Gov. Baker Extends Statewide School Closure Through End of School Year
MANSFIELD — Superintendent Teresa Murphy announces that, in accordance with a new order from Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Mansfield 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 Mansfield is scheduled to be June 18.
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 district’s food pick-up service for students and families will continue. For more information about these services visit the school website: www.mansfieldschools.com.
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.
Decisions about events like graduation, prom and academic awards ceremonies will be discussed in the coming days and weeks and further information will be shared as it becomes available.
“It’s unfortunate to see the school year conclude this way, but this was an anticipated scenario,” Superintendent Murphy said. “We would like to reassure our entire school community that we have planned for this outcome, and are prepared to deal with it as necessary. We have the resources necessary to finish the academic year while providing remote resources for all of our students.”
Remote learning will continue through the end of the school year, June 18.
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. A “School Resources for Continuity of Learning” website for the Mansfield Public Schools can be found here.
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 www.mansfieldschools.com.