Marlborough Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bergeron
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MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough Public Schools start the school year on Monday, September 21.

Marlborough School Committee approved a hybrid school re-opening plan for the 2020-21 school year.

“We can be thankful for the efforts of the entire faculty, staff, and administration for their commitment to your children. I would like to thank the School Committee, Mayor Vigeant, the City Council, our city departments and partners, and the Marlborough Board of Health for their support over the past six months getting us to this critical point,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Bergeron in a letter to parents.

“I would like to touch upon a few issues necessary to a safe and successful reopening. If we as a community want our return to schools to be successful, we all need to commit to some simple responsibilities. Wear a mask. Wash your hands with soap or sanitize if soap and water is not available. Maintain appropriate physical distancing in public places,” said Bergeron.

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“As a community, we have the power in our collective hands to lower the rate of infection by remaining vigilant this fall. Do not send your kids to school if they are feeling sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19. Have them tested as soon as you can. There will be no attendance awards this year- we all need to focus on our responsibilities. Families of both students and staff are making incredibly difficult choices this summer. An easy choice for all of us will be to continue to be vigilant and to keep each other’s health and safety as a priority each day,” said the Superintendent.

“You can prepare for school routines starting right now. I know during the summer some of our students have taken advantage of sleeping in and spending late nights on video calls, streaming movies, and playing games. When classes resume this fall, having breakfast and being alert and ready to pay attention to our teachers is paramount to your students’ success. Start building your child’s tolerance by practicing wearing a mask at home right now,” wrote Bergeron.

This school year will look different and feel different. The understanding between the schools and the families we serve is we will all follow the simple rules to keep each other safe and healthy. Do not allow your children to come to school with bandanas or gaiters for the school day- we expect everyone to wear an approved mask. The district will provide reusable, washable cloth masks for students if needed. We have installed hand sanitizing stations throughout our schools and have prepared our environment to maximize distances between students. We have gone to these lengths to be able to respond to the health and safety challenges at hand and we need cooperation from everyone involved to make this successful. I want to thank everyone for their continued support and patience as we finalize details for our return to school,” concluded the superintendent.

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