KENILWORTH NJ - With more cases confirmed of the global pandemic COVID-19 to keep watch on health and safety the Kenilworth schools will be closing beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Please see the important message from Kenilworth Superintendent Kyle C. Arlington.
Dear School Community:
As of this writing, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community. Nevertheless, with an eye on health and wellness, schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th for a period of two weeks. I will remain in close contact with you throughout this period and update you with check-ins and developments.
Our teachers worked hard today to prepare for distance learning. Likewise, my Leadership Team helped to work through many challenges. And, I'm proud of their teamwork, flexibility and professionalism. Please note the following:
This is a high-level overview of next steps. I will be sending additional guidance on Sunday in accordance with the timeline at the end of this correspondence. Upon receipt of that guidance, faculty and staff should check their emails for internal information (including scheduling details for faculty and staff volunteers for student materials pick-up.)
On Monday, March 16 we will use our first give-back snow day. The day will be used for the purpose of students retrieving their information, resources and "go bags" from their school. A suggested schedule for when to pick up materials on Monday will be forthcoming in Sunday's guidance.
All field trips, school events, and activities are also postponed, effective today, until further notice. This includes sports practices, scrimmages and contests. Some events may be rescheduled for future dates once schools are reopened.
Distance learning will begin on Tuesday, March 17th.
We are building sections on our website that will be the repository for important details and include information such as:
Distance learning FAQs
Ways your child's teachers will be communicating with you and how you will access learning and their support
Information about free and reduced lunch pick-ups
Details about borrowing technology based on our recent survey results
Timeline Moving Forward:
Sunday, March 15th
Superintendent Update sent with distance learning details and protocols
Release of suggested schedule for Monday's pick up of student materials
Monday, March 16th
First give-back snow day
Students retrieve materials in accordance with suggested schedule
Tuesday, March 17th
Distance learning begins
I appreciate everyone's cooperation, flexibility and understanding as we take every measure to keep our school community safe during this national emergency.
I will connect with you again on Sunday.
Kyle C. Arlington
Superintendent of Schools