CRANFORD - Superintendent of Cranford Public Schools Dr. Scott Rubin announced Friday afternoon that the District will transition to full remote learning after the Thanksgiving holiday starting Monday, November 30, through Friday, December 11.
According to Dr. Rubin, the District plans to return to its current system of hybrid in-person instruction following the two-week period, assuming the circumstances at that time support a return.
"I know this is disappointing news, but please know the decision was based on a review of the most current data and circumstances and guided by the Township Health Department," said Dr. Rubin. "The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) released the latest COVID-19 Activity Level Report yesterday, Thursday, November 19, which includes data for the week ending November 14, 2020. The report indicates that the COVID-19 activity level for the Central East region, which Cranford is a part of, is HIGH overall, and the COVID-19 case rate is identified as VERY HIGH. The New Jersey DOH recommends that school districts consider moving to fully remote learning when the regional status changes to HIGH risk. Additionally, the numbers of new and active cases in our community continue to show an upward trend over the last few weeks."
Dr. Rubin mentioned it is anticipated that there will be a sharp increase in the level of travel and gatherings over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, resulting in greater opportunity for transmission of the virus throughout our community and a subsequent need for quarantining. The approach will also provide an opportunity for families who plan to gather over the holiday weekend, in accordance with the governor’s executive orders, to still be able to quarantine for 14 days in preparation for school to resume in-person on Monday, December 14.
"Please know how much we value in-person education," Dr. Rubin added. "Cranford is one of the few school districts that developed a plan where elementary school students can attend school every day. Additionally, Cranford is one of the few school districts that started an in-person hybrid school model in September and has been able to continue with relatively little disruption. Please be assured we will continue to try and implement in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible as we move forward."
The Cranford Public Schools District encourages parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:
- Staying home when you are sick
- Practicing social distancing (staying at least six-feet apart)
- Wearing a face covering while in school
- Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms
- Immediately notifying your child’s school if they have a positive COVID-19 test result