Coronavirus [COVID-19]: March 12, 2020

Update: Minuteman High School will be closed on Friday, March 13, and Monday, March 16, 2020.

Staff are to report to work on Friday.

Superintendent Ed Bouquillon e-mailed the following message to students, families, and staff at 4:45 PM on Thursday, March 12:

Dear Minuteman High School Community:

We are writing to provide an update on how the global coronavirus outbreak is affecting Minuteman High School. It is still the case that no students or staff at Minuteman have a case, or a suspected case, of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

As stated in an email to families this afternoon, Minuteman High School will be closed for students on Friday, March 13, and Monday, March 16, 2020, out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. It is imperative to do our part to prevent our community members from coming into contact with this illness and spreading it to others, particularly those with compromised health. We will also take this time to conduct additional deep cleaning of our facility.

In addition, please note:

  • All faculty and staff are to report to work on Friday. Faculty will use this time to receive further training and practice of our online learning tools in the event of a potential long-term school closure.

  • Students who are participating in co-op/off-site work opportunities are to report to those job sites on Friday or Monday unless their employer states otherwise.

  • All weekend events at Minuteman High School are cancelled.

  • We continue to remind all students, faculty, and staff to use their school-issued Minuteman.org email accounts to receive further instructions.

  • In the event of a prolonged school closure, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is not requiring school districts to hold classes beyond its scheduled 185th day of the school year, or June 30, whichever comes first.

  • Please continue to follow proper hygiene to prevent spread of any airborne virus. This includes washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve, staying away from people who are sick, and staying home if you are sick.

  • For more information about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, visit the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website, which includes fact sheets in multiple languages.

The impact of the global coronavirus outbreak on our community is a highly evolving situation. Please check minuteman.org/coronavirus along with your email for regular updates from Minuteman. If we determine further school closures are warranted, notifications will be issued by email and posted on our website, Twitter, Facebook, and local TV stations. We thank our entire community of students, parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and community members for supporting our efforts to prevent the spread of this illness.

Sincerely,

Edward A. Bouquillon, PhD
Superintendent
Minuteman High School