March 9, 2020

Good Afternoon Hawthorne Families:

As a school district we continue to monitor the emerging situation concerning Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Our maintenance and custodial staff are implementing nightly prevention protocols as they continue to conduct deep cleaning in all of our district schools and school buses.  They’re also employing the use of our electrostatic disinfectant sprayers to increase our cleaning capacity.

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Along with schools throughout the state, we’ve begun preparations for a potential need to provide remote learning opportunities for our students.  Earlier today, I met with our administrative team to discuss a district plan to implement should there be a need for a public health related closure.  While we hope things in New Jersey will not progress to that point, we agree that a collaborative plan is critical to ensure that we are prepared to meet the needs of our students in Hawthorne.

To assist our teachers in their preparations, we’re making a change to our district calendar and students will now follow an Early Dismissal (1/2 day) schedule on Thursday, March 12, 2020.  On that day, teachers will remain in school to develop their remote learning plans.  I realize that last minute changes to our school calendar can be challenging.  However, we feel this situation requires that teachers are provided adequate time to prepare for this potential closure.  Please note that the SACC will also operate on an early dismissal schedule at the elementary schools and parents should remember to send lunch with their child.

We are also asking that you please participate in a brief survey so that we can gather information about the availability of home devices and internet access.  Click here to access the survey: https://forms.gle/UzdPFxJxnLmqP7JX6.  If you are unable to access the survey, feel free to contact your child’s school to answer the survey questions.

We continue to stay abreast of the information coming from the New Jersey Department of Education, New Jersey Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control regarding the need for school closures or trip cancellations.  In the event the New Jersey Department of Health mandates a school closure, the district will communicate further instructions.

As always, we will continue to update our school community and work to ensure the safest possible learning environment.  On behalf of the district, we would like to thank our students, staff and parents for their continued patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  If you have any questions or concerns, I would encourage you to reach out to your child’s school.

Thank you and have a great evening.