Informational Update - 3/16/20
Brian E. Lynch
Superintendent of Schools
Middleborough Public Schools
March 16, 2020
Dear Community Members,
On March 15, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker ordered an extension to the school closures in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This represents a change from the letter and notices which were sent out last Friday. As per the Governor, our current plan is to keep schools closed until at least Monday, April 6, 2020.
This closure will continue to affect all Middleborough Public School daily programming. In addition, all before and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events are either cancelled or postponed.
Our school district is currently working hard to develop enrichment opportunities for our students. It is our belief that students can continue to complete engaging activities during this school closure and information regarding this will be sent out by building principals in the coming days. This week’s school postponement will be treated in a similar fashion to that of weather cancellation days. This means that students and staff will make these days up at the end of the year. Please know that our school year will NOT be extended beyond June 30, 2020.
As you are probably aware, the coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge all members of our community to adhere to the following prevention measures:
Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia. It is believed the seasonal influenza vaccine does not provide protection against coronavirus.
We know that many families also rely on our nutritional programs (breakfast and lunch) and we will continue to provide this service from 9A.M.-10A.M. at the Henry B. Burkland School as long as school is not in session. If interested, please click here to complete a quick survey so that we might get an accurate number of “grab and go” breakfast/lunch combinations each day (this survey is not a requirement but will assist us in getting the most accurate daily count). Please note that this FREE service is available to ALL Middleborough students and their families.
These are incredibly challenging times and unchartered territory for the entire Middleborough Public School community. We thank you, as always, for your continued patience and understanding as we deal with this unprecedented situation.
Brian E. Lynch