Public Statement regarding 3/12/20 Notification

Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM

Public Statement from Brian E. Lynch, Superintendent of Schools
Middleborough Public Schools

Dear Middleborough Families,
As this week has progressed, it has become clear to me that when I issued my communication last week about the school cancellation for last Friday, March 16, 2020 for the purposes of  a detailed and deep cleaning of the Middleborough Public Schools, some of the information I made reference to may have proved to be misleading or misinterpreted. Some of the information and reports received by my office about two individual sets of circumstances have turned out to be exaggerated.
As such, I would like to clarify each of the “COVID-19 related” notifications which I found concerning at that time and apologize to those individuals, families and organizations who were affected.     
The first of these involved a child in the community who was identified to me as “exhibiting symptoms that could be consistent with coronavirus”. Please note that I have since discovered that the “home schooled student” I referred to in this announcement was only tired with a cough and not displaying alarming COVID-19 symptoms and that this child has now been reported to be “fine”. Again, I would like to apologize to the family of that student and to other homeschoolers in town for causing any undue concerns among those they know as well as the entire community in general.
Secondly, despite my comments regarding the “READS Academy student from Carver” I want to dispel any further rumors and state that no one at any READS location has tested positive for the coronavirus.  There are currently no students or staff on quarantine and there were no staff or students who were determined to be in close contact with anyone who had the virus. Prior to the Governor’s declaration on March 15, 2020, the DPH was allowing READS to fully operate. Like the Middleborough Public Schools, the READS Collaborative had closed for last Friday out of an abundance of caution.  READS maintains that they will continue to act in accordance with guidance from local public health officials and follow the lead of member districts. Once again, I would like to apologize to the READS Collaborative for any exaggerations or misinterpretations I had made based on the information and knowledge I had received from READS Collaborative sources.
Please know that as a school system, we will continue to be in close communication with our local Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will adhere to any guidelines they provide. At this writing, there are currently no known cases of the COVID-19 virus here in Middleborough. We will continue to closely monitor this  coronavirus situation and we will update our school community as necessary.
Brian E. Lynch
Superintendent of Schools