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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
We know that athletics is an important experience for our students and for our school communities as a whole. As such, we are committed to providing opportunities for our student-athletes to participate in interscholastic competitions. However, we must also balance this commitment with our highest priority of keeping our students, staff, and community safe during the current health crisis.
Each Wednesday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) releases their Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report. In the release of last evening’s report, five MVC communities were newly identified this week as “red” on the state’s community-level data map, bringing the total to six MVC communities (representing 7 of the 11 MVC schools).
While DESE guidance indicates that we should not make decisions about educational learning models until we examine multiple weeks of data, this recent increase of cases gives us pause for concern in regard to interscholastic competitions as they mix cohorts of students from multiple communities. Simply put, we want to proceed cautiously in order to not put our students, their families, or our communities at higher risk until we know more about the trajectory of the virus in this area.
As such, we have jointly agreed that we take the following actions:
We are hopeful that we will be able to continue to have interscholastic competitions among our member schools this fall, and we urge the members of our communities to practice proper health protocols (mask wearing, physical distancing, etc.) so that our student-athletes can have the opportunity to compete.
Sheldon Berman, Superintendent, Andover Public Schools
Timothy Piwowar, Superintendent, Billerica Public Schools
Jay Lang, Superintendent, Chelmsford Public Schools
Steven Stone, Superintendent, Dracut Public Schools
Joel D. Boyd, Superintendent, Lowell Public Schools
Brandi Kwong, Superintendent, Methuen Public Schools
Gregg Gilligan, Superintendent, North Andover Public Schools
Chris Malone, Superintendent, Tewksbury Public Schools