LABBB Collaborative Closed for 2-Weeks

Dear LABBB Community: 
All five LABBB member districts made the decision to close all their schools for 2 weeks. There will be no school tomorrow and for the next 2 weeks. All LABBB programs are closed. 
Below is the email from Julie Hackett, Superintendent from Lexington Public Schools, announcing all 5 districts closing. 
Sincerely,
Patric

Dear Lexington Public School Community:

As we await further guidance from State health officials, area superintendents have collaborated to make a timely and unified decision about school closure. The following districts have agreed to a two-week school closure starting tomorrow: Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington, and Winchester, while other districts in our area are working out the details.

Our decision has been informed by our local boards of health and by expert epidemiologists who recognize that the time to act is now. We know we can have a greater and more positive impact on public health and safety if we make these difficult decisions together.

Many in our geographic area have been impacted due to families who have a greater number of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.  Please be aware that this school closure period of time may be extended or shortened should State authorities so direct. We realize the regional decisions we are making do not necessarily reflect the needs and decisions of our counterparts in other areas of the State.

We do this out of an abundance of caution, particularly out of sensitivity to families and staff who have underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to complications should they become infected.  We also do not do this lightly, as we know that school closure decisions impose hardships on families who do not have childcare options.

More details will be available shortly. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Hackett

Superintendent of Schools

LABBB Podcast Episode #20: Massachusetts Sibling Support Network with Emily Rubin

In episode #20 we talk about sibling support with Emily Rubin. Emily is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UMASS Medical School and Director of Sibling Support at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. She is also Co-founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network (MSSN). Emily is a Licensed Social Worker.

This was a special podcast and it was a reflective experience for me as a sibling of a sister with special needs. Emily shares her research on sibling support groups and her perspective and knowledge on this subject is profound. This is a must-listen for families and siblings and there are many resources you can access.

Check out the MSSN website at http://www.masiblingsupport.org! You can sign up for a free membership at https://masiblingsupport.org/get-involved/membership-sponsorship-opportunities/, and you can find us on Facebook, too:  http://www.facebook.com/masiblingsupport

More information is available on these links:

Supporting siblings of youth with mental health needs: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/tu/supporting-siblings-2012.pdf

MSSN brochure: https://masiblingsupport.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MSSN_brochure__2019-1.pdf

MSSN educational presentations: https://masiblingsupport.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MSSN_EducationalPresentations_2019.png

MSSN research brief on siblings: https://masiblingsupport.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/state_of_siblings.pdf