Notification from: Auburn Public Schools – Central Office

 
Dear APS Families and Staff,


Thank you for your patience as we work together to maneuver through these very unique circumstances.  What I believe to my core, though, is that if we work together – as the incredible Auburn community, as the awesome APS Team, and as a society as a whole – we will figure this out together and we will all be better off for having done so.  


As we have shared previously, we intend to provide all families with regular communications throughout this unprecedented school closure.  It is our hope that the information shared here and in the coming days can help you to provide continued learning for your children and a sense of normalcy in this unusual time.  


First and foremost, we want to ensure that families who need it have access to food, with two means to do so currently in the works.  Through our Food Service Department, we will be preparing food that families can pick up a few days each week. While this program is primarily designed for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch, we will not turn anyone away.  The details are being ironed out, but we hope to have this up and running within the next day or so…more details to follow soon.
Secondly, the Food Pantry at Auburn Youth and Family Services is available.  If you need to access it, simply email or call AYFS and they will schedule an appointment for you:  admin@ayfs.org or 508-832-5707, ext. 10. If you are unable to go to AYFS, a delivery can be arranged.


Many have outreached to inquire about how you can help – thank you! – and we hope to be in touch once plans are solidified.  If you would like to donate food or other items to AYFS, Sally has indicated that the following would be appreciated: cereal (mini boxes are great), spaghettiOs and the like, canned soups, bread, peanut butter, jelly and pre-packaged deli meats, as well as cleaning supplies.  You may leave those in the vestibule of AYFS between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


To help us in our planning efforts, please find below a link to a survey we would like all families to complete today.  The survey will provide us with information for three important areas of support. The survey asks if you are interested in receiving Grab & Go Meals from the Auburn Public Schools; if your child will need a device in order to access technology while school is closed; and if you need access to any prescription medication we may have in our nursing office that you need to support your child at home. Respecting the Governor’s dictate, we are trying to balance the needs of some students to come to school to gather items that are critical for your child to have in the coming weeks (i.e. iPad, medication that your child needs during the closure period or instrument), while keeping group sizes to 25 or below. Auburn Middle School, SWIS, Pakachoag and Bryn Mawr will be open today from 2:00-6:00 p.m. and again tomorrow from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Auburn High School will be open tomorrow from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. only. Please note that in the event more than 25 people are at a school to retrieve critical items, we may have to limit entry on a staggered basis.

 

Please follow the link below by the end of the day today so that we have the information we need to best support our school community.



In an effort to ensure all families have access to the internet for continued learning and enrichment, we are providing a link with more information as to how families can receive additional access to the internet.



In keeping with our commitment to families, students and our community, our staff is preparing a list of resources to support students and families throughout the coming days.  The staff is collaborating with one another, electronically, to identify websites and activities that are appropriate for each grade level or content area. Building principals will be sharing information related to enrichment activities directly with families in the next day or so.  


Some have outreached and asked about how to talk to your children about the coronavirus, so below is a link to an article that some have found helpful:



Finally and to reiterate Governor Baker’s message about the critical importance of social distancing, we share the below article with you.  Together – if we all do our part – we can help to slow the transmission of this disease, thereby hopefully keeping everyone safe. Thank you in advance for doing your part. 
As always, 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.
 
Yours in Education,
Maryellen Brunelle, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools