MONTVILLE, NJ – Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar emailed and auto-called parents and staff with an update to the coronavirus situation. The schools will be closed for one day next week to make necessary preparations according to her communication.

Her email stated:

“I just concluded a meeting with the administrative council to discuss our plans in the event of a prolonged health-related school closure. It was our determination that a professional development day is needed to enable our faculty and staff to make the necessary preparations. The students will not report on Monday, March 16th and there will be no MEDLC. 

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“Our primary objectives for the day are to make sure that the district is prepared in the event that we receive a directive from the state or local board of health requiring our schools to be closed for a prolonged period of time.

“I recognize that this represents an inconvenience for parents, particularly in that we are not able to provide MEDLC services.  Our teachers serve as MEDLC supervisors and staff members and we will need them engaged in the preparations throughout the day on Monday.

“Please continue to observe the recommended suggestions for limiting the spread of disease.  If you feel that you may have been exposed to the disease, please do not come to any of the school buildings.”

The school district Communications Officer, Susan Marinello, clarified “preparations” as “technical and logistical training in the event that classes need to be taught online.”

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