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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Casey Handfield

Superintendent

Good Evening, Everyone, I hope that this message finds you in good health and preparing to enjoy the Labor Day Weekend! I wanted to provide you with an update of where we are related to the opening of the Auburn Public Schools.

Good Evening, All,  I hope this message finds you well. Attached for your review is the initial draft of reopening for the Auburn Public Schools. Please read it at your leisure. You can expect additional updates as warranted over the next two months. Have a great week!

Good Evening, Everyone, I hope this message finds you well.  Attached is a brief letter from me regarding an update on where we are with plans related to returning to school in fall. I thank you for your continued patience and support amidst the uncertainty surrounding all of us.

Dear Staff and Families, We recently received an advisory from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding certain brands of hand sanitizers which may contain methanol, a substance that may be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.  As our partners in education, we share this important information with you; please carefully read the attached and please stay well.

Good morning, Families and Staff, Today, Governor Baker’s office and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released their initial guidance about reopening schools this fall.  We applaud the level of thought and care that went into the development of this guidance, and share its goal of the safe return of as many students as possible to in-person school settings in order to best meet students’ academic, social and emotional needs.

Dear Families and Staff, Similar to how I start each communication, first and foremost, I hope this email finds you and your loved ones doing well and staying healthy.  We truly will get through this, and we will do so together.

Similar to how I start each communication, first and foremost, we hope this email finds you and your loved ones doing well and staying healthy in the “new normal” in which we are currently living.  We truly will get through this and we will do so together.

As a school district, a community, a state and a country, we find ourselves facing challenges we never imagined just a few short months ago.  In recent days, we have surpassed 100,000 deaths in the United States associated with the COVID-19 virus, our students have been out of school and learning remotely for months and we are now faced with growing frustrations and justified outrage associated with issues of race and inequality following the senseless death of Mr. George Floyd.

APS Return to School Team The question on everyone’s mind, likely among others, is, “When will schools reopen and, when they do, what will it look like?”  Currently, we do not have an answer to that question, but while we await further guidance from Governor Baker, an APS Return to School Team is being established.

As noted in yesterday’s One Call voice message, due to the extended school closure, the Auburn School Committee voted to reduce the bus fee for the current school year to $75 per student as opposed to the original fee of $100 per student.  For families who paid the maximum of $250 for 3 or more children, the total fee for this school year has been reduced to $200.

Additional Resources

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