Gov. Baker Extends Statewide School Closure Through End of School Year
EASTON — Superintendent Lisha Cabral announces that, in accordance with a new order from Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Easton Public Schools shall 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 in Easton is scheduled to be June 15.
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, a “Grab and Go” meal program for students and families is available. Information on food resources is available here.
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 take place in the coming days and weeks and further information will be shared as it becomes available.
“Though this was an anticipated result of the COVID-19 crisis, it is sad for our school year to end without our students and teachers being able to be together,” Superintendent Cabral said. “We would like to reassure our families that our educators are prepared to continue remote learning lessons for the remainder of the school year and they will continue to stay connected with and be available for their students. We hope that the attention, responsiveness and dedication that the entire EPS staff have shown during this unprecedented closure will assure you that every detail will be reviewed by our educators and solutions will be provided as soon as they are finalized.”
Remote learning will continue through the end of the school year, June 15.
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 http://www.easton.k12.ma.us/.