MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair School leaders across the district sent books home with students and asked them to clean out lockers on Thursday.

Although school will be closed on Friday, March 13, due to preparation for remote learning for staff, Montclair students in several schools across the district, were asked to take their books and belongings home, just in case school closes abruptly.

The plan is for school to reopen on Monday, unless otherwise noted.

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Also on Thursday, Montclair health officials announced the first positive case of COVID-19/Coronavirus in Montclair.

In a letter to parents, Principal Samantha Lennon Anglin at Hillside Elementary School, wrote, "In anticipation of a 'sudden school closing,' we are sending home today, all workbooks, notebooks and supplies your child may need for what could be and extended absence from school. In the event that school remains open, please keep these materials at home. The teachers are prepared to continue instruction without them."

In response to COVID-19-related concerns, all events at the school, field trips and gatherings have been canceled for the month of March, school officials also announced this week.

See below for the latest communication from district officials:

Dear Families/Caregivers and Staff,

                                                RE:  COVID-19 Notification No. 5

As we continue planning for the impact of potential COVID-19 related issues, we share the following information:

  1. Please understand that we may decide to close schools on very short notice. The schools are preparing for this, and we ask that you prepare for child care and any other concerns that may impact your family personally. Should this become a reality, we will provide you with details in a separate communication.
  2. The district is cancelling events in the schools that would have the potential of a significant parent/caregiver/friend attendance for the month of March. This will include family/outside attendance at school productions in the coming weeks. These events will continue for students and our technology department is preparing for live streaming and recording for families who would like to watch the productions virtually. If you are unsure about a specific event, please call the associated school.
  3. Bus companies have been informed about the proper disinfecting of all buses and are following all of the CDC guidelines after their runs.
  4. Reminder: Friday, March 13, schools are closed for students while teachers and paraprofessionals attend professional development to prepare for online learning should that become necessary.
  5. Please take the time to review all updates and important information from the CDC on our website.


We appreciate your understanding in these matters.


Dr. Nathan N. Parker

Interim Superintendent


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