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March 9, 2020

Dear Shrewsbury Families,

As th​​e​​​ situation regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19 evolves, we wanted to provide you with an update​ regarding how our school district is addressing this issue.  While the increased number of cases in Massachusetts is naturally concerning to us all, the risk remains low in our state according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).

We continue to follow recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the MDPH.  The CDC website is the best source of up-to-date information.

The Public Buildings Division has and will continue to do enhanced cleaning of our schools, including regular disinfectant treatments of surfaces.  Our school bus contractor, AA Transportation, is also enhancing the cleaning of vehicles to include regular disinfectant treatments.

The most important things that families can do are:

Keep your children home from school if they are ill with a fever/dry cough/respiratory symptoms, and have them stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication

Remind your children about the importance of good hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette

Given that other schools in Massachusetts have closed temporarily for further cleaning when someone in the school community has been exposed and/or has symptoms, it is possible we may face this same situation.  Just as families must prepare for childcare on short notice due to the possibility of a snow day, families should be prepared for a short-term closing of your children's schools.  

We continue to monitor the situation closely.  While we canceled the one international student trip that was scheduled for the April school vacation week, we have not yet taken any action to cancel future domestic student travel or field trips, but this is a possibility depending on the continued evolution of the situation.  Any changes regarding student travel or school events will be communicated as soon as decisions are made.

Please be reminded that we cannot share information regarding any specific health situations for privacy reasons, but please trust that we will address any issues in consultation with the MDPH and our local health officials, and we will follow their recommendations accordingly.

A resource from the National Association of School Psychologists for talking to your children about Coronavirus can be found here.

Again, while the overall risk in Massachusetts remains low, we are working in partnership with health officials and other town departments to prepare for various potential scenarios.  We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Noelle Freeman, Director of School Nursing, at 508-841-1226 or nfreeman@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us if you have questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Noelle Freeman, RN

Director of School Nursing

Joseph M. Sawyer, Ed.D.                    

Superintendent