State mandate to shift schedules for Tri-Town schools, restaurants, groups

Mar 15, 2020

The Old Rochester Regional School District responded quickly to a March 15  address where Governor Charlie Baker declared that on March 17 all public and private schools would be closed for three weeks, restaurants can be open only for takeout, and gatherings of more than 25 people will be prohibited to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

These measures from the governor will be in effect for three weeks. 

On Friday, March 13, the school announced that its district was coordinating with other superintendents in the area, including Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School to close for a week. However, Old Rochester Regional Superintendent Doug White responded to the governor’s order on the evening of March 15 by saying that “all schools in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester will be closed at least until April 7.” 

He added that the district will continue to work to provide breakfast and lunch for its students. The administrator said he would also work with educators “to develop alternative educational opportunities for our students.” 

The most current information from the schools will be provided on the District’s website. 

Parents and guardians with questions should contact 508-758-2772 ext. 1956 with any immediate concerns or needs.

YMCA Southcoast declared on its website that all of its locations would be closed effective immediately, with the exception of its childcare programs, which it will continue to run for registered families. 

Tabor Academy had planned to use distance learning beginning on March 26 until April 10. It is not immediately clear how the governor’s orders would impact that plan, or how they would impact Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School. 

Also unclear was how the governor’s orders would impact restaurants and other gatherings across the Tri-Town.