MILLBURN, NJ — With Coronavirus cases now popping up in New Jersey, a number of events and routines have been postponed or canceled. As preparations to ward off the virus ramp up in town, both the township and school district have released statements about the plans for the next few weeks.
In an open letter from the township, Millburn Mayor Jackie Lieberberg and the rest of the Millburn Township Committee announced the following steps would be undertaken to keep residents safe during the following weeks:
- All Township public meetings, inclusive of Planning board, Zoning board and Historic Preservation are postponed until April 13. An exception will be made for the Township Committee meetings, however, residents are encouraged by the township to participate by viewing the meetings on the Township’s YouTube channel.
- Additionally, Lieberberg said the township will be mindful of not placing important agenda items that may merit resident input during this time period.
- All senior programs are canceled until April 13.
- All recreation programs are postponed until March 30, a re-evaluation of whether an extension is warranted will be made prior to this date and will likely coincide with school closure decisions.
- All types of inspections will continue to be scheduled. Additionally, all residential inspections will require confirmation that everyone in the home is in good health.
In her open letter, Lieberberg encouraged residents to utilize the Township’s website at www.twp.millburn.nj.us as both a resource for updated information on COVID-19, but also a way to interact with government offices from a distance.
- Requests for Township services can be entered through the SDL website.
- Tax and sewer payments can be done via ACH on the Township’s website.
- Recreation programs, pool registration and other activities can all be done online.
"While we make these tough decisions and see our daily routines disrupted, I implore our residents to take advantage of the time with your family," Lieberberg said in the letter. "Do not encourage large gatherings or other activities that compromise the tantamount principles of social distancing. The way to combat the spread of Coronavirus is to take a united and committed approach to slowing its progression. This is achieved by adhering to social distancing practices and following all the recommended guidelines as posted on the Township’s website.
"Please continue to check in on the vulnerable people in your own life and on your street. Look out for one another. I am proud to be a part of this community and know that we will uphold the very definition of community by continuing to do what is in the best interest of everyone in Millburn Township. On behalf of myself and the entire Township Committee we are committed to the health, safety and welfare of each and every one of our residents. Thank you and stay safe."
In an email to parents and guardians in the district, Superintendent Christine Burton laid out the district's timetable for responding to the threat of Coronavirus. Students will have a half-day tomorrow, and then will have online learning for the next two weeks.
"We will be closing for 10 school days, March 16 – 27, as recommended by the CDC for the period of quarantine. These measures are being taken as per the NJ Department of Health as a strategy to limit transmission of COVID-19 within our community," Burton said.
While no cases have yet been recorded in Essex County, the move comes as a precautionary measure.
The school district will have an early dismissal for all schools on Friday, March 13, 2020. The dismissal for MS and HS students will be the regular ½ day schedule with dismissal at 12:15 p.m. and all K-4 students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m. and Washington School at 12:45 p.m.
All after-school activities and events including outside groups are canceled. In addition, Superintendent Burton is requiring students to bring home all books, materials and personal belongings tomorrow in preparation for the school closure.
"We will provide access to our buildings until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow evening to allow for families to retrieve items as needed," she said.