**** UPDATED TO REFLECT GOVERNOR BAKER'S DIRECTIVE THAT SCHOOLS STAY CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 7TH.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am updating you on the status of our response to the Covid-19 coronavirus and I am following up Mr. Kratz’s all-call with this letter. McCann Technical School will be closed for the next two weeks, as will all Berkshire County schools, in an abundance of caution to help mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus within our community. School will resume on Tuesday, April 7th. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has provided relief from the 180 day school year requirement and has amended it so that schools are not to go beyond their “185th” day. Consequently, our school year will now end on June 25th, our 185th day as noted on our district calendar. Students were informed of this decision at the end of the school day on March 13th and given time to get any necessary belongings out of their locker so there should not be a need to return to the building during this closure. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has mandated that all spring sports cannot conduct any activities until March 30th. Please be assured that we have NOT received any notification that there is a positive Covid-19 diagnosis among our school students or staff at this time and we are not conducting this closure as a reaction to a diagnosis but rather as a proactive measure to help keep our students, faculty, and community as healthy and safe as we can. We realize this is a disruptive measure to take and has implications that will ripple through the community but also recognize the gravity of the situation with all the other districts around us closed and feel we are acting in the best interest of all parties involved. We look forward to seeing our students return on April 7th and wish you all good health.
James J. Brosnan
Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District