LINDEN, NJ - The Linden School district does not intend to close due to fear of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) but are working on a plan, said school Interim Superintendent Denise Cleary in a letter to parents Monday.

The letter also let parents and guardians know that she remains in contact with the local health department and “the current risk to New Jersey residents remains low.”  

The announcement came on the same day state officials confirmed Union County’s first case of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a 48-year-old Berkeley Heights resident who is being treated at Overlook Medical Center.

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According to Cleary, all schools will remain open and “activities will proceed as scheduled unless we are directed otherwise by the NJ Department of Health.”

She continued by stating that as with every flu season, they will continue to enhance cleaning procedures and ask that parents and guardians assist by encouraging student to wash their hands often and thoroughly, cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing, and staying home when sick.

Below is the complete letter:

Dear Parents & Guardians:

I would like to take a moment to share updated district information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We remain in contact with our local health department and all information we have received continues to stress that the current risk to New Jersey residents remains low. As you may have heard, the Commissioner of Education, with permission from the Governor, announced that schools will be able to utilize virtual instruction should they be asked to close by the NJ Department of Health.

At this time, we have no intention to close schools, but are working on a plan if this should be the case. This planning will be based upon guidance released from the NJ Department of Education and is designed to help schools meet the 180-day requirement in the event of a mandated closure. Currently, all schools remain open and activities will proceed as scheduled unless we are directed otherwise by the NJ Department of Health.

Please know that as with every flu season, we will continue to enhance our cleaning procedures and ask that you assist us by encouraging students to wash their hands often and thoroughly, cover their coughs and sneezes, and stay home when sick. The district will exercise flexibility with regard to the current attendance policy on a case-by-case basis should it become necessary.

We will continue to keep you updated as we receive new information from the NJ Department of Health and the NJ Department of Education. Additional information is posted on our website and as always, we appreciate your assistance and support.

Sincerely,

Denise Cleary
Interim Superintendent of Schools

The Linden Municipal Government is posting information about COVID-19 here

The Linden Public School District is posting information about COVID-19 here

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