Thank you to students, staff and families for your flexibility as we continue to examine the best course of action to reduce concerns in our schools regarding the Coronavirus. We continue to get new information daily from state and federal agencies that help inform our decisions. Tomorrow morning, superintendents across the state will be participating in a conference call with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley. Also participating in the phone call will be representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
I will update the community on any new developments or action steps at that time. In the meantime, I want to thank everyone for their patience and support as we tackle this challenge. There have been some questions about whether or not schools will remain open. At this time, there are no plans to close our schools, but we will continue to monitor the situation and follow guidance from public health officials.
Some reminders to help keep our students safe in school...
- If your child is sick or displaying any virus-like symptoms, please keep him/her home from school. When you call in to report the absence, please notify us of the reason for absence and we will record it as an excused absence.
- Encourage thorough hand-washing at home. Our staff is doing a great job modeling good hand-washing habits. We want to make sure that students know to wash frequently.
- Students should be encouraged to limit contact with their peers (ie. tag at recess may not be the best option for a game at this time).
- Students may be nervous about what the Coronavirus is and what is going to happen. In yesterday's communication, I shared a couple of resources to help engage students in this conversation. If you need additional support, please reach out to the school.
Keeping ourselves and our families safe and healthy is priority number one! There is so much information on the internet and on TV about this virus - please keep in mind that not all information may be accurate. Your most reliable and current resources for information will be the sites for the:
- Department of Public Health at https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/
Dr. Gary S. Reese, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools