Coronavirus Update

GOVERNOR BAKERS EXTENDS STATEWIDE
SCHOOL CLOSURE UNTIL MONDAY, MAY 4
 
Read the Orders HERE

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EVERETT PUBLIC SCHOOLS   

Priya Tahiliani • Superintendent of Schools

MARCH 23, 2020
Meals Program is NOT Impacted by Governor's Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

Dear Everett Public Schools Community,
As you may have heard, Massachusetts will be closing many businesses and services at noon tomorrow.  However, the Everett Public Schools will continue to provide meals-to-go and printed learning packets to all children in the city of Everett from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Whittier School and at Everett High School.  The printed learning packets are for students in grades kindergarten through 8 and also available on the main EPS website for students and families who wish to access the information electronically.  

We will continue to provide updates and to keep you informed about enrichment opportunities and access to meals. We hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy.

 
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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Meals Program Will be Extended to the Whittier on Monday, March 23; Learning Packets Available for Pick-Up

Dear Everett Public Schools Community,
Everett Public Schools will continue to provide free breakfast, lunch, and printed learning packets to all children in the city of Everett from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at Everett High School.  Beginning, Monday, March 23rd, meals-to-go and learning packets will also be available at the Whittier School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.     

We will continue to provide updates and to keep you informed about enrichment opportunities and access to meals. We hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy. 


Thursday, March 12, 2020
Important Message from the City of Everett Regarding SCHOOL CLOSURES and other key updates

Massachusetts currently has 100-plus cases of COVID-19. The doubling time for this virus is 3-4 days continuously. Health professionals have advised that our best and most valuable weapon to combat this pandemic is social distancing, community mitigation, and public health intervention.

Now is the time to act. The City of Everett, as of Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., will be taking the following measures:
• EVERETT PUBLIC SCHOOLS will be closed for a period of 30 school days beginning on Friday, March 13, 2020 through Monday, April 27, 2020.
• Everett City Hall will be closed to the general public for a 2-week period reopening on March 30, 2020.
• Non-Essential City employees shall not report to work. Those able to work remotely shall do so. Please refer to your department head if you have any questions. Employees shall not travel or vacation this time period unless prior authorization has been granted. Employees found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline. The purpose of the shutdown is social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. Employees will be paid appropriately.

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Chief of Staff Kevin O'Donnell at Donnel@ci.everett.ma.us or Deputy Director of Communications Deanna Deveney, |

March 12, 2020
Our First Priority is the Health and Well-Being of Our Students

Dear Everett School Community,

By now, you should have received an important communication from the City of Everett with the decision to close school beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020 and for students to return to school on Monday, April 27, 2020.   

I understand that the decision to close schools will create disruption, but we believe that this is the best path forward to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.  EPS will be providing meals-to-go from the Everett High School lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. These lunches will be available starting Monday, March 16th until Friday, April 17th, with the exception of Good Friday, April 10th.  To be eligible, students must be enrolled in the Everett Public Schools or Saint Anthony's School.

We cannot stress enough that our priority at EPS is the health and well-being of our students, families, staff and the entire school community.  As the safety of our community remains our primary focus, we hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy.  

Sincerely,  

 

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Priya Tahiliani
Superintendent of Schools


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March 10, 2020

Joint Update from the Everett Public Schools  and the Everett Teachers Union

Dear Everett Public Schools Community, 
Though the risk remains low here in Everett, there are growing concerns about the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (also called COVID-19) in the United States.  We will be communicating with you regularly to share updated information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  

NEW Recommendation from the CDC Officials as of March 6, 2020:

Anyone who has traveled to China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea is asked to stay at home for 14 days upon their return to the United States to monitor their health and are asked not to go to school or work. This applies to travel that has occured in the last two weeks and going forward. It also applies even if your child was previously cleared to attend school since returning from one of these countries in the last two weeks. 

During that 14-day period, you should be monitoring your family’s health by:
• Taking your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and watching for a fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher.
• Watching for symptoms including a fever, cough, trouble breathing, and shortness of breath.

During that 14-day period, you should also be limiting interactions by:
• Avoiding public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during.
• Avoiding crowded places (shopping centers, schools, workplace, church and movie theaters).
• Keeping your distance from others (6 feet or 2 meters away).

If your child is missing school due to travel restrictions, please contact your child’s school to inform them so that they can arrange for appropriate education and support while your student remains at home.  

General Recommendations and Precautionary Measures:
If at any point symptoms appear for yourself or your child, please contact your health care provider or local emergency room.  You should call the health care facility first to discuss your symptoms and travel history before making a trip to your doctor’s office or hospital.  

In the Everett Public Schools, we are actively preparing to ensure the safety of our students by conducting the following:
• Each of our school buildings are being thoroughly and consistently disinfected, especially prioritizing high touch areas, such as desktops, handles, railings, and cafeteria tables.  
• We added hand sanitizers to the reception areas of each of our school’s main offices so they are readily accessible to all school visitors.
• We have increased the level and frequency in which our bathrooms are being monitored to ensure that soap and paper towels are adequately stocked.   

Finally, everyone in the Everett community should practice the following precautions to reduce the risk of spreading respiratory viruses and to keep everyone safe: 
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• If you do not have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Frequently disinfect high touch surfaces and objects.  

Additional Resources:
For more information about COVID-19 please read information from the CDC here.
CDC What You Need to Know: English, Chinese, Spanish
CDC What To Do if You're Sick: English, Chinese, Spanish

As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation. We are closely monitoring advice from public health authorities and will provide you with updated information as it becomes available on our website, everettpublicschools.org.  If you have questions that are not addressed here, please reach out to coronavirus@everett.k12.ma.us.

Stay healthy and safe,

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Priya Tahiliani
Superintendent of Schools

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Kim Auger
President of Everett Teachers Association

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 11

Please read this important message from Mayor Carlo DeMaria regarding the Coronavirus. The City of Everett, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Everett Public Schools are working in close collaboration to ensure all of our students, staff, and family remain healthy and safe.  

The City of Everett and its officials have learned that the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has been closed due to potential exposure to Coronavirus (COVIV-19). In their statement the library said, “Neither of the library employees have shown symptoms and both are in self-quarantine. The risk of transmission is low, we are notifying the public out of an abundance of caution.”

 

The museum’s guidance is for anyone who visited the museum between March 2 and March 11 to monitor their health.

We are aware that students and faculty from the Parlin Elementary School 5th Grade class visited the library during this period. In close collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Everett Public Schools, we have determined that the closing of any schools and/or public buildings is not necessary. Staff and students at the Parlin are at very low risk, but we do ask that they monitor their health. If families choose to monitor their children from home, we will respect that decision. However, the school is being deep cleaned overnight and will be open to receive students tomorrow morning.

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