“We have been planning for this possibility for several weeks, and we are confident that we can adjust our construction schedules, so we increase the possibility for our entire project to be completed before the start of school in the fall,” said School Board President Vicky Flynn.  “In fact, we have already put in motion efforts to replace the artificial turf on Roggy Field sooner than planned.”

HOLMDEL – Holmdel Township public schools will continue remote learning through the end of the current school year, after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that all schools in the state will remain closed through the end of June.

Schools Superintendent Robert McGarry indicated that while today’s announcement offered some clarity around the current school year, a variety of issues, including the status of this year’s graduation ceremonies, remain up in the air. With this new information and with further guidance expected from the Department of Education, the school district will move forward to identify alternate plans for the ceremonies that were to be held in the Collins Arena at Brookdale on June 18th.

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“We know that whenever our schools do re-open, they will look and operate quite differently than they did before,” Dr. McGarry shared with parents in a letter over the weekend. His communication noted that current guidance from both the Centers for Disease Control as well as the White House suggest a wide number of required safety measures that will need to be in place. “They depict how complicated the process will be, but again, by practicing perseverance, patience, empathy, and creativity, we will continue to rise to these challenges.”

In the meantime, the Holmdel Board of Education would like to take advantage of the early closing to accelerate the final phase of the Holmdel 2020 construction project, which is slated to begin in late June.

“We have been planning for this possibility for several weeks, and we are confident that we can adjust our construction schedules, so we increase the possibility for our entire project to be completed before the start of school in the fall,” said School Board President Vicky Flynn.  “In fact, we have already put in motion efforts to replace the artificial turf on Roggy Field sooner than planned.”

School officials added that the school’s outdoor recreational facilities remain closed for safety reasons while construction takes place this summer.

Coincidentally, Governor Murphy’s announcement falls on Teacher Appreciation Week, an excellent opportunity to recognize the efforts of Holmdel’s teachers during the current pandemic crisis. “My mother was a public school teacher and administrator for 30 years, so I have seen firsthand the dedication and commitment it takes to excel as an educator,” said School Board Vice President Mike Sockol. “The Board appreciates the hard work by our staff during these challenging times, and we encourage parents and students to take time out this week to show their appreciation as well.”