Northborough/Southborough Public Schools closed until March 30

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Northborough/Southborough – Gregory L. Martineau, Superintendent of Schools for the Northborough/Southborough Public Schools released this statement this afternoon the district’s families:

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

Working in collaboration with the Northborough and Southborough Town Administrators, Boards of Health, District Physician, police, fire, and school committees, I have made a decision to close The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough from March 13, 2020, through March 27, 2020. The plan is to reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020. This closure applies to all schools, extra-curricular activities, athletics, clubs, and building use.

Closing schools is only a part of the broader solution to prevent community spread of COVID-19. It is critical that students and families refrain from meeting in large groups and that social distancing is practiced as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The District will monitor this situation closely and follow the guidance of our local Boards of Health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). With this District closure, DESE guidance indicates that the last day of school for The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough is June 23, 2020.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the District will share this information with families, by email. This information will include optional virtual learning opportunities and resources, including how to access food services.

Over the next week, the District will communicate with families any additional details about the closure. The District recognizes that this is unprecedented and that this closure will be a significant burden for a number of our families. Should you or your family need support during this period, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s principal or me by email.

Respectfully,

Gregory L. Martineau

Superintendent of Schools