March 12 2020

Burlington Public Schools to Close Starting Friday Due to Concerns Over Coronavirus

By: Rich Hosford

Update Sunday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. 


Burlington Public Schools, along with K-12 schools across the state, will now be closed until at least April 7 at the order of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. The announcement was made Sunday evening.


Original Story 


Burlington is among a number of schools in the area that will close starting on Friday, March 13 and will remain so until at least March 27.


As superintendents of schools await further guidance from state and federal public health officials, a group of superintendents in Middlesex County have collaborated to make a timely and unified decision about school closure, a release from the schools states. 


The following districts have agreed to a two-week school closure: Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington and Winchester. 


"As we await further guidance from State health officials, area superintendents have collaborated to make a timely and unified decision about school closure,” school superintendents said in a joint statement. “Our decision has been informed by our local boards of health, as well by expert epidemiologists who recognize that the time to act is now. We know we can have a greater and more positive impact on public health and safety if we do this together.”


The superintendents add that the decision was made after a number of cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the area. 


“Many in our area have been particularly impacted due to our families who have a greater number of presumptive positive cases in the area,” they state. “Please be aware that this school closure period of time may be extended or shortened should State authorities so direct. We realize the decisions we are making in our geographic region do not necessarily reflect the needs and decisions of our counterparts in other areas of the State.”


“We do this out of an abundance of caution, particularly out of sensitivity to families and staff who have underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to complications should they become infected,” the superintendents conclude. “We also do not do this lightly, as we know that this will impose a hardship on families who do not have childcare options.”


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