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Covid-19 Update 3.25.20

Dear Marshfield Families, Students & Staff,

Good evening. I hope this note finds you healthy and well.

As most of you are now aware, Governor Baker ordered the continued closure of schools in Massachusetts through at least May 4.  While this news is disconcerting, it does not come as a surprise with the number of Coronavirus cases increasing on a daily basis.  We have five cases alone now in the town of Marshfield, and all of those have come in the past three days. Please keep those individuals in your thoughts and prayers.

From the beginning of these closures, I’ve asked for your patience, understanding and flexibility.  Nothing on that front has changed. While I’m sure you have a number of questions on what this will look like over the next six weeks, please know we are continuing to work on a variety of strategies to help keep our students focused on learning, while we also work to ensure that we address and support the social emotional well-being of our students and staff.

My leadership team is working together to find ways we can expand upon the learning opportunities that have been ongoing across the district over the past two weeks.  Our teachers and staff have worked hard to stay in communication with their students and are finding a variety of ways to reach their students academically, in non-traditional settings.  Given that much of what the state’s public school districts can do is driven by regulations set forth by the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE), we will be getting guidance from Commissioner Riley over the next few days on how we can enhance the academic practices we’ve put in place.  As we get more information, I will share it out as quickly as I can.  

From the outset of these closures, we have been sailing in uncharted waters.  There is no playbook for this, but all of our teachers, support staff, building and district leaders have been working hard to meet the needs of our students.  I’m also working with area superintendents to ensure that the best practices from around the region are being accessed and made available to all students and staff.  Regardless of how long this closure lasts, be assured the MPSD will work tirelessly to meet the needs of all of our students.

We care for our students, we want the best for our students and we miss our students.

Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding and be on the lookout for more emails with additional information over the next few days.

Have a good night.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeffrey W. Granatino

Superintendent