Gov. Baker Extends Statewide School Closure Through End of School Year
TYNGSBOROUGH — Interim Superintendent Jill Davis reports that, in accordance with a new order from Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Greater Lowell Tech will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school 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 at Greater Lowell Tech is scheduled to be June 12.
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.
During the closure, the school will continue to offer breakfast and lunch, fully assembled in grab bags, to students in need of meals. The assembled meal can be picked up Monday thru Friday between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Greater Lowell Tech visitors entrance.
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.
Plans regarding events such as graduation, prom and academic awards ceremonies have been addressed and posted on the website homepage. Further information will be shared as it becomes available.
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 implement the remote learning plan and communicate with their students on a regular basis throughout the remainder of the school closure.
“I want to thank all of our administrators, teachers, school counselors, related service providers, paraprofessionals, office personnel, custodians, maintenance staff, and food service providers for working tirelessly to continue to support our students in the face of the COIVD-19 pandemic,” Interim Superintendent Davis said. “Our teachers have adapted swiftly to remote learning, and I’m proud of the way our school community has banded together to offer remote learning opportunities and the services our students need to feel supported.”
For more information, visit the district’s website at https://www.gltech.org/