New LABBB Podcast #21: Brendan Aylward from Unified Health and Fitness

In Episode #21 we have our first guest of the 2020-2021 school year and joining us is Brendan Aylward. Brendan has a degree in special education from Lesley University and is the owner of Unified Health and Performance in Lancaster MA. Many LABBB students work out at his gym and he has created a unique culture in his gym integrating students with special needs with all gym members. Brendan’s mission aligns with our mission in LABBB and he has a vision to continue to expand his business and offering more services and inclusive opportunities for students with special needs. He also created AdaptX which is a training program to become a coach for adapted fitness programs for athletes with disabilities and he talks all about it in this podcast. Unified Health and Performance Website:

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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. 

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.


Dr. Julie Hackett

Superintendent of Schools