Tuesday, March 3, 2020

A Message From the Superintendent

This is a copy of a letter that you may have received electronically through other means yesterday regarding  the  district's response to the coronavirus outbreaks.
Good Afternoon Beverly Parents and Families,

I am writing with an update regarding the steps we are taking to ensure safe and clean school environments for all our students and staff as we navigate the new coronavirus and prepare for any challenges we may face. I met with district and building leaders today to review our cleaning procedures, identify areas that we can increase our maintenance efforts, and review steps that we will take to intensify these measures if the need arises. We are increasing our efforts and precautions for cleaning and sanitizing the areas students frequent to include an electrostatic application of both a disinfectant and antimicrobial solution on our buses. This process is already utilized bi-weekly in our schools in our administrators offices, nurses office, common areas and athletic areas (locker rooms, etc.). We have added the bathrooms for this week's spraying and are looking to include classroom areas in the coming weeks. We believe these steps will add another layer of precaution that will help to reduce the spread of already identified viruses as well as to help us get ahead of any outbreak of the new coronavirus.

In addition, I wanted to provide an update about planned school travel and the Coronavirus. We are monitoring this situation very closely through several entities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department, the Mass. Department of Public Health, and our local Board of Health. Our students' safety is our first priority. As we continue to monitor the situation, we will inform you if we should learn of any restrictions or changes which could impact the trip your child is scheduled to attend.

As a final reminder, please keep your child home from school if they are experiencing fever and or flu symptoms. Students should remain fever free for 24 hours. I am attaching a resource that you may want to share with your children What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus: An Original Comic : Goats and Soda. Please feel free to reach out to your building principal or myself if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Sue Charochak, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools