MILLBURN, NJ — With Covid-19, more commonly known as Coronavirus, popping up for the first time in New Jersey this month, the Millburn School District has taken steps to prepare the district for any possible cases.

One major measure that is being undertaken this week is the closing of the school district to students this Thursday, March 12. In a letter to parents and guardians in the district, Dr. Christine Burton, Millburn's Superintendent said the measure was being undertaken to prepare the district for distance learning in the event of a school closure from Coronavirus.

In lieu of schooling, Thursday will be a professional development day for teachers and staff in the district. Additionally, the schools in the district will all be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before students return. As part of the email, Burton noted several key aspects of the day on Thursday:

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  • There will be no before or after school care during the day
  • Afterschool activities will be canceled with the exception of athletic events at Millburn High School.
  • Transportation will be provided for those who go to school outside of the district.
  • Next week, Wednesday, March 18 will remain as a scheduled early dismissal for all students, for staff Professional Development.

Burton spoke with TAPinto after last night's meeting, and said the measures were being taken for the overall safety and preparedness of the district.

"The district, like many of our counterparts around the state, around the country are taking very proactive measures," Burton said. "The CDC is taking about this as being something unique from any other viruses, and so we need to take the right precautionary measures to prepare for the eventual closing of our schools, should that deem necessary, as well as how can we clean to make sure we have safe schools for our kids."

Burton also stressed that while the measures are being taken, there is very little need to panic, as there is only one member of the Millburn/Short Hills community under passive monitoring, and the end of their monitoring period is near.

As for online learning, Burton said she would be doing everything in her power to make sure students did not miss their education.