Statewide Closure of Schools Extended Until May 4, 2020!

School Closure: Extended

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

SPENCER, MA — Superintendent Paul Haughey announces that, in accordance with an order from Governor Charlie Baker, the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District will remain closed through the end of April as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The statewide closure of schools, originally set to end on April 7, has been extended to end Monday, May 4. 

The closure of schools is an unprecedented step by the state that is seen as vital to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 and to continue the practice of social distancing as more positive cases and deaths are announced in the state each day. 

COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has moved the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global pandemic. President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency and Governor Charlie Baker earlier this month declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. 

Students will continue remote learning activities with the guidance of their teachers and school leaders. Teachers will also continue to reach out to students and families on a regular basis in the days and weeks ahead. 

All athletics programs, events and after school activities will also remain suspended. 

While schools remain closed, the district’s food pick-up service for students and families will continue. For more information about these services visit the school website: www.sebrd.org and go to the Food Services weblink. 

As a reminder, custodians and maintenance staff have completed a comprehensive and thorough cleaning of our schools and administrative buildings to ensure a healthy environment once classes resume.  Occultation of a deep clean and disinfecting of all school buildings and the central office will take place prior to the re-opening of school 

Superintendent Haughey and district leaders will continue to monitor the guidance and regulations of local, state and federal health experts as the situation evolves. The health and safety of students, parents, teachers and staff is the district’s number one priority. 

Social Distancing 

Due to the evolving spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, Gov. Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory. This means all residents are advised to stay home during this time in order to curb the spread of this virus, with the exception of going grocery shopping or picking up medication. 

Please continue to practice social distancing – maintaining a distance of approximately 6 feet from other people — and appropriate personal hygiene – with your children and explain to them the importance of doing so. 

Social distancing will help to minimize exposure among people, especially given that COVID-19 is highly contagious and people may be contagious prior to exhibiting symptoms. 

Children and COVID-19 

Proper hygiene, prevention methods, and social distancing efforts should continue until further guidelines are provided by state officials about the status of the virus. 

Parents should not hold “play dates.” Clean and sanitize toys, video game controllers and all touch surfaces regularly.  

As the weather continues to improve, outdoor gatherings are viewed by public health officials as safer than gathering indoors with others, but social distancing techniques should still be followed. 

Organized activities like basketball and tennis are prohibited. Teens are included in this group, and activities like bike riding and hiking/walking are viewed as safer alternatives to gathering indoors. 

Prevention Tips 

Local, state and federal health officials are encouraging residents to take the following precautions to prevent infectious diseases, such as the flu and COVID-19, from spreading: 

  • For a minimum of 20 seconds, wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick 
  • Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.  
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces 
  • If you are an essential employee who is continuing to go into work, stay home if you have a fever or are ill 

COVID-19 Information Resources 

Residents are encouraged to stay informed regarding COVID-19. The following websites are recommended for the most updated information: 

Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available. In the meantime, we appreciate your support, communication, and efforts on behalf of your children and our school community.   As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District!  #Progress #Unity #Knowledge

Stay healthy and stay safe!

Sincerely Yours,

Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools