RPS COVID-19 Statement
The Randolph Public School District is committed to providing a safe environment during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Maintaining a safe environment is critical to the District’s ability to provide students with in-person classroom learning. Due to the fluctuating nature of the pandemic and resulting guidance and recommendations from public health experts, such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the local Board of Health, Randolph may, from time to time, establish health and safety requirements, including but not limited to, mandatory face coverings, to ensure the health and ongoing operations of the school community.
Randolph will provide notice of any health requirements to students/parents/guardians. Randolph reserves the right to establish such health requirements, in a manner consistent with state and federal law, and which will remain in place until rescinded by the School Committee and/or Superintendent.
August 16, 2021
Dear Randolph School Community:
I hope that you all have had a wonderful summer. The school year is fast approaching and the district is eager to have our staff and students back in our schools in-person, full-time, five days a week this fall. We are busy preparing for a safe, challenging and joyful start to the 2021-2022 school year.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to exist in and around the Town of Randolph, which presents continued challenges for our school community in the upcoming school year. As always, health and safety remain our top priority in Randolph, and educating our children in person without interruption continues to be our goal.
Although there may be different approaches to health and safety in other surrounding area public school districts. In Randolph, we will return to indoor mask-wearing. Effective August 23, 2021, all students, staff, and visitors—regardless of vaccination status—must wear masks indoors while in any Randolph Public Schools facilities. Face-masks are not required: (1) when outside; or (2) when an individual works alone or in a segregated space (e.g., cubicle). Many of you have questions about the upcoming school year; please see the Back to School FAQs included in this communication to learn more. Many of the protocols and requirements that we are starting the year with are the same as how we ended the year.
I look forward to welcoming you all back soon, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!
Superintendent of Schools
The Randolph Public Schools has compiled the following information to educate families on the Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19). Please check this page regularly as we will be updating information as soon as we receive it.
DPH has created a website updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages.
Visit: mass.gov, cdc.gov
How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus:
The NASP released a resource for parents:
Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts