The mission of the Abington Public Schools is to provide all students with relevant, challenging educational experiences to prepare them to be engaged, responsible citizens and members of the global community.
Most importantly, I hope this communication finds you and your loved ones well. I am sorry that as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, Governor Baker has announced all Massachusetts schools will remain closed until Monday, May 4, 2020.
This announcement has left us with many questions that cannot be answered at this time. The School Department is working on a more focused online educational experience for students. Additionally, we will make every effort to postpone and not cancel the events all our students look forward to and enjoy such as, but not limited to, drama, sports, concerts, dances and graduation.
I will continue to update you as soon as I am able.
Additionally, there are many questions and concerns regarding the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus and how it might potentially impact us. Daily updates and recommendations are being provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please click on the following link to stay updated https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
While this is a public health concern, the CDC is reporting that the immediate risk to the general public remains low at this time. However, as with seasonal flu and other illnesses, there are general precautions we can all take to remain as healthy as possible.
Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. You can also cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid sharing drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, dishes, towels or other items. Wash these items thoroughly with soap and water after use.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick whenever possible.
Please keep children home from school when they are ill and consult with your physician.
The Coronavirus situation is evolving and it is being followed closely. I am in communication with the Abington Health Agent in order to get the most recent available information and recommendations. Our custodial crews are routinely sanitizing all educational spaces. The safety and wellbeing of the students and staff is our primary concern. I will continue to share new information with you, as necessary, about this evolving situation.
Sincerely, Peter Schafer Superintendent of Schools