Dear Members of the Wellesley Public Schools Community,
Earlier today, Governor Baker announced that public and private schools in Massachusetts would remain closed for the remaining months of the school year as a continued safety measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement was not unexpected given the trajectory of cases across the Commonwealth and I applaud the Governor’s concern for the safety of our students, staff, and families in making this difficult decision.
I know this news is particularly disheartening for our seniors, who have worked so hard and were looking forward to the many spring activities that have traditionally marked the end of their time in WPS. Dr. Chisum and our team at Wellesley High School are already working to plan creative ways that we can honor our graduating seniors and celebrate this important milestone in their lives.
With approximately eight weeks left in the term, we will continue to support students at every level through remote learning. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will be releasing additional guidance later this week to help inform our ongoing efforts to provide meaningful and productive learning experiences for students. We will also be surveying our community in the next week to check-in on how our students, staff, and parents are doing as they manage and support learning expectations in this new environment while balancing other responsibilities on the home front.
The school year is not playing out in a way that anyone could have predicted and we will have many challenges ahead of us as we strive to return to normalcy. With that said, I can’t imagine being surrounded by a better team of educators, staff, and community partners to meet these challenges. We are all in this together.
Please continue to take good care of yourselves and each other.
Dr. David Lussier
Superintendent of Schools