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Greater Lawrence Tech to Temporarily Close Next Week to Reduce Risk of COVID-19

Classes Will Begin at 10:48 a.m. on Friday, March 13



ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie reports that Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS) will close its facility next week out of an abundance of caution in an effort to reduce the risk of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the school community. Additionally, the school will open tomorrow with a three-hour delay.


GLTS leadership has decided to close the school temporarily after significant consideration, and in an effort to proactively mitigate the risk of exposure to the virus to students and staff. At this time, there have been no positive or presumed positive cases of the virus in the school community. 


“The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our main concern at all times, and we have decided to close Greater Lawrence Tech temporarily in order to reduce our community’s risk of exposure to this virus as much as possible,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “This is all in an effort to proactively address the COVID-19 situation. I would also like to thank the GLTS community for their patience and cooperation throughout this challenging, evolving situation.”


From Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, GLTS will close its facilities, and students will continue their studies online with the assistance of technologies including Chromebooks and Google Classroom. Educators will be available by email and Google Classroom to assist students throughout the week with their studies and assignments. 


All adult education and after hours programs for area high school students have been cancelled next week. All before and after school events, including athletic games and practices, have also been cancelled next week.


GLTS will be providing wraparound services to ensure students have access to resources and programs to meet a variety of needs next week. GLTS staff will additionally be regularly checking in with students who may need extra help and support next week. Information about the various supports and services that will be provided to students while the facility is closed will also be shared on the school’s website at glts.net.



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