Updates from other Town Departments and Boards

FROM THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT:

March 13, 2020

Winchester Community,

In following suit with the recent decision by Winchester Public Schools, and under guidance by state agencies, including the board of health and the Town of Winchester, the Winchester Recreation Department will be suspending all programming starting Friday, March 13th until March 27th. This suspension includes all programming located inside 263 Main Street including Fun School, Pre-School - Kid Connection, WRAP After School, Enrichment programming and any event specifically run by Winchester Recreation. Programs that take place offsite have been suspended as well. We will re-evaluation the situation at the end of this two week suspension and update you on our next course of action at that time.

Given the course of COVID-19, increased social distancing measures are warranted to minimize the impact and spread of the virus in the community. We certainly understand the hardship this will cause families with childcare/coverage during this off time. Our first concern is for the health of our students/participants, their families as well as our staff and their families. We have already begun taking aggressive actions with disinfecting the entire building during this two week suspension period and will continue to do so moving forward. We hope by taking these precautions it will help stop the spread of the COVID-19 within our community.

We will be in constant contact with the Board of Health over the next two weeks to obtain updates/information as they come in. With this situation consistently changing, we will notify you of any additional changes moving forward. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask.

We wish everyone health and patience over the next two weeks and we hope that working together as a community we can get back on schedule sooner than later.

Thank you for your understanding,

Jim Sullivan
Interim Director
Winchester Recreation

March 12, 2020 

Closing our schools for an extended period of time is not an easy decision to make. There are many in the community that will struggle with finding adequate supervision for their children. There are children with special needs who will need services. There are children who receive free/reduced lunches that might lose a source of nutrition. 

As Chair of the Select Board, I have been involved in daily calls with staff from all our departments, as well as the School Committee, and I completely support the decision to close the schools in order to create the social distancing needed to try to slow down the spread of COVID-19. 

These are trying times for all of us. Our Town Manager, Superintendent, and members of the Department of Health have been in constant contact, at all hours of day and night, with their colleagues from neighboring towns and cities as well as State and Federal authorities. Today we will ask the Finance Committee to approve a transfer from the Reserve Fund to be able to get the resources that our departments need. 

Again, this decision has 100% of my support, and I continue to thank the dedicated employees of the Town of Winchester who are working tirelessly through an unprecedented situation to keep us all safe. 

Sincerely,
Mariano Goluboff, Chair
Winchester Select Board