We have been monitoring research and information from DHHS and the CDC, and believe that this decision is the best course of action for our students, staff and families.
We believe that by proactively closing our schools it will “flatten the curve” of infection rate, and assist the public health agencies and healthcare professionals by slowing the spread of the virus. We also believe in the research and science of social distancing and other similar interventions such as school closures that shows a high level of effectiveness in reducing infections and also removing the virus from circulation in our environment. We believe it is our ethical responsibility to assist our local and state public health officials with their mission.
Lastly, since we have a significant number of our parents travelling each day by car or train to the metropolitan area, our community will most decidedly be affected soon by the virus. We would prefer to have properly prepared for this epidemic instead of contributing to its spread.
Our teachers and administrators have spent the day today working to develop plans for remote instruction. The specifics about what this means will be coming out to you in a separate communication.
Again, our school buildings are closed and all school activities will be cancelled at least until March 30, 2020. We will continue to evaluate the maximum effective closure duration and keep you informed throughout the process.
Thomas J. Ambrose