Dear Chelsea Public Schools Community,
This past year has been incredibly challenging, but our families and staff have demonstrated tremendous grace and resilience through it all. Back in March 2020, when Massachusetts was emerging as one of the early epicenters of the COVID-19 outbreak, we knew that closing school buildings was essential to stopping the spread of the virus. As we navigated the unfamiliar world of remote learning, our Chelsea community came together to make the best of a difficult situation.
Now, as vaccines against COVID-19 are available and public health data in the Commonwealth are moving in the right direction, Massachusetts schools are reopening. However, to maintain this hard-fought progress we must continue to adhere to health and safety precautions and make necessary adjustments to minimize risks. It is in that spirit that we now confront the very complex question of how to reopen school buildings and return many students to in-person learning while taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of all children and adults.
The challenge before us is to craft a reopening plan that includes a full range of health and safety precautions, as well as several critical adjustments to the way schools operate, to protect all students and staff. As your Superintendent, I will state unequivocally that whatever reopening plan we ultimately adopt, every student in the Chelsea Public Schools will be engaged in learning five days a week.
A safe return to schools, and the safety of our entire city, will require that we consistently work together as partners – families, students, and staff. Together, we can ensure that the 6,200 students in the Chelsea Public Schools get the education they deserve in the safe, supportive learning environments.
Dr. Almi G. Abeyta