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COVID-19 Update: March, 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update March 13, 2020

 

Dear Pembroke Community,

This message is to inform you that the Pembroke Public Schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.  Over the next two weeks, we will reassess to determine if a longer closure is warranted. This decision was made earlier today in consultation with, and in line with, other South Shore districts.

Earlier this morning, our District leadership team 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 not recommending statewide school closure at this time, and thus the decision remains 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.  Our top priority is the health and safety of Pembroke students and staff, and I believe that the decision to close the District is in direct alignment with this responsibility. 

Although I firmly believe this is the right decision at this time, it is not an easy one. Pembroke children and families rely on our public schools as a key component of their larger community. In addition to academics, 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, trying to balance daycare with their professional and personal responsibilities. In short, we know that closing schools is a major disruption in the community. 

As always, we are committed to sharing new information as it becomes available. There will be a follow-up communication with logistics in regards to food services, extended programming for families that are accessing both the YMCA and Pembroke Recreation Center, as well as some online resources for families that are looking for academic enrichment opportunities during this closure, on Monday 3/16/20. All offices will be staffed during this time, please reach out with any and all questions. Thank you all for your patience during these very trying times. 

 

Thanks, 

Erin Obey

Superintendent