SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL CLOSED MARCH 16–April 6
|Dear Southeastern Community:
This message is to inform you that the Southeastern Regional School District will be closed from Monday, March 16, through Monday, April 6. We will hold two distance learning days each week in order to ensure a continuity of learning throughout this extended closure. This decision was made earlier today in consultation with, and in line with, other districts in our community.
Earlier this morning, we participated in a conference call with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). On that call, we learned that the state is leaving the decision regarding school closure in our hands.
Although we still do not have any presumed cases of this illness in our area, I believe being proactive in this situation is important. My top priority is the health and safety of Southeastern students and staff, and I believe that the decision to close the District is in direct alignment with this responsibility.
For that reason, we are implementing recommended mitigation strategies to minimize risk to our students, staff, and families. In addition to following the safety protocols previously mentioned, including staying home if you are sick and washing your hands regularly for 30 seconds, the closure of school will increase social distancing and avoid large group meetings. For that reason, parents and students are urged to limit contact with outside groups.
Although I firmly believe this is the right decision at this time, it is not an easy one. Southeastern children and families rely on our public schools as a key component of their larger community. In addition to academic and career services, students receive important special education, health, nutrition, and social service support from our schools. We are aware of the impact of interrupting these services and are actively planning for the provision of alternatives. We are also aware of the difficulty that many families will have such as trying to balance daycare with their professional and personal responsibilities.
In short, we know that closing schools is a major disruption in the community.
Please look out for further communication over the weekend, especially as it pertains to the four days of online Distance Learning. Thank you all for your patience during these very trying times.
Luis G. Lopes, Ed.S.
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District