I hope this message finds you and your family in good health and good spirits. Today we learned that schools in Massachusetts are closed until May 4th. I am reaching out just to let you now we are all thinking about you. In our community, and country, we are all wondering how and when this current health crisis will end, and what the future will look like when it’s all over. But – it’s different for you.
For most of us, things will go back to normal. We have all missed out on events and activities; that’s disappointing. But you’re a high school senior – and this exciting and rewarding time in your lives has been turned upside down almost overnight, and it can’t be replayed. You are old enough to understand the situation. But – you shouldn’t have to.
I don’t know if we will be able to restore all of the activities and traditions that seniors look forward to when we re-open. Your education is not the same despite the best efforts of your teachers, counselors, and administration. You are planning for college, career, and the next chapter of your lives without your friends and your HHS family by your side. Be assured that we will do everything we can to celebrate you and the Class of 2020 when this ends. You have earned our efforts to recognize your accomplishments. But – it will likely be different.
You are living through an unprecedented period in the history of our country during a formative time in your lives. We need you to learn from these experiences – so when it is your turn to lead us, you will understand what collective sacrifice for the benefit of all looks like. Your sacrifices today are saving lives and will help get our nation and community back up and running again soon. Learn from the everyday heroes that are working tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. All around us, people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all beliefs, and all abilities are coming together – albeit from a safe distance – to do something important and selfless. Before you know it, you will be the leaders and the influencers. You may not understand it now – but you will.
You are not forgotten, and you are all a source of tremendous pride for our entire community. Each of you has a story in progress, and although this chapter was unexpected, it will make you stronger in the long run. For now, make the best of it. This time with your family will matter in the years ahead. Take the time to reflect on your time in Hanover and what you have done to make it a great place to grow up. Thank someone who has inspired you and helped you get where you are today – and where you are going. I know you will take these lessons with you into the future, and always remember that people selflessly working together for the benefit of all can overcome all challenges. Have faith. Have hope. We believe in you. It is difficult to understand today – but it will get better. Now, go wash your hands …
With Gratitude and Best Wishes,
Superintendent of Schools