The Auburn Public Schools and the School Committee remind residents and the community that the Auburn School Committee voted to CLOSE all school fields, playgrounds and grounds, effective immediately. This vote was taken after much careful consideration, the primary concern being the health and safety of all. Governor Baker, the Mass Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued consistent guidelines designed to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and this vote was a direct response to that expert advice.
The guidelines clearly state that social distancing of 6 feet or more, along with hand washing and limiting groups to 10 people or less, are three of the most important actions we can take to slow the spread of this potentially life-threatening virus. Observed at the Auburn High fields were crowds of 40+ individuals in relatively close proximity. As a community, it is critically important that we all do our part to limit the impact of this virus, hence the School Committee’s decision to close all school fields, playgrounds and grounds, effective immediately. As a member of the Auburn community, we appreciate your understanding and support of this decision.
Please know that the School Committee did not take this vote lightly as they have great respect and appreciation for the support we receive from the Auburn community. However, the School Committee felt this was the decision that had to be made to ensure that the Auburn Public Schools does its part, as a responsible influence in the community, to protect the health and safety of all.