School District


    Patrick Clark Drive
    Avon, Massachusetts 02322
    1-508-588-0230; fax 1-508-559-1081


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Mission Statement
"To Educate All Students To Be Life Long Learners
and Responsible Citizens in a Global Society"

Dr. Margaret Frieswyk


Mr. Paul Zinni
Director of Pupil Services





Margaret Frieswyk, Ed. D.                                                                         Tel:  (508) 588-0230

Superintendent of Schools                                                                         Fax: (508) 559-1081



September 14, 2009


Dear Parents,


The H1NI Flu (formerly referred to as the Swine Flu) continues to present a challenge to families, schools, and communities at large. The Avon Public Schools are working closely with the local Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning our schools.  As we begin the 2009-2010 school year, we are focused primarily on preventing the spread of the flu in our effort to minimize the number of H1N1cases and on keeping schools open. In order to make this happen, we need your help.  Please take a few minutes to read this letter and the attached documents. This is the most up-to-date information available from state and federal health professionals. 


According to the Center for Disease Control, parents can help in the following ways:


  1. Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.  
  2. Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable. 
  3. Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.  Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea. 
  4. Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs.  Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected. 
  5. Do not send children to school if they are sick.   Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.


For more detailed information, you may also:

    •  Familiarize yourself with the attachments to this letter
    •  Visit the Massachusetts Flu website at http://mass.gov/flu
    •  Call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health hotline by dialing 211
    •  Call your school nurse
    •  Contact the Avon Board of Health at 508-588-0414


Finally, as always we are committed to sharing with you new information as it becomes available. Thank you for your cooperation. Have a healthy school year!


Sincerely yours,



Margaret Frieswyk, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools


To All Parents and Guardians:

I am pleased to report to you that school year 2009-2010 began very smoothly last week.  I had the opportunity to meet with all of the students this week and am encouraged by their commitment to work hard in the classroom, on the playing fields and courts, on the stage, or wherever their talents and skills may lead them.  At Avon Middle High School, the students, staff and I viewed President Obama’s historic speech to our nation’s children on Wednesday.  He challenged the students to set goals for themselves and take responsibility for their learning.  This is not a new message but rather one that teachers, staff, and you as parents have articulated many times.  But it is an important message worth repeating and one that is congruent with our district mission. 

A real challenge for us this fall will be to avert a flu epidemic that could dramatically affect our operation.  It is for that reason that the school nurses and I are working very closely with our health agent in Avon and with the Department of Public Health.  Our focus will be on keeping school open unless we determine an inability to function because of high absenteeism among students and/or staff.  We will be encouraging you to keep your sick children home and we will, as staff, do the same.  We will also be emphasizing proper hand washing and will conduct routine cleaning of high touch areas.   After a telephone conference in which we are participating, we should be better positioned to send you more detailed information next week.  The message is clearly prevention and close monitoring.    

Each year our goal is always to communicate more effectively with you.  I encourage you to visit our website at www.avon.k12.ma.us.  Also we will continue to communicate through newsletters, coffee hours, and our electronic telephone system.  I expect to put out a newsletter at the end of September and one each quarter in the early winter, early spring, and before the end of the school year.  And you will be alerted to unanticipated school closings through our electronic messaging system.  All other planned school closings were sent to you via our school calendar which is also posted on our website. 

For me this is a year of incredible opportunity as we develop a 21st century skill set for our students so that they can be competitive in this global environment.  But with this opportunity comes great challenges as we build capacity system wide in a way that can be sustained for the long-term.  I am grateful to all of you for your dedication to maintaining the best possible programs in our schools through your partnership with us.  That partnership is more important than ever before.  I want to also recognize the excellent work that you do everyday as parents and caretakers of our children.  I also credit our outstanding educators who are the cornerstone of our school system.  It is their great work and the work of their students that makes this a school system of which I am very proud.

I wish all of you and your children a wonderful new school year. 


Margaret Frieswyk, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools





Table of Contents


   Superintendent's Communications    ●  School Committee
  ●  District Message Board    ●  District Improvement Plan 2007-2012
    Pupil Services    ●  District Improvement Plan Status Report  
    Health Services      District Technology Plan 2007-2010 - PDF
  ●  Staff Resources 
    Ralph D. Butler Elementary

  Town of Avon Web Site

   ●  Useful Websites for Parents and Students
Live Webcast link

On Demand Webcast link

Posted Webcasts

  ●  Employment Opportunities
      Avon Middle-High School


●  Employment Opportunities
     Butler Elementary School



Flu Symptom Check List for Families and Schools


  Flyers for up and coming Events



Central Office Personnel

Coordinator of School Business Services Kathleen McDonald
Administrative Services/Payroll/Accounts Payable Carol Walsh
Central Office Secretary Diane Green
Central Office/Special Ed Secretary Debbie Brown
Transportation Coordinator Lorraine Griffin
Director of Food Services Karen McCarthy
Coordinator of Technology Scott Hulien


 The Director of Pupil Services for the Avon Public Schools, Paul Zinni, announces that the Town of Avon is conducting A Child Search Campaign, mandated by Public Law 94-142, Section 121a, 220.All children have the right to learn, yet some have different learning needs due to problems with seeing, hearing, talking, moving, or simply dealing with people.  We want to find these children, aged 3 to 21, who are not getting help.  If you think your child has a special learning need and/or is not attending school, call the office of  Paul Zinni
 508-588-0230 for free assistance.




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