MONTVILLE, NJ – Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar has shut down Montville Twp. Public Schools for two weeks, putting into place “distance learning,” she announced shortly after 1 p.m. on March 13. The schools will start the teleschooling after a one day shut-down during which teachers will meet and put a system in place to support in-home remote instruction. In addition, the Tuesday evening board of education meeting has been cancelled as well as district extra-curricular activities including the middle school play. The two-week closure sandwiches a week until spring break, during which Rovtar said in a blast phone call and email to parents that reopening will be revisited.

In an email to parents and staff, she wrote, “I am always concerned about the safety and health of our students and staff members. The threat posed by the COVID-19 virus presents substantial concerns for all of us and our families. In order to promote social distancing, a decision has been made to close the Montville Township Schools from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27. I will continue to monitor the situation during this time period and will assess the feasibility of re-opening on Monday, March 30. A decision regarding re-opening would be communicated to you by March 27.

“I had previously communicated to you that students would not attend school on Monday, March 16. Our staff will be in school on Monday, March 16 to enable us to finalize our logistics and planning for the remote instruction that will commence on Tuesday, March 17. 

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“Effective tomorrow [March 14], all extracurricular and athletic activities are cancelled through March 27. As a fan of the arts, I am particularly saddened to cancel the performances of the Lazar Middle School musical scheduled for next week. We will work on trying to find a way to reschedule this production. I know how hard the students and staff have worked in rehearsals. The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has been cancelled.

“I understand that this decision presents some difficult and inconvenient circumstances for many of us and it was not made lightly. I appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we move through these unprecedented circumstances. I will continue to be in regular contact with our local health officials and with the New Jersey Department of Education for guidance.”

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