HOLMDEL, NJ - Due to the number of COVID-19 cases, Holmdel is moving to all virtual starting Wednesday. Teachers will still report to work and teach virtually from their classrooms. Holmdel is also planning to extend to regular full day in a virtual setting. The letter from the Superintendent went out this afternoon to parents:
HOLMDEL TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Office of the Superintendent
November 16, 2020
As of today we have 87 students and 37 staff members from all four schools in quarantine. The impact on our staff has made it difficult to properly staff our classrooms. Due to this significant increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the District, and after consultation with the Monmouth County Department of Health, we will shift to full virtual instruction for all students effective Wednesday, November 18, 2020. As of today, virtual instruction will continue until at least Thursday, December 3, 2020. We will continue to review this decision after Thanksgiving to determine when our students can return for in-person instruction.
Between now and when we return to in-person instruction, it is imperative that our students understand how their behavior, i.e. not wearing a mask and/or attending indoor gatherings, contributes to the spread of the COVID virus and may impact our ability to open our schools. We appreciate anything you can do to encourage your child and their friends to strictly follow the CDC guidelines. Together we can control the spread of this virus and get your children back to school.
Starting virtual instruction on Wednesday will allow you to make any necessary arrangements due to the switch to full virtual. If you do not feel comfortable sending your student to school tomorrow, please advise the school that your student will attend virtually starting tomorrow.
The daily schedule and classroom model is located here. Teachers will continue to report to school and provide virtual learning from their classroom settings. While the initial full virtual program is a half-day, we are working to extend the school day to a full-day for our students. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher and/or principal immediately. During this time, all extracurricular activities are suspended.
We recognize this is not what we were expecting to do. Unfortunately, the spread of the COVID-19 virus outside of our schools at indoor gatherings has impacted our students and our ability to safely operate our schools. If you plan to gather over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, please follow the recommendations of public health officials. If you are planning to travel over Thanksgiving, please review the most recent travel advisory here and, if appropriate upon your return, please refer to the quarantine protocol found here. While our students may not be in school at this time, it is imperative that everyone continue to practice the recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines which includes wearing a mask and maintaining 6’ social distancing. Please notify your child’s school if he or she tests positive.
Dr. Lee Seitz, Interim Superintendent of Schools