MILLBURN, NJ — After Millburn Schools made the decision to go to an online learning schedule from March 16 – 27 following a half day on Friday, March 13, TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills reached out to Millburn Board of Education (BOE) President Alex Zaltsman to learn more about the plan.

The decision was made with general health in mind, as more cases of Coronavirus pop up throughout New Jersey. The final decision to close came after a district-wide closure on Thursday to both thoroughly clean the buildings in the district and allow teachers to prep their work for the next few weeks.

For Zaltsman, the final decision came down to the board judging all available information at their disposal and looking out for student and community safety.

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"We felt that, as a board and as a school district that it's better to be safe and to ensure that the kids are safe and the members of our community are safe, and to close the schools for a period of two weeks," Zaltsman said. Following the two-week period, in which the school will be closed physically for ten days, Zaltsman said the board would reassess to see if they needed to continue online classes.

"It was the right ting to do for our community," Zaltsman added.

As for the technology at the board's disposal, Zaltsman said the board and the district both feel the technology is reliable in the current circumstances.

"We invested in Google Classroom years ago, and now we'll have a chance to use it in a scenario where there is no school," Zaltsman said. "We know it works because it has been working for many years. Together with the teachers, who are utilizing the tools ... we're confident that we will succeed in having students be productive while school's out."

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