ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township School Superintendent Kathie Foster has announced that the District will "shut down its physical plant and activate remote/virtual learning for instruction" beginning on Monday, March 16. Foster said Friday that the multi-faceted decision was made in collaboration with the County Health Officer and Mercer County Superintendent and is based upon growing research indicating that social distancing is the only strategy that currently impacts the eventual spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
In a letter to the school community, Foster said that, while there is no confirmed case, the best time to close schools is before the spread happens since "if we wait until one is identified it will be too late to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus."
"We know that this will be challenging for our families and for our staff." wrote Foster. "What has kept me up over the past few nights is recognizing the furious pace that this virus can spread. In good conscience, we feel a responsibility to try to mitigate the growing number of presumptive and potential official cases of the coronavirus."
To reduce the risk possible to students and staff, school facilities will be closed between Monday, March 16 and Friday, April 3 and move to remote/virtual learning. This will include the cancellation or postponement of all after-school, evening, and weekend activities. All events and rental activities at school facilities will be canceled. The Robbinsville Extended Day (RED) program also will be closed but families will receive credit for days missed due to this mandated closure.
During the regularly scheduled spring break -- April 6-13 -- the District will assess whether or not to reopen on April 14 if recommended by health department officials.
"We know we cannot fully replace the live classroom experiences that organically occur with teacher-student interactions and connections. We also know that we are charting unexplored territory as we implement remote learning for our students. However, we are hopeful that this experience will help all of us appreciate the expanded possibilities for students to hone their Rville Ready skills," added Foster. "Please know we are here for you and will navigate this together!"
Schools will remain open (hours posted on the District website) with some essential staff to carry-on with the “business” end of school, to answer questions, or to assist students who need to pick up materials and resources at the schools.
The Robbinsville Public School District is working closely with Aramark, our food service vendor, to devise a plan for daily lunch delivery to participants of the free and reduced lunch program throughout these remote learning school days. A separate letter will be sent to the parents of program participants.
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