DENVILLE, NJ – Morris Knolls High School and Morris County School of Technology will resume their hybrid learning environments on Nov 30 after going all-virtual on Nov 4 in the case of Morris Knolls High School, and Nov 9 in the case of Morris County School of Technology, due to COVID-19 concerns. Both schools have paused all athletic games and practices as well as extracurricular activities during the all-virtual period.

In a letter dated Nov 16, Superintendent of Schools James J. Jencarelli and Morris Knolls Principal Ryan MacNaughton notified the Morris Knolls High School community that local health officials had informed them that during the school’s current closure period [Nov 4-Nov 17], an additional eight members of the Morris Knolls High School community had tested positive for COVID-19. As of Nov 16, the school had 11 active cases and multiple other test results pending.

“As a result,” the letter stated, “the Health Department has determined that Morris Knolls High School will be closed through Friday, November 27, 2020. The school will remain in an all virtual model through Thanksgiving Break. During this time, we will continue to follow the hybrid bell schedule. We will re-open school and return to our hybrid model of instruction on Monday, November 30, 2020. This decision, under the direction of the local health department, is the result of significant spread of COVID-19 within our local community and the need for action to slow it down.”

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Morris Knolls High School had gone all-virtual for 14 days commencing Nov 4 when three members of its community had tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period. The cases were deemed to have occurred across multiple classrooms and either a clear connection between the cases existed or a connection to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 could not be easily identified. Contact tracing protocols are underway.

“As we continue to navigate the changing conditions of this pandemic, let us continue to work together in being vigilant in our approach to this public health crisis. As always, the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority,” Jencarelli and MacNaughton urged.


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