Groton Community School and Perkins School Announce Cancellations and Changes
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 10:17am Heraldgroton
Groton Community School Event Postponed
Groton Community School’s Community Wine Tasting & Silent Auction scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020 has been POSTPONED due to health and safety concerns regarding the coronavirus. We hope to reschedule as soon as our community is able to safely return to our usual daily routines.
To the Perkins community: Today I am sharing an update on our current response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
After much thought and consideration relative to the evolving situation that is Coronavirus (COVID-19), we decided on Friday to temporarily close all Perkins day programs in order to prevent the spread of this disease and protect our students, adults, and staff members as best we can, especially in consideration of the fact that many of the people we serve have underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable to disease.
• The Residential Education and Adult Services Residential Programs will continue to operate. However, all visitors to those programs will be restricted and only those that have been pre-screened will be allowed to enter our programs.
• Doctor Franklin Perkins School Day Education, Perkins Child Development Center, Adult Services Day, and Behavioral Health are closed through Friday, March 20, currently set to resume programming on Monday, March 23rd.
• Rein in a Dream is closed through Saturday, March 21, set to resume community lessons Sunday, March 22.
Notably, Governor Baker’s mandate that schools close for 3 weeks in Massachusetts does not apply to special education schools like Perkins. However, we have already and will continue to reevaluate our closure plans during the course of this week in order to decide whether extended closures are warranted.
In addition, we have worked division by division to identify those staff who can perform their work duties from home and are supporting them in working remotely starting today. For those employees that are continuing to work onsite, we are practicing social distancing in every way possible.
Fortunately, at this time, we do not have any known exposure to Coronavirus or known case of COVID-19 among our staff, residents, students and other program participants. However, this disease continues to spread rapidly and is an evolving situation at Perkins and across our communities. We have been and will continue to consult with State officials and our medical advisors to ensure the best and safest care for all that we work with and that we minimize risk for all members of our community including our staff, residents, and program participants.
We have established a COVID-19 Task Force that is meeting regularly, put in place plans for staffing in the event of a spread or need to quarantine, limited visitors, instituted a screening process, and significantly increased our cleaning and sanitizing to ensure we are minimizing the risk of virus spread. We will continue to do this until the risk has passed. We have also secured a contractor who will come into our facilities to do a complete clean and decontamination.
Students, adults, clients or their families have and will continue to receive direct communication from their program’s director. Perkins staff are also receiving regular updates through internal email communications. As this situation evolves, we will continue to push out communications through email, phone calls and online platforms. Please, though, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your program director or staff contact. We understand how stressful this situation can be and want to do everything we can to be supportive and provide clear communications.
Thank you all and stay well.
Sincerely, Michael Ames, PhD
President & CEO
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