School will remain closed until Monday, April 20th. In the event we are closed longer, communication will be relayed in advance. Our remote learning plan will continue through Thursday April 9th. We will still be observing Spring Break from Friday April 10th through Sunday April 19th.
As a reminder, on Mondays, with the exception of Monday April 13th, pick up for free and reduced meals, learning packets, and 1:1 devices will be held at the McKinley Cafeteria between the hours of 10am-6pm. The breakfast and lunches that are provided are five days worth of food.
Hard copies of assignments and 1:1 devices are available to be picked up during these specific days and times at the McKinley Avenue Elementary School cafeteria.
COVID-19 Action Plan
What if We Need to Close our Schools?
On March 5, 2020, the NJ Department of Education advised all districts that IF we are required by the Department of Health to close schools due to a health concern related to COVID-19, we would be permitted to utilize home instruction to satisfy our instructional requirements.
We are in the process of creating those home instruction contingency plans, which could include direct services and assignments and online instruction (see question below for more details). This means that once our home instruction plan is approved, IF state health officials direct us to close, we would NOT be required to make up those days in the calendar.
What is the District’s Home Instruction Plan?
We are in the process of developing our home instruction contingency plan and we will release it once it is approved. Our plan will take into consideration that students and staff have varied levels of access to technology devices and have varied levels of connectivity in their homes. Our plan will also be inclusive of all learners.
What if I Don’t Have Internet Access or a Computer at Home?
Our home instruction plan will provide multiple and varied ways students can receive instruction.
How Will a Decision to Close Schools be Made?
The decision to close a school is made in consultation with local health officials and/or the Department of Education. If such an action becomes necessary, we would notify our parents the same way we do if we have a “snow day,” i.e. phone call, email and website posting.
The governor declared a State of Emergency on March 9, 2020. What does this mean for our schools?
This declaration does NOT impact how we operate our schools and it is NOT a directive to close schools. The declaration of a "State of Emergency" allows state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist affected communities.
In Gov. Murphy's State of Emergency video on Twitter, he explains that for the vast majority of New Jerseyans "...this declaration will have no immediate impact on daily life. New Jerseyans can still move around freely in the state and go to work and school in accordance with employer and school district guidance.''