URGENT updates from Auburn Public Schools

by | Mar 12, 2020

From Auburn Public Schools – Central Office

Coronavirus Update
Please be advised that after much careful consideration, the School Committee voted at its meeting of March 11, 2020 to suspend numerous upcoming activities, as noted below.  This decision was based on guidance from Governor Baker who has recently declared a state of emergency, guidance from Commissioner of Education Riley and in concert with local Town officials who have taken similar actions by suspending planned activities of the Senior Center, Auburn Public Library and Auburn Recreation and Culture programs until revised guidance from the State is received.  This continues to be an evolving situation which requires us to respond accordingly, with student and staff safety always being the top priority.  Please know that in the coming days, we will provide additional and more specific updates with regard to planned trips and programs, to include potential alternate opportunities. As always, it is important to us all to maintain a high quality learning program for our students and we will work to ensure that continues to be the case.

  • All out-of-state field trips have been cancelled, with principals providing more specific updates in the coming days;
  • All large group gatherings that include individuals beyond those in our schools on a daily basis, namely students and staff, are suspended until further notice.  In light of this, please note that the All-Town Band Concert scheduled for tonight, Thursday, March 12th, has been cancelled, with more information to follow in the coming days regarding other upcoming events;
  • All local field trips have likewise been cancelled;
  • International travel has been cancelled, with the Costa Rica trip having been postponed to April 2021.

We are all deeply saddened by the need for this but these are unchartered waters.  As you’ve likely seen, organizations and groups across the country are taking similar measures that many of us may have otherwise thought unlikely only a few short weeks ago.  As this situation evolves, though, so, too, must our response.  Should the Governor’s guidance change, the above items may be reconsidered by the School Committee.

As shared previously but worth reminding us all again, there are general precautions we should all take, as per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), to remain as healthy as possible:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If unable to wash with soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (not with your hands);
  • Stay away from people who are sick; and
  • Stay home when you are sick and please keep your children home from school when they are sick.

On behalf of the School Committee and the Leadership Team, we remain deeply committed to student and staff wellness. Working together – home, school and community – we will continue to do our very best to keep everyone safe and healthy and we thank you for your continued support.

Suspension of Activities at the Auburn Public Library, Senior Center and the Auburn Recreation & Culture:
Attached please find the memo from Town Manager Julie Jacobson and Darlene Coyle, Director of Public Health, regarding suspension of pertinent Town activities, as detailed therein.

No School for Students
As previously shared and scheduled, there will be NO SCHOOL for students on Friday, March 13th.

No Homework Long Weekend: March 12th to 15th
There will be a NO HOMEWORK LONG WEEKEND from March 12th to 15th and we hope that all families will use this time to do FUN things together as a family, with no homework required at all!  The Auburn Public Schools recognizes the importance of family in the lives of our students, therefore we hope that you will fully enjoy this NO HOMEWORK LONG WEEKEND together…as a family!