GCS Closure Extended by Governor Baker

March 25, 2020

Dear GCS Families,

Our thoughts are with you all as you navigate these incredibly challenging and concerning times during the COVID-19 health crisis.  It is difficult enough being confined at home while caring for young children in a crisis, and also perhaps working from home, or still going to work as an essential employee.   We all are worried about the health and safety of our loved ones.

As many of you have heard, Governor Baker has just mandated this afternoon that all schools, including non-emergency child care centers, must remain closed until Monday, May 4th. This is beyond our control.  We acknowledge that many of our GCS families may be reeling along with us regarding this new information, in terms of the care and education of children, being able to work, and the financial ramifications.

At this time, we are still holding out hope to extend the school year to make up for some of the lost time.  Administratively we are working with GCS leaders regarding the financial implications, and are trying hard to balance the best interests of both GCS families and staff.  We are figuring things out so we can be sure to reopen our doors in May and be here for all of you.

We hope that you are enjoying and participating in the learning at home ideas, and videos or virtual conferences offered by GCS teachers.  We are striving to connect with children and families, reassure children that teachers and friends are still a part of their lives, provide structure and educational guidance, and keep children’s love of learning alive.

We understand families have many questions and concerns, and will stay in touch with you all.

Sincerely,

Linda Kosinski, Director,  lkosinski@grotoncommunityschool.org

Lisa Stafford, Assistant Director, lstafford@grotoncommunityschool.org

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