FYI: This has been an interesting day, to say the least. I started with a conference call with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Commissioner of Education this morning and haven’t been off the phone since.
Here is my COVID-19 update:
Although the MA DPH is not recommending a state-wide closure of schools at this time, after many conversations with over 30 area superintendents, I am, in an abundance of caution, going to take the proactive stance to close the West Bridgewater Public Schools from March 16 through March 27th. Over the next two weeks, I will reassess to determine if a longer closure is warranted.
As you are well aware, for the past 15 years my top priority has always been the health and safety of West Bridgewater students and staff, and that was never truer than today. Therefore, I believe that this decision to close the district is in direct alignment with this responsibility.
Please understand that I do not make this decision lightly, and although I firmly believe that this is the right decision at this time, I completely understand that for many parents this will cause a major disruption.
This situation is changing minute by minute, and I know it is trying for every one of us, so I thank you for your patience and understanding during these very unprecedented and anxiety-ridden times.
Please look for further communications over the weekend regarding the continuity of learning via online platforms and the possible continuation of other resources over the next two weeks.
An email with this message will be sent to all parents, please check your spam folder if you do not receive it. I will also be placing a phone call a bit later to ensure all parents receive this message.