Committee has scheduled a Public Hearing to solicit public input on an application/proposal to name the LHS Track after retired School Adjustment Counselor and Track Coach, John Devine. Click here to view the application, back up, and the School Committee's naming policy.
The public hearing will be on January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The public can access the meeting remotely via the Zoom meeting platform.
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Snow Day - Thursday, December 17, 2020
Posted 12/16/2020 2:37 pm
It is increasingly clear that the nor'easter headed our way will have significant impacts. According to the National Weather Service, our region can expect 12-18 inches of snow and 20 mph winds with higher gusts probable. Given the timing and severity of the storm and the likelihood that it will disrupt remote learning and teaching, there will be no school and no remote learning in Longmeadow on Thursday, December 17. The June, 2021, calendar will be adjusted to make up the day of instruction.
Stay safe and enjoy an old-fashioned snow day.
Superintendent of Schools
2-Hour Delay Monday, Dec. 14th, 2020
Good morning. There is a 2-hour delay this morning due to Google connectivity issues. As a result there is no morning PreK.
Good Afternoon LPS staff and families,
I am writing to announce that following considerable deliberation by our administrative team and thoughtful consultation with town officials we have made the difficult decision to transition Longmeadow Public Schools to remote learning beginning Wednesday, December 9. With the exception of students in the Integrated Pre-School and the district’s 11 intensive special needs programs, LPS students will switch to remote learning from Wednesday, December 9 through December 23. It is possible that remote learning will need to be extended to include school days at the start of 2021. However, we would like to keep open the option of safely returning students to their current learning model on January 4. The return date will be subject to ongoing review and communication.
The Integrated Pre-School and the district’s 11 intensive special needs programs will be remote from Wednesday, December 9 through Friday, December 11. In-person learning for students in these specialized programs will resume on Monday, December 14 through Tuesday, December 22. Wednesday, December 23 will be a day of remote instruction for students in these programs. (Staff and families associated with the Integrated Pre-School and 11 intensive needs programs will receive a separate email with more specific information).
There are a multitude of factors that, when combined, caused us to make this difficult decision. Those relating to health and safety are paramount, but this decision is also associated with critical operational challenges.
First, we have seen a steady increase in the number of staff and educators at all levels subject to quarantining due to out of school exposure. Yesterday alone, four additional direct-service educators were required to quarantine. Additionally, we have seen an increase in the number of routine absences as staff appropriately opt to stay home at the first sign of flu-like illness. We have reached a point where it is difficult in all cases and impossible in many cases to cover classrooms in a way that doesn’t compromise safety or instructional services. Operational and administrative services have also been affected.
We have also been closely monitoring transmission and case acceleration. As a community, we have been successful in limiting transmission. However, we are seeing signs that this is changing and it is important to act at the first sign of acceleration. Yesterday, the number of active cases in town increased by 12. Last week and this week, we had our first instances of staff positive cases and we have seen a steady increase in the number of active student cases. This is occurring at time when we have experienced concerning lags in contact tracing outside of Longmeadow, longer wait periods for testing results and generally higher incident rates regionally. Student attendance data also points us toward a decision to move remote. In the last few weeks, we have seen a steady increase in the number of families opting for cohort c and a steady increase in routine student absences.
I recognize that this decision places a significant burden on many families and children. For countless reasons, children need to be in school and we remain committed to providing as much in-person as we safely can.
As always, I welcome your questions and concerns.
Superintendent of Schools
Thursday, Oct. 8th - Glenbrook Middle - Fully Remote
10/07/2020 - 9:11 pm
Due to a power outage that began this afternoon and persisted into the evening, Glenbrook Middle School was unable to be fully cleaned and prepared this evening for in-person learning on Thursday.
As a result there will be no in-person learning at Glenbrook Middle School on Thursday, October 8. Glenbrook will be fully remote for all students. Currently, we are expecting that planned in-person learning will continue at other schools as scheduled. Only Glenbrook will need to move to remote learning on Thursday, October 8. Glenbrook staff should not report to school tomorrow and should work from home.
