(East Orange, NJ, March 16, 2020) - East Orange, NJ, March 16, 2020: In compliance with the State of New Jersey mandate to reduce the chance of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading rapidly in schools and local communities, the East Orange School District will close for all students and staff effective Tuesday, March 17 - Tuesday, March 31.
During this time, students will participate in virtual learning instruction via Google classrooms. Explicit directions can be found posted on the school district’s website at www.eastorange.k12.nj.us. All classrooms will be monitored daily by the teacher. If a student does not have Internet access at home, the parent or guardian can call Comcast at 1-800-391-3000 to set up free Internet service for the time school is closed. Parents will also be provided with the phone numbers for one (1) or more staff in each of the schools to contact for any specific questions related to their child.
Additionally, to ensure that students benefit from the same nutrition provided by the district under regular circumstances, five (5) school locations have been designated to serve as “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch sites between the hours of 8AM-10AM. The sites are as follows:
- Edward Bowser Elementary, 180 Lincoln Street
- East Orange Campus High School, 344 Prospect Street
- Mildred Barry Garvin Elementary, 1 Grove Place
- Whitney Houston Elementary, 215 Dodd Street
- Langston Hughes Elementary, 160 Rhode Island Avenue
School and city officials continue to monitor alerts from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about the possibility of the spread of Coronavirus within the United States. According to the CDC, person to person contact is thought to be the main method of transmission for the Novel Coronavirus and precautionary measures such as frequent handwashing for 20 seconds and regular disinfecting of homes and offices are highly encouraged.
For more information and updates, please follow the school’s and city’s social media pages on FB and Instagram, as well as the following websites:
East Orange Mayor Declares State of Emergency
By CONNIE JACKSON
March 17, 2020 at 3:39 AM
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Mayor Ted R. GreenCredits: East Orange City Hall
Mayor Ted R. GreenCredits: East Orange City Hall
(EAST ORANGE, NJ, March 16, 2020) – In response to the fast-spreading and unprecedented public health crisis caused by Novel Coronavirus 2019, Mayor Ted R. Green has declared a State of Emergency in the City of East Orange.
Effective Tuesday, March 17- Friday, March 27, City Hall Plaza, all municipal buildings, city parks and the East Orange Golf Course will be temporarily closed to the public. Citizens are encouraged to conduct city business via telephone, email or online, while all emergency matters will be appropriately monitored and managed by essential personnel.
In alignment with Governor Phil Murphy, East Orange strongly encourages an 8pm-5am curfew on all non-essential travel and is restricting all non-essential businesses from being open during that time. Essential services such as supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, and gas stations, may stay open at their normal hours, while restaurants are now limited to take-out or delivery only.
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These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
“Life as we know it has changed, but we have to adapt and adjust as quickly as possible so we can collectively fight the spread of this deadly virus,” said Mayor Green. “I am urging everyone to remain calm, look out for your neighbor, help those in need and continue taking precautionary measures recommended by our health experts. This is a time to be very serious and vigilant about how we take care of ourselves and our community.”
Dr. Monique S. Griffith, Director of Health and Human Services, recommends frequent handwashing for 20 seconds and disinfecting common areas regularly. When soap and water is not available, an alcohol-based sanitizer should be used.
Transportation for seniors will continue for essential trips to medical appointments, pharmacies and supermarkets. To schedule a pick-up, please call 973.266.8832.
East Orange Public Schools will be temporarily closed until March 31. Virtual learning and Grab N’ Go breakfast and lunch sites have been implemented to minimize the risk of exposure. For details, please visit the school district’s website at www.eastorange.k12.nj.us.
Anyone with questions pertaining to the coronavirus should call the East Orange Health Department Hotline at 973.266.5480.
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