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Superintendent of Schools - Amber Bock

Dear Westborough Families,


I hope that you enjoyed some of this weekend’s beautiful weather. It definitely lifted my spirits to get in some long walks and lots of yard work. I walked by a really fun drive-by birthday party in our neighborhood and everyone seemed happy to be outside visiting at a safe distance.

It is hard to believe it's already June. I have lots of important updates on events and planning for the finish of our school year, and some updates on next steps in looking toward the fall that I'd like to share.

Updates:

  • Last day of school: We have received official notification that the Commissioner has accepted our request that Westborough’s last day of school will be JUNE 17th. I want to acknowledge that this was awarded because of how quickly our Westborough faculty responded to provide meaningful online learning.

  • Senior Week: This week there are ongoing special events to honor this year’s graduating class of 2020. Here are highlights of events that families of seniors will be enjoying. This year since lots of the events are hosted on Westborough TV, it provides a special opportunity for all Westborough families to view and enjoy these events. The Saturday Car Parade at noon to celebrate our seniors will be a chance for you to come out and wave at the class of 2020 to send them off with our best wishes.

    • Here are the details:

      • Events will air on Westborough TV's Education Channels (Verizon 26 and Charter 194) at 5pm. Thank you Westborough TV for keeping our community connected. Broadcasts of various pieces for Senior Week will run all week: Enjoy!

    “Mr. WHS”: A special long standing WHS event showcasing a sampling

      of the many talents of our senior class. A treat for all families.

    • Sun May 31 - 5pm Mr. WHS Ep 1

    • Mon June 1 - 5pm Mr. WHS Ep 2

    • Tues June 2 - 5pm Mr. WHS Ep 3

    • Wed June 3 - 5pm Mr. WHS Ep 4

    • Thurs June 4 - 5pm - Mr. WHS Final Episode

  • Awards Night, immediately following finale of Mr. WHS, on Westborough TV

  • Fri June 5

    • 5pm Baccalaureate and Senior Video on Westborough TV

    • Stroll Down Memory Lane at WHS: invitation only event to senior families.

  • Sat June 6

    • 10:30am, Class of 2020 drop off/pick up and CAR Procession with Teachers/Counselors/Staff/Coaches, at WHS Main Entrance driveway;

    • 12:00pm, Senior Parade: Come out and celebrate our seniors appropriately socially distanced. Back of HS to Ruggles, to West Main, and down to Hastings.

  • Special events for all schools: Principals and parent organizations and our Wellness Department are doing a great job to keep sharing out special closing events and celebrations to keep the year feeling as connected and celebratory as possible. Some highlights:

    • A community wide Field Day June 5th!: This site will have all the details by Thursday. You can look for it HERE.

    • Ongoing Westborough Fitness Challenge: Step up and participate! HERE NOTE: Our community has logged over 140,000 Miles! This is AMAZING. Thousands of lives changed positively through physical activity and wellness!

    • Spirit Weeks, Car parades, virtual Talent Shows and more. Please keep up with email so your family can participate.

NEXT STEPS:

  • Planning has started for reopening in the fall and how we will safely educate our students. This will be both a state and local planning process. Weekly meetings with state leaders are guiding this process and district planning with Westborough faculty and leaders will be ongoing. A timeline of anticipated decisions will be shared with families as we move forward. On June 16th, the state is issuing a guiding framework for us to begin reviewing.

    • Before the end of June we will send a survey that all of our families will need to complete regarding your plans for transportation in the fall. We will be asking families to commit to their plans for how you will transport your children so that we can better organize bus routes. Look for this survey by the end of next week.

  • Community Education summer programs: Currently coordinators are planning to see if they can provide some programming that meets the expectations of the state guidelines for opening.

  • Special Education Summer School: Currently these programs are scheduled to run online. Families have received communication on this planning for their children.

  • There are numerous questions about each layer of our planning that will need to be mapped out and communicated. I know that it causes anxiety for people to wait on answers to these unknowns. Please know that every day we are working on planning and will share decision making with you as soon as possible.

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Thank you and be well,

Amber Bock

Superintendent of Schools