After speaking recently with other Westford parents it has become apparent that I’m hardly alone in my frustration and disappointment with the School Department’s serious consideration to submit to the latest CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines by reinstating compulsory masking as a condition to attend our public schools this September – even as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has not required municipalities to do so and while many other localities have rejected the waffling federal guidance.
S.841 would address this glaring inadequacy by expanding access to health insurance under the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance Commission to include faculty that teach two three-credit courses in a semester, or four courses in an academic year. This bill stipulates that the Commonwealth, not the intuitions of higher education, shall bear the associated costs.
“Bill’s commitment to education will have an impact for years to come,” Arciero said. “From students that will come through the school system to my own daughter, who will start going to Westford schools this fall, Bill’s compassion and desire to make great schools for our families will be felt for generations to come.”
Bill often says that “everybody matters” in our school system because everyone can make a difference in the life of a child. He also adds rather humbly that he only takes 1/600 of the credit because all staff contributes to the success of our schools.
Each year, five CTE students in the state are selected, and this year, two of the five — Abigail Cronin and Elliot Gale — are from Nashoba Tech. It’s the first time Nashoba Tech has had a student selected. They are now eligible for the national Presidential Scholars Program.