MILLBURN, NJ — In a pair of updates, Millburn Township and the Millburn School District gave residents a report on important information surrounding COVID-19 in Millburn.
As of Friday's message, there are 28 positive cases in the Township, out of 789 cases total. Two resident patients are hospitalized. Testing at the Essex County site, located in Weequahic Park went off without a hitch, according to county officials. However, slots at the testing site are now booked through April 3.
Now is also a time when scammers have begun to strike at unsuspecting residents. The Millburn Police Department has shared important information regarding scams and fraudulent activity about COVID-19 at the following link: https://twp.millburn.nj.us/483/Fraud-and-Scams-Related-to-COVID-19
On the charity front, residents can help local businesses hurt by closings, by ordering from them. The names and pick up hours are listed on the Township’s Website under the township's coronavirus information hub: https://twp.millburn.nj.us/481/How-Residents-Can-Support-Local-During-C
Additionally, the Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of commerce is partnering with local restaurants to supply meals to 350 St. Barnabas personnel working with COVID-19 patients. To donate to the effort, residents can visit the events page of the Chamber’s website. https://millburnshorthillschamber.org/events/covid-19-donations/
On the school front, Millburn Public Schools has announced their plan to transition from distance learning, which has been going on the past two weeks, towards virtual learning, with more of a long-term time frame.
The following outlines, direct from the school district, showcase what each grade level will be doing during virtual learning.
Elementary - PK-5: The next phase of Virtual Learning for the elementary schools has already begun. Teachers have made a personal connection by video, video chats, or personal calls. Virtual lessons begin next week, using Google Classroom in grades K-5 and Seesaw in PreK. Parents will get each day an outline of the student's daily learning plan for all subject areas.
Middle School: Teachers will continue to use Google Classroom to deliver information and assignments. Teachers will hold virtual “office hours” or have another personalized connection with their classes. Teachers are also using a variety of formats to engage students such as YouTube, Flipgrid, Screencastify, Google chats and more.
High School: Teachers will continue the use of Google Classroom to deliver information and assignments. They will be implementing additional virtual tool(s) for communication/teaching with the goal of one personalized connection per class per week. Teachers are also using a variety of formats to engage students such as YouTube, Flipgrid, Screencastify, Google chats and more.
I commend all of our teachers for rising to this challenge. The amount of hours of planning, preparation and training they have undertaken in these two short weeks is a reflection of their fortitude and dedication to their profession. We are all learning how to work from home while facing the same struggles. Our teachers are homeschooling their children while teaching yours; caring for vulnerable relatives; sharing concerns about family members who are on the frontlines in medicine or first response. During this time, our top priority has to be taking care of ourselves and each other. We are in this together, #TeamMillburnNJ.