March 12, 2020 --
Due to concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and after consulting with the Medfield Board of Health and the school district physician, I have decided to cancel school for students tomorrow, March 13th. Teachers and staff will utilize this time for planning in case of a multiple day shutdown of the district. In addition, all non-essential evening and community events in the Medfield Public Schools are canceled until further notice.
Here are some examples of events that will be canceled beginning Friday, March 13th:
- Community events in school buildings
- Parent conferences
- Student performances, including the high school theatre, Band-o-Rama, and String Fling
- Use of buildings by non-school groups
- School-sponsored field trips in March
The cancellation of many activities and events is disappointing to students, staff, and community members who have worked so hard to prepare and plan. We are hopeful by limiting activities will help curb the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of infection. Medfield Public Schools will continue to offer before school and after school care at our elementary schools. The MIAA has delayed the start of the spring sports season until March 30th
Finally, the information regarding COVID-19 changes quickly, and even though there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Medfield, it is definite that will change and we may need to take further steps that will impact school operations, as well as teaching and learning. Please know that we will work closely with our Medfield Board of Health, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and our school staff to take appropriate steps and provide the necessary information.
Jeffrey J. Marsden