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