CRANFORD - The Cranford Public Schools district will be closed on Monday, March 16 to prepare and develop strong and meaningful plans for students in the event of school closures due to the coronavirus, according to a letter sent to parents on Friday by Superintendent Scott Rubin. 

With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news, the Cranford Public Schools district continues to closely monitor the situation and follow guidance from the CDC, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Township Health Officer Mike Fitzpatrick, and the New Jersey Department of Education.

Though is currently no recommendation to close schools in the area, the Cranford Public Schools district has been asked by the Department of Education to act with a precautionary set of protocols and to develop a plan should it become necessary for school closure where the day would still count as a school day for students. In other words, the physical school buildings would be closed, but students would maintain learning in one form or another.

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To prepare, all Cranford Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, March 16, and the single session (half-day) scheduled for Monday, March 30 will now be a full day of school. During the closure, all schools will receive additional disinfecting.

Recommended Precautions for Preventing the Flu and Other Viruses:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Wash hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing.

  • Keep your children home when they are sick.

  • Children should not return to school unless they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.

  • Avoid people who are sick.

  • Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects.