CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa will join superintendents from around the state on a Tuesday conference call with Gov. Phil Murphy on the subject of the Coronavirus, it was announced on Monday night at the regular meeting of the Chatham Board of Education.

LaSusa said he received the email about the conference call on Monday.

"I'll receive, hopefully, some guidance (Tuesday) in the conference call and as soon as I'm able to relate anything to our parents and our staff, I will do that."

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In the meantime, LaSusa has been preparing for a possible district-wide shutdown of schools in case of a Coronavirus confirmation.

"We have been discussing school closure as a possibility for over a month now," LaSusa said. "Our staff and our leadership team have been engaged in a discussion on how to try and provide instruction should we be closed for a long period of time. Those conversations are ongoing. 

"I want to be honest with everyone in that we are better off than most districts in the technology structure that we have available to staff and students. But at the same time, that infrastructure is really designed to be supplementary to what we do in the classroom. It's not meant to be stand-alone. So, it is not as if we can flip a switch and everything we are doing in the school day can be duplicated in an online environment."

Superintendent Michael LaSusa talks about preparations in case school has to be closed due to the Coronoavirus.