Sayles School has an excellent staff that strives to provide a world class education for ALL students through a focus on:

       Creativity and Innovation

       The Arts

       Global Learning

       Strong Academic Skills


       Core Knowledge

Dr. Seuss and students during Read Across America


Dear Members of the Sayles School Family,

The news has been filled with stories of the spread of the coronavirus.  The Sprague School District continues to monitor the situation.   Recently, school and town officials took part in a regional information session provided by the Uncas Health District concerning the outbreak.   At this time, the risk from the coronavirus in Connecticut and Sprague remains low; however, we would like to provide you with information that may be helpful in preventing both the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as influenza.

Please help instruct your child(ren) in these everyday preventative actions:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and promptly discard the tissue.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

  • Most importantly, keep your child home if they become ill.

Attached is an information sheet from the CDC that you may find useful. The CDC website ( has additional information.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when needed.  In addition, beginning this week, the school’s custodial staff will commence a more intense cleaning protocol throughout the school.  If you have any questions concerning this situation, please do not hesitate to call us.


 < Click here for the CDC Information Sheet >



The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.


Generally, employers covered under the Act must provide employees:

Up to two weeks (80 hours, or a part-time employee’s two-week equivalent) of paid sick leave based on the higher of their regular rate of pay, or the applicable state or Federal minimum wage, paid at:

  • 100% for qualifying reasons #1-3 below, up to $511 daily and $5,110 total;

  • 2/3 for qualifying reasons #4 and 6 below, up to $200 daily and $2,000 total; and

  • Up to 12 weeks of paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave paid at 2/3 for qualifying reason #5 below for up to $200 daily and $12,000 total.

A part-time employee is eligible for leave for the number of hours that the employee is normally scheduled to work over that period.



In general, employees of private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees, and certain public sector employers, are eligible for up to two weeks of fully or partially paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons (see below). Employees who have been employed for at least 30 days prior to their leave request may be eligible for up to an additional 10 weeks of partially paid expanded family and medical leave for reason #5 below.



An employee is entitled to take leave related to COVID-19 if the employee is unable to work, including unable to telework, because the employee:

  1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;

  2. has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;

  3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;

  4. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2);

  5. is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons; or 

  6. is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has the authority to investigate and enforce compliance with the FFCRA. Employers may not discharge, discipline, or otherwise discriminate against any employee who lawfully takes paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA, files a complaint, or institutes a proceeding under or related to this Act. Employers in violation of the provisions of the FFCRA will be subject to penalties and enforcement by WHD.


< Click here for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster >


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May 2020
Monday 5/11/20 
Board of Education Meeting
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6:00 P.M.
Friday 5/22/20 
Early Release for Students
1:00 P.M.

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Monday 5/25/20 
Memorial Day
June 2020
Monday 6/08/20 
Board of Education Meeting
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6:00 P.M.
Thursday 6/18/20
Last Day of School
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on Foster Care

Connecticut Focus on Foster Care

We all have love to give.

The Department of Children and Families needs foster families for children of all ages.

Attend an information meeting where they will give descriptions of the foster family programs.

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Sprague School District Sidewalk Demolition and Replacement Request for Proposals
Legal Notice

Sealed bids marked "Sidewalk Demolition and Replacement" will be received at the Office of the Superintendent no later than 3pm, local time on Tuesday June 2, 2020 at which time they will be opened and read aloud.

Complete documents will be available for review from the Sprague Board of Education, Business Office, 25 Scotland Rd., Baltic, CT 06330 or by contacting the Business Manager, Michele Demicco, 860-822-8264 x 114 or

There will be a mandatory walk-through at 5pm on Wednesday May 27, 2020. 

Upon review of the bids, the Sprague Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any informality in the bidding and to make awards in any manner that is most beneficial to the Owner.



Sprague School Readiness and Quality Enhancement Request for Proposals
Legal Notice

The town of Sprague is soliciting proposals for the Quality Enhancement Grant pursuant to CGS Sec. 17b-749c, Quality Enhancement Grant Program. The purpose of the Quality Enhancement Grant is to provide funding for programs that focus on education and early care that address quality standards and/or expand comprehensive services for children and families. Programs and/or services are from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

To obtain a copy of the Request for Proposal, contact:

Carole Glenn, Liaison
44 Hatchetts Hill Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Proposals must be received by email with hard copy signature pages dropped off in person or mailed to Carole Glenn (contact information above) no later than 12:00 p.m. on March 20, 2020.



Mother Goose and Other Rhymes

Mother Goose and Other Rhymes, a new book with
Sayles School student illustrations, is available for purchase.


Profits from the book will go to support the 
Sayles School Art Program.  The price is $15.


For more information or to order copies, visit:



Attention Parents of Preschool Age Children

   Preschool Openings


For children ages 3 and 4 years old

1/2 Day Sessions

Free Transportation Provided

Free Tuition

NAEYC Accredited Program


Sayles School

25 Scotland Road, Baltic

860.822.8264 ext. 145



The Sayles School Preschool Program is legally exempt from child care licensing and, as such, is not required to meet licensing standards.

Connecticut General Statutes, Section 19a-77(b)(1)(A) provides that a program administered by a public school system is not required to be licensed to operate.