FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington-Raritan Regional School District Superintendent Kari McGann reported that the school district will remain closed until further direction from the governor's office.
McGann said she promised earlier this month that the district would reevaluate the closing of schools on March 25.
"After consultation with the Hunterdon County Health Department and hearing Gov. Murphy's address to the State of New Jersey on March 26, 2020, the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District will remain closed until further direction from the governor's office," she said. "Gov. Murphy's direction to close schools follows the March 16, 2020, Executive Order No. 104, which stated that schools would stay closed as long as the Executive Order stays in place."
The district, she said, is using a combination of methods to deliver home instruction, and parents and students should use communication from their classroom teachers to receive learning links, communication and instruction.
All school buildings, McGann said, will be closed to the public, students, parents and visitors until further notice.
McGann said the originally scheduled district spring break will remain as planned. April 9 and April 20 are emergency closing days, she said, but one of them will be used to make up for March 16 when students were not in school and virtual learning had not yet begun.
McGann said it is anticipated that a revised calendar will be distributed after it is approved at the April 6 board of education meeting.
The district is continuing to provide meals to eligible families at the schools nearest to them every Monday and Thursday during home instruction, beginning March 30 in several time slots: 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Copper Hill School; 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Barley Sheaf School; 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Francis A. Desmares School; and 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Robert Hunter School.
Meals can still be picked up at RFIS from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"I recognize the pressures of working from home, guiding children through educational experiences and maintaining balance for families," McGann said. "I want to extend my thankfulness to the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District community, students, parents, staff, faculty and our residents too."
"We are all on this learning journey together," she added.
McGann said they miss being in the school with all the students, but she believes they are only at the beginning of the process.
"We still have issues to address, problems to resolve and a virus to battle," she said. "We must have patience, maintain our hope and work hard to support each other."
McGann said that anyone needing assistance should reach out to teachers, school counselors, building principals or any district administrators.
"We all have a responsibility to follow the guidance of our health officials," she said. "We can stay connected virtually and through phone calls to loved ones, but maintain social distancing. Your health and the health of all of our loved ones may depend on this guidance."