BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ-- Bordentown Regional Middle School has gone full remote.
Due to a third laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the Middle School (BRMS), the Bordentown Regional School District (BRSD) made the decision, in consultation with the Burlington County Health Department, to close BRMS on Monday, November 30, until Thursday, December 10.
In a letter dated Sunday, November 29, BRSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edward Forsthoffer informed parents of the third case and said that the December 10 re-opening date is "directly related to BRMS having three confirmed positive cases."
"The Bordentown Regional School District works closely with the Burlington County Health Department and follows the policies and procedures we have developed in accordance with CDC, State and Local health guidance to ensure the health and safety of everyone within our community," Forsthoffer wrote.
"If anything changes at our school or in the district due to increased COVID-19 activity, I will update you."
BRMS is not the first school in the district forced to go to all-remote learning due to the coronavirus spread. On November 23, Peter Muschal Elementary School announced that it will be temporarily operating under an all-virtual schedule until December 8.
The move towards all-remote learning may not come as a shock to many families, as Forsthoffer told parents in a November 17 letter to prepare themselves for "possible disruptions" in the school schedule.
"We have been fortunate, but I am not sure how long that will last," he said. "As much as I am an optimist, case numbers continue to rise. Back in March, parents were notified on a Friday evening that school buildings would be closed on Monday. It is not unthinkable that this could occur again,” he said.
BRMS serves students in Grades 6 through 8 from Bordentown Township, Bordentown City and Fieldsboro.
To read the full text of Forsthoffer's letter to BRMS families, click HERE.