Holyoke Update 1-28-2022

Holyoke Update 1-28-2022

Dear Families, Partners, and Colleagues,

This week, there are two important matters I want to bring to your attention. The first is that Holyoke Public Schools has decided to participate in a new, at-home COVID-19 testing program recently made available to school districts in Massachusett. You can read more about the program in the story below. I hope every student and staff member enrolls in the program so everyone can self-test once a week, every week at home.


I also wanted to share with you the news that a decision has been made about grade configurations at the elementary and middle school levels: In the future, HPS elementary schools will serve pre-kindergarten through grade 5, while our middle schools will serve grades 6-8. We still have more work to do before we can make those changes and we will engage in a thorough community process to solicit your input, but this decision is an important step in the process.


This week’s Holyoke Update includes the following:


  • New, at-home COVID-19 testing option
  • Elementary and middle school grade configuration decision
  • Middle school proposal on Finance Committee’s agenda
  • New schedule planned for Dean Campus next fall
  • Annual Family Language Access Survey
  • Dual Language Program updates
  • Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)
  • Employment opportunities
  • Cone of Excellence awarded to Mario Feliciano, ESL Teacher at Holyoke High Dean Campus
  • COVID-19 updates
  • Holyoke High School North
  • Holyoke High School Dean Campus
  • College Counseling
  • Athletics
  • Events calendar


Mr. Anthony Soto, Superintendent/Receiver

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