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NORTH ANDOVER SCHOOL COMMITTEE RESOLUTION: COVID-19 STATE FUNDING

posted Jun 30, 2020, 5:42 AM by Beverly Zagarri

DATE: June 25, 2020 


TO: Governor Charlie Baker 

Education Secretary James Peyser 

Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley 

Senate President Karen Spilka 

House Speaker Robert DeLeo 

Joint Education Committee Co-Chair Jason Lewis 

Joint Education Committee Co-Chair Alice Peisch 


CC: Senator Diana DiZoglio 

Senator Bruce Tarr 

State Representative Christina Minicucci 

State Representative Tram Nguyen 

Town Manager Melissa Rodrigues 


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, North Andover School Committee 


Helen Pickard, Chair

Holly Vietzke-Lynch

Amy Mabley 

Andrew McDevitt

David Torrisi



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