LETTER: Wilmington School Committee Urges State To Fully Reimburse School Districts For COVID-19 Expenses

Below is a resolution unanimously supported by the Wilmington School Committee at their meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

TO:
MA Governor Charlie Baker
MA Secretary of Education James Peyser
MA Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley
MA Senate President Karen Spilka
MA House Speaker Robert DeLeo

CC:
Senator Bruce Tarr
Representative David Robertson
Representative Ken Gordon
Wilmington Board of Selectmen

WHEREAS, if schools are to re‐open this fall in the midst of the COVID‐19 pandemic, it is the responsibility of each school district to do so safely and responsibly; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the state to ensure that each school district is able to pay for the enormous additional staffing, transportation and material expenses required to do this;

and

WHEREAS, the state cannot expect mandatory COVID‐19 safety guidelines to be followed without also ensuring that each school district has the funds required to implement these guidelines; therefore, let it be

RESOLVED: that the state must guarantee every school district full reimbursement for whatever COVID‐19 expenses are required to follow state mandates.

We must ensure a statewide school re‐opening that is safe, responsible and equitable.

THERE CAN BE NO UNFUNDED MANDATES FOR COVID‐19.

Respectfully,

Wilmington School Committee
Jennifer Bryson ‐ Chair
Stephen Bjork – Vice‐Chair
M.J. Byrnes ‐ Secretary
Jo Newhouse
David Ragsdale
Jesse Fennelly
Jay Samaha

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