22 April 2020
Dear Wellesley High School Community,
It isn’t often I write to you all at one time as one audience, but today we are grappling with the fact that we will not return to our school again this year. As Dr. Lussier noted in his letter last night, most of us expected this news to come along at some point. I’ve spoken about this in a number of different forums and thought about it for weeks, but when the news came yesterday from Governor Baker I just felt incredibly sad. I’ll admit I am still processing all those feelings.
There are so many implications to this announcement I could not possibly list them all here. Of course, our seniors have a particular place in my thoughts right now. I have heard from many parents and students already and I’m inspired by the love and support I feel out there for the seniors. I appreciate all the people willing to work and contribute towards possible solutions. Today isn’t the day to have final plans for graduation and other celebrations. Today is a time to commit to trying our best to getting it right for our kids. We have been having some discussions before today and we will begin the process of including many voices in the coming days.
We have also been in touch with many families for whom this time has been and will continue to be a tremendous challenge. We know there are personal and family concerns that make this physical separation from Wellesley High School extremely challenging. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can help in any way. All our resources at the high school are still available and we would be happy to try and assist you if you need resources beyond us in the community.
I want to end by reiterating a sentiment Governor Baker said this afternoon, and that is that the sacrifices we are making are real and they are also making a difference. Our numbers in Massachusetts are starting to move in a positive direction because we have been physical distancing and we are saving lives by doing so. Thank you for all you’ve done to help.
There is no elegant way to do this work. All we can do is be empathetic with each other and deal in the truth. Many of us feel a sense of loss right now. I know I miss being in school and seeing you all. I’ve had the good fortune of being a part of this community for over 20 years now, and because of that experience I know we’ll get through this together. Please be well and we’ll be in touch again soon.