HOLMDEL, NJ - Holmdel schools have joined the new crowd of online learning environments.
Effective next Tuesday, March 17, the education 'remote learning' crash course for the country continues at home with schools closed to begin a virtual learning environment for K12.
Holmdel parents, students and educators will face this new challenge together and partnership will be critical for success.
A letter from Holmdel Superintendent Robert McGarry, who has been carefully navigating this journey from the beginning with his staff, was sent to all families this afternoon.
It is here in its entirety:
Dear Holmdel Families:
After consultation with the Monmouth County Health Department, educational leaders throughout the county as well as the Holmdel Township Board of Education, I have decided to close our school district for a period of at least two weeks (tentatively through March 27th) in order to support our community’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We have been actively preparing for this possibility for some time. While for children in K-12 it is simply not possible to replace live instruction from a teacher or the interaction among students that takes place in our schools, we have developed a plan that we think will assist us in providing continuous learning and support during this interruption. We will implement this plan next week and will provide you with guidance ahead of time.
This will be a true test of our ability to “Innovate to Elevate,” as none of us have ever experienced anything that comes close to our current reality. Fortunately, as a Future Ready School District, we have been steadily building our digital expertise through the use of a variety of platforms and will utilize these and others throughout this period.
In order to complete our preparations, Monday, March 16th will be an Emergency Closing Day for students and most staff. We will also use that day to distribute loaner devices to those who previously requested a device. This will take place on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Main Office of Satz School.
We will begin remote instruction and learning on Tuesday, March 17th. More specific details about our Continuous Learning Plan and the expectations we have for students will be sent in a subsequent message prior to Tuesday.
I believe this is the most prudent course of action to take at this time to protect the health and safety of our children and young people as well as our staff members and the community. Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time. I am keeping all of our families in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Yours in Education,
Robert A. McGarry, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Schools are closing across the country as the United States grapples with the novel Coronavirus emergency, about which President Trump declared a national emergency earlier today.