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COVID-19 Update #5
Jeffrey Marsden
Friday, March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 --

Dear Parents,

After several conference calls today with state officials and other superintendents, as well as a meeting with the Town Administrator and the Medfield Board of Health, the decision has been made to close the Medfield Public Schools for at least the week of March 16th to March 20th.  Given the emerging data from infectious disease modelers, there is a strong possibility that an additional week may be needed.  Please note that our last day of school will be June 22, even if there is a need for additional absences. You will receive additional information from principals on Monday regarding expectations for students during the closure. I've attached a letter from the Medfield Board of Health with very important social distancing recommendations for all Medfield residents. We still do not have a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19 in Medfield, (probably due to the lack of testing), therefore, following this guidance around gatherings and "play dates" is critical to slow the spread of the virus.

I recognize how disruptive this will be to our families, but this decision is really in the best interest of our students, staff, and the entire community.  I thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Jeff Marsden