More cancellations & postponements: St. Anne’s St. Pat’s party, St. Mark’s Chili Cook-Off, and out of state school trips (Updated)

St. Anne’s Church asked me to notify readers that their March 14th St. Patrick’s Day party is cancelled. And St. Mark’s Episcopal Church has cancelled it’s March Madness Chili Cook-Off. They join the list of more than a dozen other events cancelled in the town or by the schools this week.

For the schools, an announcement last night suspended all out-of-state trips.

Yesterday evening, an email to Northborough-Southborough public school parents followed up on the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration. It confirmed that schools would remain open. But upcoming out of state trips are on hold:

The District is, however, suspending all school-related out of state travel until further notice. Additionally, the District has inventoried all school-based and club field trips and non-essential school events and is reviewing this list frequently to determine whether or not to cancel field trips and non-essential school events. Individual schools will provide notification to families if a field trip or event is canceled. This review will continue until the State of Emergency is lifted. If you are interested in learning more about a State of Emergency and what it means, please visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/state-of-emergency-information.

The Algonquin Gymnastics team was slated to compete at the New England Championships in CT this weekend. It looks like a decision to attend would have been out of the school’s hands anyway. Today, the New England Council posted that all of its remaining Winter Championships are cancelled, including Gymnastics. (A disappointing end to an exciting season for ARHS gymnasts.)

Today, Trottier Middle School confirmed that the 6th graders’ cursed nature education trip is postponed again.* According to the message to parents, checks had yet to be deposited and will be returned.

*The Trottier 6th grade 3-day trip is normally held in the fall. This year, it was cancelled after the venue that students had travelled to for nearly 30 years was suddenly closed. The administration worked to plan a trip for this spring at a new location in New Hampshire. That was to take place March 30th – April 1st.

Updated (3/11/20 3:59 pm): I was informed that the Chili Cook-Off is off. Organizers had still been planning to hold it as of yesterday afternoon. Today, they learned that the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese announced that all food gatherings in the church would have to be cancelled or postponed.

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