MONTVILLE, NJ – Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar announced April 16 that Governor Phil Murphy has shuttered schools for an additional month. The governor’s new soonest opening date is May 15, it was announced. However, distance learning programs will remain in place, Rovtar said, so that students will continue to be able to take part in lessons from their homes.

“Thank you to all of our teachers and administrators for their outstanding efforts to continue instruction for our students,” Rovtar wrote in an email to staff and parents. “We also tremendously appreciate all of the efforts of parents to facilitate the learning that is taking place in your homes.”

Regarding end-of-year celebrations, Rovtar said that she shares parents’ concerns about these traditions, and some will have to be outright cancelled, but special consideration will be given to the seniors at the high school.

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“The administration is engaged in planning virtual senior awards and graduation ceremonies that would include as many of the traditional components of these events as possible,” the email stated.  “Details of these events will be shared when they are finalized.”

“Thanks so much for your continued support of our distance learning initiative and your patience.  Each day brings us a bit closer to ultimately being together again,” she concluded.

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