The Webster Public Schools will be closed for deep cleaning throughout the schools, starting tomorrow, March 13th until further notice according to a message from Superintendent Ruthann Goguen.
The closure of Park Avenue Elementary, Webster Middle School and Bartlett High School is “due to the possible contact through a family member who may fall under the CDC guidelines for testing of COVID-19” (also known as Coronavirus.)
All after-school activities have also been canceled for today as well.
The school department is working with the Webster Board of Health for the safety of all students and employees.
Town officials have also been meeting regularly to put measures into place and respond to concerns by residents.
Earlier this week Governor Charlie Baker declared a State of Emergency in Massachusetts due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
In an effort to reduce the risk of spread of the virus, all non-essential Town of Webster sponsored group programs and events are suspended for thirty days, until April 13, 2020, and will be re-evaluated at that time.
This means that non-essential programs and events at the Senior Center, Library, and Recreation Department will not take place in the next month. In addition to this, Tri-Valley, the Senior Center lunch provider, has determined that there will be no meal service beginning March 16th until further notice. The Senior Center will remain open for critical service needs, such as heating assistance, tax assistance, senior outreach functions, and similar activities.
Since the elderly are more at risk for contracting the virus, members of the Senior Center are encouraged not to visit unless they feel the need for social interaction.
The Town of Webster asks for residents and visitors to take preventative steps to protect themselves from the risk of this disease by washing their hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer whenever you are not immediately able to wash hands; cover coughs and sneezes with your arm; clean and sanitize commonly touched surfaces often; and stay home if you are not feeling well.
For any further questions, you may contact Webster Town Hall at (508) 943-3800 or the school department at (508)943-0104.
Official statement from Webster Public School Superintendent Ruthann Goguen:The Webster Public Schools will be closed…