Today Governor Murphy announced that school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. Distance learning will continue in the District. We continue to review and evaluate our delivery of instruction. The District’s Virtual Learning Plan was submitted and approved by the Department of Education, so we will continue to follow that framework, but the administrators, supervisors, and teachers continue to modify lessons to address the needs of the students.
I will be recommending to the Board for their approval a calendar change. The District would have a regular distance learning school day on May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day, and on May 26, the Tuesday after Memorial Day. By eliminating those non-students days, distance learning classes and the school year would end for students and teachers on Friday, June 19 instead of Tuesday June 23. We would still graduate the eighth graders on June 22 and the seniors on June 23.
Interscholastic Sports will not resume this Spring.
The NJDOE will lead stakeholder meetings on summer programs and the reopening for next school year. On the District level, we have committees reviewing the same.
The administrators and staff have been working on plans for end of the year activities. The months of May and June are especially important to the High School senior class. Information about end of the year activities and graduation for the seniors and also for the eighth graders will be sent later today from the schools. All of the principals and I will continue to keep you informed regarding instruction as well as school news and events.
Jack Hurley, Superintendent of Schools