July 13, 2020

Azar: Extended School Closure ‘Not Surprising’

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Dighton-Rehoboth School Superintendent Anthony Azar was not surprised by Governor Charlie Baker’s decision to extend the closure of all Massachusetts public schools through May 4.

“Our professional staff is already well positioned to offer a robust distance learning program,” Azar said Wednesday. “We have been identifying for several weeks families that might not have devices or internet access. We believe that by the end of the week we will have devices in the hands of those families.”

Azar also said the district’s “Grab and Go” meal plan was a success and will stay in place until further notice.

Azar, along with his fellow superintendents, will be having a phone conference with the Commissioner of Education.

“We will be gathering information and guidance on next steps from DESE and will report back to our families as what we have learned,” Azar said. “In the meantime our distance learning will continue until further notice.”

“We are all living in a very uncertain world right now,” Azar continued. “My focus, currently, is on the social and emotional well being of our students and staff. Further, our thoughts and prayers are with families who are struggling with loss of wages and with our community businesses that have been woefully impacted by the tenor of our times.”

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