March 10 2020

School Department Announces Numerous Events Canceled Due to Coronavirus

By: Rich Hosford

In the wake of Governor Charlie Baker declaring a state of emergency due to the spread of the Novid Coronavirus (COVID 19) the Burlington Public Schools have cancelled a number of upcoming activities, including the All Town Band Concerts and the band’s trip to Disney. 

“Due to the Governor's declaration of a State of Emergency because of the COVID 19 outbreak, we need to postpone, cancel, or restructure some upcoming events,” Superintendent Eric Conti said in a letter to parents. “While the virus does not appear to be an immediate threat to school age children, our decisions are meant to mitigate the spread in the general community. To date, we have no known students or staff who have been presumed positive in a screening for the virus.” 

Conti said the department will continue to monitor the situation and work with other town departments. 

“We will be continuing to work with the Burlington Board of Health to ensure that we are making the most informed decisions,” he said. “I want to thank [Burlington Health Director] Susan Lumenello from the Board of Health for her support.

Cancelled programs include the All Town Strings and Band Concerts, the music department trip to Disney, Back to School Nights at the Middle and High Schools, and parent conferences at the Elementary schools. They are also cancelling other large gatherings like school carnivals. 

“Eliminating these evening or weekend events will allow our custodians more time to thoroughly clean common areas and classrooms,” Conti said. “The decisions on school day field trips will be made on a case by case basis.” 

Conti said the public will all be hearing more details directly from the event leader in regards to the postponement, cancellation, or restructuring of the event. 

Any can refer to the Burlington Public Schools website for the most up-to-date information. 

“Thank you for your patience as we apply an abundance of caution to this very fluid situation,” Superintendent Conti said.

The Board of Health has an informational page that is being updated regularly that can be found here.


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