Please be advised that we are monitoring area power outages to determine if our instructional day will be affected at other schools. Families can anticipate a notice before 6:00 a.m. tomorrow only if additional cancellations are necessary. Otherwise, schools other than Glenbrook will open as planned and scheduled.
Thank you for your understanding.
Superintendent of Schools
Food Service Announcement:
Longmeadow Public Schools is pleased to announce that, at this time, there will be NO charge for any student who receives a lunch. All students are eligible to receive a free lunch whether they are on-site for in-person learning or participating remotely. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has appropriated funding for child nutrition programs in order to temporarily offer Universal Free Meals to all students. Free meals are available for students via curbside pickup beginning on Wednesday, September 30th. Meals can be picked up at the Longmeadow High School main entrance from 3:30 to 5:00. Bags with two days of lunch will be distributed on Mondays and three days of lunch will be distributed on Wednesdays. No pickups will be available on holidays. We will keep you informed of changes in the program. Although there is no paperwork required to receive meals under this program, we strongly urge all families to submit paperwork to apply for the traditional free and reduced meal program so there is no disruption when this special program ends.
Please contact the Food Service Program at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Face Mask Policy - File EBCFA
The Longmeadow Public Schools approved the Face Mask Policy - File EBCFA on August 25, 2020
FY 21 Free and Reduced Lunch
The Longmeadow Public Schools operate under the National School Lunch Program. Our schools follow all USDA nutritional guidelines. Students in the Longmeadow Public Schools may qualify for free or reduced price meals.
All children in households receiving benefits from MA SNAP or MA TANF are eligible for free meals. Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
Children may also qualify to receive free or reduced price meals if their household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Eligibility Income Chart for school year 2020-2021. All participants are offered the same meal choices. Applications for free and reduced price meals are sent home with every student at the beginning of the school year. You can apply for benefits at any time during the year. Applications can also be found on our website at https://www.longmeadow.k12.ma.us/parents, by requesting one from your school office, or by contacting the Food Service Department at 565-4200 extension 4047.
2020-2021 Meal Pricing: Longmeadow High School is $3.25 per lunch, Glenbrook Middle School and Williams Middle School are $3.00 per lunch, and Blueberry, Center and Wolf Swamp Schools are $2.75 per lunch. Reduced price lunches districtwide are $.40 per lunch. A la carte milk districtwide is $.50 per carton.
FY21 Budget Documents
Posted June 17, 2020
The Longmeadow School Committee voted to approve a revised FY21 School Budget during their meeting of June 2, 2020. The FY21 revised budget documents are posted on the Business Office page. The Superintendent's presentation for the June 2nd SC meeting is also posted there.
School Offices Closed Until Further Notice
Posted: March 16, 2020
These are unprecedented times.
Given the National State of Emergency the Longmeadow Public Schools offices will be closed until further notice. Please utilize this website for contact information for school staff and departments who are available via email. If you call a building/department, please leave a message. Staff will be accessing voice messages via their email.
For those families hoping to register their children for school, please scan and email documents to: email@example.com We will review submissions and communicate back to you. Alternatively, you may also mail in registration materials to: 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106
LPS School Calendar
Dear LPS Community,
On the afternoon of Friday, April 3, MA school districts received a notice from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offering districts the option to use part or all of the April vacation week to sustain learning and teacher-student connections. The announcement gives districts the option of “counting” remote learning days held over April vacation toward state Student Learning Time regulations. In effect, this new MA DESE interpretation means that for each day of instruction held from Tuesday, April 21 to Friday, April 24, the school year will be shortened by one day.
