KP schools, district elementary schools extend closureMilford Daily News, Mass. — Heather McCarron Milford Daily News, Mass.
March 26-- Mar. 26--King Philip Regional School District and the elementary schools in Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham will all be closed for a longer period than previously hoped as the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis continues.
Following Gov. Charlie Baker's unprecedented order calling for all schools across the state to remain closed through April, the superintendents of the KP, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham schools on Wednesday announced that schools will not reopen until May 4.
The announcement was made just after 5 p.m. Wednesday. Originally school officials hoped to reopen schools on April 7.
With the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections and related deaths rising in the state, Baker said the measure is an important part of preventing the continued spread of the coronavirus. As of March 25, the state Department of Public Health reported 1,838 cases of COVID-19 in the state -- one in Wrentham. The DPH has reported 15 deaths related to the virus.
A press release about the extended King Philip area school closures that was released Wednesday evening advises students to continue remote learning activities "with the guidance of their teachers and school leaders."
Teachers will also continue to reach out to students and families on a regular basis.
Additionally, the release says, "all athletics programs, events and after school activities will also remain suspended and fields, playgrounds and play areas will be closed until further notice."
The four school districts are continuing their food pick-up and delivery services for students and families.
"As a reminder, custodians and maintenance staff are continuing with their comprehensive and thorough disinfecting and sanitizing of all school and administrative buildings to ensure a healthy environment once classes resume," the release states.
Everyone is advised to continue social distancing practices and avoid going out unless it is necessary to pick up food or medicine.
To avoid contracting illness, health officials offer the following tips:
* For a minimum of 20 seconds, wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
* Avoid close contact with those who are sick
* Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
* Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
* When you have a fever or are ill, stay home from work or school
For local updates, visit any of the following:
* Town of Norfolk: norfolk.ma.us/
* Town of Plainville: www.plainville.ma.us/
* Town of Wrentham: wrentham.ma.us/
For state updates, visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: www.mass.gov/covid-19 or for Massachusetts 2-1-1 general COVID-19 information go to mass211.org or call 2-1-1 (24/7)
Sign up for the state's COVID-19 text message notification system to receive important updates: text "COVIDMA" to 888-777
For national information, visit United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
Wicked Local is also providing constant updates as they become available. Visit wickedlocal.com/wrentham (or substitute your town's name)
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