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March 19, 2020 // Principal's Update

Dear Families,

It has been a week since our initial decision to close the Sudbury Public Schools to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Since that time our situation and circumstances have evolved rapidly and continuously. For some of us, it may feel like it hasn’t been that long. For others it feels much longer.

As you heard from Superintendent Crozier in his Monday update, today the Sudbury Public Schools has made available to students and families a library of optional opportunities related to our programs in reading, writing, math, science, social studies and wellness. I encourage our students and you to visit and take a look. You received information from our mental health team in supporting our students’ emotional wellbeing. Beyond this, I’m sure you’ve seen that there is no shortage of ideas and opportunities being distributed via social media. Reading continues to be the single most important individual learning exercise in which students can engage at home. We are not trying to continue or advance our curriculum at present, but rather working to help keep learning alive and keep students connected to school.

In addition, teachers have been messaging families with updates and opportunities for staying connected virtually. I want to thank our teachers for their great work during this challenging time. Our team’s main focus continues to be on our students. Educators enter this line of work because they love working with students. They stay in it because of the relationships they build and the care they have for students. Our educators work so hard each day to provide the best for the students of Haynes School. To be kept from doing that feels almost unnatural, if not surreal. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or service provider with any questions. We are eager to stay connected with our students and families.

The next few weeks, and perhaps longer, will give many of us and our children time we never expected to be out of school and unscheduled. This is a unique opportunity to choose how to spend your hours and days. My hope is that students might explore topics that interest and inspire them. In addition, prioritizing physical activity will be a necessity for everyone’s physical and emotional health. It’s also a great time to learn to help more around the house or get familiar with a “life skill.” I learned too late in life how to sew a button on my shirt. Maybe many of our students won’t have to wait?

I know that many of you are working to balance working from home with also being full-time caregivers. As parents, please go easy on yourselves as well. Whatever quality time you’re able to spend with your children will be a valuable gift that will help define them in years to come.

Thank you to the many families who stopped by on Tuesday with your contributions to the Sudbury Food Pantry. Our “parking lot pickup” effort will be a great help to our neighbors in town.

There is more unknown than known at this point. One guarantee is that the Haynes community is a strong one, and one that cares for its members. It will be normal to have abnormal days ahead. Our educators and I are here with you and for you. Our rules in school guide everything we do every day, and I hope our students continue to live them out remotely: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe and Be Kind.

Wishing you good health,


Jeffrey LaBroad
Josiah Haynes Elementary School
Sudbury Public Schools