03.16.20 Three-Week Closure

posted Mar 16, 2020, 8:17 AM by Grant Harris

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Given the evolving data regarding cases of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of children and school staff, the Governor has ordered a 3-week suspension of school operations for educational purposes at all public elementary and secondary (K-12) schools in the Commonwealth (not including residential and day schools for special needs students), beginning Tuesday, March 17 and continuing until Monday, April 6. This increases Gloucester’s school closing from two weeks to three weeks.

To provide some direction during this time frame, principals and teachers are busy developing materials for your children to work on in order to have opportunities for learning during the school closure. These materials are suggestions and recommendations and will be shared by school principals by this Wednesday 3/18. Students are welcome to turn in materials for review and feedback from their teachers. But, grading has been suspended during school closing and once school reopens, extensive opportunities will be available to complete required work. Our goal is to keep the continuity of learning as best as possible.

With school closed, and field trips and after school events canceled, it remains imperative that we all practice the recommended hygiene and social distancing. In order for communities to lower the rate of transmission, it is essential that we strictly follow social distancing guidelines by avoiding crowds, canceling social gatherings, and maintaining a safe separation of at least 6 feet from others. Restricting access to school buildings will have little impact on public health if these best practices are not followed in good faith.

More notices of a specific nature will be forthcoming. For now, thank you and be well.

Richard Safier, Superintendent