BELMAR, NJ —  As concerns over the spread of the coronavirus continue to escalate, steps are being taken at Belmar Elementary School to safeguard the student body, faculty and community-at-large.

It has postponed tonight’s performance of its school play, “Shrek Jr.,” scrapping a plan to have attendance limited to adult family members of the cast and canceling tomorrow night’s show altogether. Now the play will be rescheduled to a later date.

“With an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone the BES performance of 'Shrek' that was scheduled for this evening,” according to the letter issued today, March 13, by School Superintendent David Hallman. “Our goal was to be able to do everything possible to have the play, however it is not in the best interest of our students.”

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Meanwhile, BES will remain open for classes as school officials continue to consult with federal, state and local officials about COVID-19 and its impact on student education. “In accordance with their guidance, we are continuing to deep clean and disinfect our facilities on a regular basis while our staff prepares for the possibility of remote learning,” Hallman said in another correspondence to parents.

“Our focus is currently on prevention, and we do not want to promote fear and unnecessary anxiety, but want to continue to maintain open lines of communication with our school community,” he said.

Parents of students in grades 1 to 3 and students in grades 4 to 8 are currently being surveyed to determined their access at home to the Internet.

The school is asking for donations of Clorox wipes as it is anticipating shortages. They can be dropped off at the main office of the school, located at 1101 Main Street.

Based on the latest information from the state Department of Health, five of the 29 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey are in Monmouth County — two in Hazlet, two in Little Silver and one in Manalapan, with those affected ranging in age from 16 to 83.

READ MORE: Presumed Positive Cases of Coronavirus Now Total Five in Monmouth County

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