Dear BES Families,
It is my hope that at this point you have received Superintendent Zanghi’s letter regarding the closure of school beginning Monday, March 16. The closure will be re-evaluated on Friday, March 20 and information and updates will be posted to the website.
Before I go any further I need to thank everyone who has reached out with kind words, offers to help and resources to share. It is times like this that show what a community is really about and I have never been prouder to be a part of this one.
Students came home with work prepared by our faculty, and staff in the event school was canceled. Please note that this work was meant to be spaced out over two weeks in the event the school closure is extended. Do not attempt to complete it all in one day. The work provided is by no means a replacement for what is done in classrooms every day but is meant to be a maintenance of learning and an attempt to stave off possible regression. If your student was not present on Friday please reach out to his/her teacher to find out if there are electronic versions or hard copy left at school. If there is work that was left at school, please contact me to schedule a time where I can leave it at the front of the building. Please know we are restricting access to the building while the custodians clean, disinfect, and sanitize the entire building. Monday evening, I should be able to provide you with a document of teachers’ office hours when they have committed to being available to ask questions and support your students as best they can. If you find yourself in need of technology or supplies to complete work reach out to me and I will do what I can to provide what is needed.
It is important to remember that this is not a vacation for students and we want to keep them engaged in learning. To that end, please try to maintain some semblance of a routine or schedule. Normal morning routines followed by time outside, some academics, reading/read-aloud, lunch, etc. Kids, and adults for that matter, benefit from structure and routine such as this. I have also shared resources on virtual museum visits, and a list of education companies offering free subscription during this pandemic. Additional links. Full disclosure, I have not had the opportunity to review all of these links and I'd encourage you to before you share with your children.
If food is a cause of concern for your family, the Boylston food pantry will be open on Monday from 10:00-12:00. If you have transportation issues that make this difficult please feel free to reach out to me, I may be able to help. Finally, if your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch/breakfast, know that we are working closely with the central office and the cafeteria manager to develop a solution for you. You should receive an email from MaryEllen Fryburg if this directly affects you. Additionally, there is a group in the community organizing volunteers who can support the elderly and others in need. They are willing to shop, pick up food, medications for those who can't. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out to the First Congregational Church office Monday through Friday from 9:00 to noon (508-869-2027).
Mrs. Fantana, our school psychologist, has shared this resource from the National Association of School Psychologists on how parents can talk to their children about the Coronavirus.
Boylston will be closed to all except custodial staff and administration. I will be in the office on Monday and possibly other days but will always be available via email and/or phone (508) 869-2200. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
As Superintendent Zanghi mentioned in his letter, the Commissioner has waived the 180 day rule for public schools starting Monday, March 16. Therefore, next week will not be made up in June. We realize that this is a very difficult time for everyone and we are trying to support our students by helping to continue some sort of normalcy through online instruction. Even though administration, faculty, and staff will not be seeing students face to face, we are all still here for our students and our families.
Be safe and be well,