Gov. Baker Extends Statewide School Closure Through End of School Year
CANTON — Superintendent Jill Rossetti announces that, in accordance with a new order from Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Blue Hills Regional Technical School will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statewide closure of schools, originally set to end on April 7 and previously extended to May 4, has been further extended through the end of the school year.
The last day of school for Blue Hills is scheduled to be June 19.
The extended closure of schools is an unprecedented step in limiting the potential spread of COVID-19 and continuing the practice of social distancing as more positive cases and deaths are announced in the state each day.
While schools remain closed, the community food pick-up and delivery services for students and families will continue. For more information about these services visit the school website: https://www.bluehills.org/.
All athletic programs, events and after school activities will remain suspended and fields, playgrounds and play areas will remain closed until further notice.
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley canceled MCAS for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year across grades 3-10. The Commissioner has not yet made a decision regarding competency determination for high school graduation.
Discussions about events like graduation, prom and academic awards ceremonies will be had in the coming days and weeks and further information will be shared as it becomes available.
“This is not the way any of us predicted how the school year would end back in September, but I am proud of all of the extremely hardworking people who work for our school and the efforts they’ve been putting in these past weeks,” Superintendent Rossetti said. “Given the circumstances, this is an eventuality that we have been planning for and we will look to finish the school year with the same energy and enthusiasm that we would any typical school year.”
Remote learning will continue through the end of the school year.
Commissioner Riley will be releasing additional guidance and recommendations to school districts statewide within the coming days.
Teachers and administrators have worked since the initial school closure to support students’ connections to their school community and classwork.
During the school closure, teachers have remained vigilant and mindful of their individual students’ needs and have made adjustments according to those needs. Teachers will continue to reach out to students and families on a regular basis throughout the remainder of the school closure.
For more information, visit the district’s website at https://www.bluehills.org/