FLEMINGTON, NJ - The start of virtual learning in the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District has been a positive for students and staff, according to a notice from superintendent Kari McGann.

"I am extremely proud of our Flemington-Raritan Regional School District students, families, faculty and staff," she said in a post on Facebook.

Tuesday was the first day of virtual learning for the district, and McGann said she received emails from parents about how impressed they were with the procedures set up to support student learning in virtual classrooms.

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"I heard how building principals were in Google Classrooms with students and teachers," she said. "I saw guidance counselors and school nurses providing tips online to breathe, wash hands and stay connected virtually with friends."

Among other firsts, McGann said in the post, was the district's first day of providing breakfast and lunch for students eligible for and enrolled in the free or reduced meal program. Families, she said, stopped by Reading-Fleming Intermediate School to pick up "grab and go" meals, and the class III officers, along with members of the Maschio's food services team, members of the maintenance department, the business administrator and McGann herself greeted families.

The board of education will still be holding its regularly scheduled meeting March 23 at 7 p.m., but because of concerns about spreading COVID-19, they will not be meeting at J.P. Case Middle School. Instead, McGann said, they will hold the meeting through a live stream, with a link posted on the website so the public can join in and participate without having to be there in person amid the risks.

McGann said a presentation on the 2020-2021 proposed budget will be posted on the district website, so the board of education can approve it and it can be submitted to the state for approval. The hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 6.

Anyone with questions on the virtual learning or any other topic should contact the school's administration or child's classroom teacher. The district administration is also available for questions.

"Once again, thank you for your attention, cooperation and flexibility during rapid changes as we work together to support every student, every day at every opportunity," she said.