Southborough (and Northborough) schools closed until March 30th

by beth on March 13, 2020

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Southborough Public Schools are officially closed for the next two weeks. The announcement was sent to parents by email at 4:30 pm today.

The email indicates that parents should expect to wait until Wednesday, March 18th for an update about virtual learning opportunities and access to food services.

There is no detail yet on how April Break will be handled. According to the message, school still will not extend beyond June 23rd. 

Here is the full message:

March 13, 2020

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

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