Dear WPS Families and Staff,

To say that these are uncertain times would be an understatement.  Our announcement yesterday that the Wellesley Public Schools would be closed for approximately two weeks is an unprecedented action and one that reflects the seriousness with which our community is taking the COVID-19 pandemic.

While school is not in session, I want to remind everyone to follow the guidance from the Wellesley Department of Health regarding the importance of following protocols for personal protection and prevention, as well as to lower the risk of transmission of illness to others. Please remember the importance of social and personal distancing and to avoid large gatherings.

Our principals and senior administrators met throughout the day today to continue planning for the transitional period we have now entered.  We recognize that there are many questions from our staff and families that range from issues of pay and work expectations to the parameters of remote learning options for students.  We have already begun to work with our educator and staff unions on jointly answering many of these questions and I appreciate their thought partnership in navigating these complex issues. Similarly, our work to offer learning opportunities for our students during this transition is well underway, which we hope to finalize early next week for implementation on Thursday.

We also understand that the WPS closure may impact some members of our community more than others.  In particular, we are concerned about students who rely on schools for free and reduced meals.  We have worked with Whitsons School Nutrition to develop essential services for students to have access to breakfast and lunch during this closure.  If you would like to order breakfast and/or lunch for the week of March 16th through 20th, please click on this link to make your meal selections before 7 AM on the day you would like to order.  Pre-ordering for the week is encouraged. Ordered meals can be picked up at the Wellesley Middle School (side entrance by the loading dock off D’Auria Drive) between 12 Noon and 1:30 PM daily.  We are working with community partners to offer delivery of meals to the Wellesley Housing Authority on a daily basis. A second order form will be available next week for ordering meals during the week of March 23rd through March 27th.

Please contact the Whitsons Food Service Department at 781-446-6250 – for Matt Delaney (extension 5708) or for Sue (extension 5707) for any special requests.

Our Boston resident students will be able to access the City of Boston food resources: https://www.boston.gov/departments/food-access   

As we move into next week, we will continue to provide updates on all aspects of our operations.  In the meantime, please continue to take care of yourselves and each other.

Best regards,

Dr. David Lussier
Superintendent of Schools

WPS Update 3/13/2020
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