CLARK, NJ - It had to happen according to Superintendent Ed Grande.  The full switch to remote learning for the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School announced Monday after a student tested positive for COVID-19 was unavoidable.

"According to the most updated guidance, the student's classmates and his/her teachers now need to quarantine for 14 days," said Grande. "As things turned out, we did not have the substitutes needed to cover all the teachers with such a quick turnaround time and therefore needed to place all CHK students on the full remote model during this time."

Grande said there isn't the usual pool of substitutes available to pull from this year, due to many factors related to the pandemic, so needing numerous temporary teachers with short-notice was not possible.

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Kumpf is expected to open to in-person instruction on September 29.

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