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RPS Community Update - October 6, 2020

October 8, 2020

Dear Randolph Public Schools Students & Families:

I am writing to you today to provide an update on our district’s Covid-19 status and the impact on our school system.  As you may have heard, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has recently changed the Town of Randolph’s Covid-19 designation to “red/higher risk”.  This designation is one of several metrics that my administrative team and I are constantly analyzing as we monitor our current Hybrid and Fully Remote learning plans for students.  

In response to this new designation, I have been in direct contact with the MA Commissioner of Education, the Randolph Board of Health, and our local Union Leadership in an effort to gather more information and feedback as to how to continue to deliver high quality instruction in a safe environment for our students and staff.  Back in August I communicated that a red designation for the Town would cause our schools to go “fully remote”.  However, the Commissioner’s Office along with the Department of Public Health has provided new guidance that does not recommend an automatic closure of in person learning.  This new guidance states that even with this new designation, the Town of Randolph is still in Phase 3 Step II, like most other cities and towns in Massachusetts.  The Town of Randolph would need to be in the red category for three consecutive weeks before stepping back to Phase 3 Step 1.  As of today, there are about 30 active Covid-19 cases in Town (out of 32,000 residents).  Since students have returned to school on September 16th, the Randolph Public School district has had only two (2) school community members test positive for Covid-19, including zero (0) since September 27, 2020.

At this time, the Randolph Public School district will continue to implement our current Hybrid and Fully Remote learning plans that are in place for our students.  My team and I will continue to analyze the metrics and I will send a follow up communication after Covid-19 designations are updated by the Commonwealth on October 14, 2020 and will announce any plans to revise our current Hybrid and Fully Remote learning plans, if necessary.

Lastly, please review the information below from the Randolph Board of Health:

This is the time to take action by following proper protocols like frequent hand washing, maintaining social distancing, wearing face coverings, staying home if sick and staying informed about disease prevention to Stop the Spread.   Everyone is encouraged to get tested.  No symptoms are required and it is a free service.  You could be contagious and don’t even know it.  Below, you will find the Covid-19 testing dates and times in Randolph.

COVID Testing

Anyone can get tested for Covid-19 on Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 9 AM until 1 PM in October at the RICC, 128 Pleasant Street.  Register at https://physicianoneurgentcare.com/randolph-testing

Covid-19 testing is also taking place on Thursdays in October from 11 AM until 4 PM at the 300 North Main Street shopping plaza near the America’s Food Basket.  This is a walk up test site and no appointment is necessary.

Please know that we appreciate all of the hard work that our students, their families, and our staff are putting forward to keep our schools safe.  I urge you to remain vigilant and follow our guidelines and protocols around distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene.   

With Warm Regards,

Thea Stovell
Superintendent
Randolph Public Schools
40 Highland Avenue
Randolph, MA  02368
www.randolph.k12.ma.us
781-961-6200