MONTVILLE, NJ – Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar emailed parents and staff with an update on what will happen if the NJ Dept. of Health or the local health department requires that students stay home.

“Last Thursday evening, the New Jersey Department of Education released a memo to all school districts on the requirements for public health-related school closure,” she wrote. “School districts were asked to submit a plan in the event that they are forced to close due to COVID-19. The memo indicates that school districts ‘may utilize home instruction to provide instructional services to enrolled students in the event that a written directive is issued by the New Jersey Department of Health or the health officer of the jurisdiction requiring a health-related closure.

“The administrative team of the Montville Township Public Schools is finalizing a plan for submission to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools (ECS). District plans must be reviewed and approved by the ECS in advance in order to have any days of home instruction count towards the minimum 180-day requirement that is contained in New Jersey State law.

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“The district intends to utilize Schoology, our learning management system, as the primary vehicle for sharing instructional information, communication between students and staff, and submission of assignments and assessments. Once the district’s plan has been approved, additional information will be shared.

“The administration continues to participate in conference calls with county and state officials on the topic of COVID-19 to obtain guidance and updated information.

“In terms of our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the district has upped its sanitation procedures with the implementation of electrostatic sprayers to disinfect surfaces and touch points within the building.”

The superintendent supported health officials’ directives to wash hands and avoid touching the face.

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