Tonight, the Longmeadow School Committee thoughtfully reviewed and approved a recommendation to schedule three remote learning days over April vacation. This approach will solidify new educational routines and nurture the remote learning connections that have been growing in recent weeks, while also protecting family time with two days off during the week. More specifically, remote learning will be scheduled Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday, April 23. Monday, April 20 (Patriots’ Day) and Friday, April 24 will be days off. This decision also means that the last day of school in Longmeadow will be rescheduled from Wednesday, June 24 to Friday, June 19. On a related note, staff and families should be aware that Friday, April 10 is also a day off from school.
Our goal throughout the closure period has been to prioritize the health and well being of all members of the Longmeadow Learning Community. As such, if the rescheduled remote learning days are not supportive of your child(ren)’s well-being or your family’s unique needs, please use your judgement about how your child(ren) approach the learning expectations and convey the need for flexibility to your child(ren)’s teachers or principal. As always, we respect families as our educational partners, as together we continue to face this crisis with great resolve and fortitude.
Superintendent of Schools
See message from the Superintendent linked below.
COVID-19 notice February 2020.pdf
Additional resources are available on the Town's website: COVID-19 Information
Update below posted: March 10, 2020
In light of recent COVID-19 related guidance issued by state and town officials including Governor Baker's declaration of a State of Emergency, I am writing to notify the Longmeadow Public School community that, until further notice, large public gatherings hosted in the Longmeadow schools involving more than 50 members of the general public have been cancelled.
This includes the public "Minding Your Mind" events on Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12. Please note that school-based, school-day Minding Your Mind activities scheduled this week for high school and middle school students will proceed as scheduled. Additionally, this preventative measure includes the cancellation of the evening District-wide concert scheduled for Wednesday evening at LHS.
Out of state field trips are also cancelled until further notice.
I would reassure parents that there are currently no active cases of the coronavirus affecting our community and that other essential school schedules, functions, services and activities can continue as planned. Under the direction of the Emergency Manager, Fire Chief John Dearborn, the town’s multi-disciplinary COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor developments and manage town-wide preparedness and response.
The LPS Professional Day scheduled for Friday, March 13, will give members of our custodial team the opportunity to diligently sanitize educational spaces and high touch surfaces using recommended cleaning guidelines.
Members of the Longmeadow Public School Community are encouraged to exercise the flu-prevention, hygiene habits that were outlined in earlier messages distributed and now posted at www.longmeadow.k12.ma.us. The Town of Longmeadow also has resources posted to http://www.longmeadow.org/1181/COVID-19-Information
Thank you for your understanding and attention.
Superintendent of Schools
Cold and Flu Season Announcement
posted: January 13, 2020
Cold and flu season is upon us and the schools are already seeing an increase in many contagious illnesses. We would like to take this opportunity to remind families of some important steps that can be taken to limit the spread of illness within our schools. As always, our staff will work with the students to limit the spread of germs within the school by encouraging the following:
Frequent and diligent hand washing
Avoiding touching of eyes, nose, and mouth
Covering coughs and sneezes with the inside of the elbow
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
Students exhibiting any signs of illness will be referred to the health office for evaluation. Teachers and custodial staff will implement more stringent cleaning protocols for touchable surfaces.
We additionally ask families to help us limit the spread of illness by adhering to the following guidelines:
Children with one (or more) of the following symptoms MUST stay home until symptom-free for 24 hours:
Fever greater than 100.4 (without fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin)
If prescribed antibiotics, children must have a full 24-hour dosage before returning to school.
As a precaution, please consider keeping your child home for:
Excessive stuffy nose or nasal drainage
Excessive or persistent cough
Lethargy or general malaise
Thank you for partnering with us to create the healthiest possible environment for our students.
Please reach out to the school nurse with any questions or concerns.
