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Superintendent's Update - March 14, 2020

Dear Monomoy Staff and Families,

Our plan has been to stay open until the Cape saw the first case of COVID-19, using every precious moment to help our staff, students, parents, and community transition to a prolonged remote operation of our schools.  A confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Cape today and reports from our Boards of Health now find Monomoy and the Lower Cape closing schools effective Monday, March 16.

Monomoy will be treating next week as “snow days” with no school services happening as we continue to plan the transition to remote learning beginning March 23.  Looking at how school closures have played out in the state of Washington and overseas, where this outbreak surfaced prior to making its way to the Cape, it is unrealistic to think that closing for two weeks will provide the time necessary to see an end of COVID-19 in our region.  Staff, students, and families must prepare for schools being closed until at least the end of April Vacation (April 27).  I hope we will be in a position to reopen our schools earlier than that if there is clear evidence that social isolation has contained community spread of COVID-19, but the timeline in other areas leaves me less than optimistic. 

For now, please take this closure and the need to socially isolate seriously and prepare for the long haul.  Monday evening we will be sharing a detailed plan on our transition to remote operations and how we will be supporting our students, families, and staff during this unprecedented time.  Remote learning is no substitute for the magic that happens every day in our classrooms, but we are going to do our best to maintain learning, connection, and social-emotional supports under challenging circumstances.  Our students and staff will truly be learning to do something new together.  It won’t be perfect, but we will make the best of a bad situation.

Even before this extended school closure, we know that many of our students were expressing anxiety and fears about this COVID-19.  Please emphasize to your children that they are at low risk and that our schools are closing to limit the spread to all, including older family members and those with underlying medical conditions in our Monomoy community.

Please keep an eye out for the updates we will be sending out on Monday as we lay out our plans for the transition to remote operations.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Carpenter, Superintendent
Monomoy Regional Schools