MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris School District is altering this week's schedule to prepare and develop plans for students in the event of school closures due to the coronavirus, according to an email sent to parents and guardians on Monday afternoon.
The immediate objective, according to the update is to "ensure that virtual online learning will be accessible, practical and provide continuity of instruction for students at each grade level". The Morris School District's plan takes advantage of the existing digital and non-digital tools that are already familiar to our teachers, students and families, they said.
The district stated that they have been developing plans for virtual instruction and have submitted their final Education Emergency Plan or VEEP to the Morris County Superintendent.
"We are fully prepared to deliver remote online learning in alignment with DOE requirements", said district officials.
However, due to the continued planning for virtual instruction, the district has cancelled parent/teacher conferences for the middle school and high school on Tuesday March 10 and Wednesday March 11. Both days will now be a full day for students. Conferences will be rescheduled at a later date, said the update.
Friday March 13 will be an early dismissal day for all students so that teachers can continue preparing for virtual instruction.
"If the Department of Health directs us to close schools, moving to virtual instruction based on a county-approved virtual learning program is the ONLY way to have instructional time count toward the state’s 180-day requirement for public schools", said school officials.
What Families Can Do To Assist the Districts Efforts
- Do not send sick children to school, especially if they present with fever (above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37.7 C). Children should be fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Please check your child before school each morning for signs of respiratory illness, especially fever, persistent cough, or shortness of breath.
- Notify the school principal or school nurse immediately if your child or member of your immediate family/household has been to a Level 3 country (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) and has recently returned to our community. This includes any siblings who have been sent home from college study abroad programs in a Level 3 country.
- Follow CDC recommendations for proper hygiene to reduce viral transmission at home and at school. Please see details in the March 3 update on the MSD Coronavirus Update Center.
- Please read promptly and carefully every communication from the Morris School District or your child’s school regarding COVID-19.
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