For additional information:
Important Compliance Notice
Posted August 30, 2019
In compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (AHERA), in the fall of 1988 we performed inspections of each of our school buildings for asbestos-containing building materials. The inspection findings and asbestos management plans have been on file in each school administrative office since that time. The EPA requires us to perform re-inspections of the asbestos materials every 3 years. Accredited asbestos inspectors performed this re-inspection in August, 2018. Wolf Swamp Road School, Blueberry Hill School, Center School and Longmeadow High School had all asbestos containing materials removed. All asbestos materials in our other schools are anticipated to be in good condition. We will continue to manage them in place, as recommended by the accredited management planner. The results of the re-inspections will be on file in the management plan in each school’s administration office. Everyone is welcome to view this information at any time during normal school hours. The asbestos program manager, Nick Georgantas is available to answer any questions you may have about asbestos in our buildings at 567-3400.
Community Conversation - Equity and Diversity
Dear Longmeadow Community,
One of the primary commitments LPS makes to the community is that our students and staff have the knowledge and skills to work effectively to support, engage and include the diverse cultural backgrounds of students and their families. Indeed, developing all staff's capacity to be culturally responsive and competent was a central focus of the District's in-service, professional day on March 15. We understand that our work in this area is never complete, however.
To deepen our commitment to becoming a more culturally proficient learning community and to understand how we can improve in this area, LPS parents are invited to the next installment of our Community Conversation series focused on equity and diversity in LPS. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about practices, programs and initiatives currently underway that promote cultural inclusivity and responsiveness. Additionally, attendees will be invited to provide feedback to me and other administrators to help us understand how we can leverage the "dynamics of difference"* to improve the learning and experience for all students.
The Community Conversation on equity and diversity in LPS will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in Central Office conference room A-15. Each session will last no longer than 90 minutes. Attendance will be limited to the first 25 parents who register at http://lpsconversation-equitydiversity.eventbrite.com/?s=94409005
I hope you will consider participating in this "Community Conversation."
Superintendent of Schools
Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award
It is with pleasure LPS announces that the following educators were chosen to represent Longmeadow Public Schools as winners of the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award:
James Dibbern - Science Teacher LHS
Kathleen Russotto - Health Teacher Williams Middle School
Jennifer Serafino - Grade 2 Center School
Colleen Grady (new teacher category) - Music Teacher Glenbrook
Please join LPS in congratulating Jamie, Kathy, Jenny and Colleen. I know that they proudly represent the excellence and commitment of all our educators! Our winners will be celebrated at the Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Awards Banquet at the Log Cabin on Thursday, May 9!
Congratulations to all our nominees!
L-R: Marty O'Shea, James Dibbern, Paul Dunkerley
Neil Gile, Nicole Paris-Kro, Kathleen Russotto, Marty O'Shea
Donna Hutton, Jennifer Serafino, Marty O'Shea
Bridget Dullea, Marty O'Shea, Nikcole Allen, Colleen Grady
"Safe Routes" Community
posted Sept. 12, 2017
The Longmeadow Police Department would like to remind parents who have children that walk or ride their bicycles to our elementary and middle schools that Longmeadow is a “Safe Routes” Community. There are twenty three crossing guards strategically positioned at high traffic intersections and crosswalks to ensure your children arrive to school safely and return home safely. We encourage parents to remind their children to cross where there is a crossing guard, to heed the instructions of the crossing guard, and for those who ride their bicycles, wear a helmet. (Required by law 16 and under must wear a helmet)
Last school year, Blueberry Hill School was awarded the “Gold Level Award” for their part in the Massachusetts Safe Routes School Program (SRTS). The Longmeadow Police Department has been working with SRTS and the Principals from each Longmeadow elementary and middle schools to make all the elementary and middle schools a “Gold Level Award” winner.
On October 4th, 2017, the Longmeadow will be participating in International Walk to School Day (iWalk). Members of the Longmeadow Police Department will be walking with elementary school children from Center School, Blueberry Hill School, and Wolf Swamp Road School. This nationwide event allows the Longmeadow Police Department to build a relationship with the children with the focus on demonstrating the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety.