MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris School District's 2019-2020 calendar will remain unchanged, said officials from the Morris School District. 

Therefore, today, Monday April 6 marks the first day of "Spring Break". But there will be no trips to the beaches. No trips across the county to visit family. No trips to a museum, park or playground. No mid-morning athletic games. This isn't the typical "Spring Break" Morristown students are used to. 

"The decision to hold spring break as planned on the Morris School District calendar was arrived at with careful consideration of a number of different factors, foremost of which is the importance of honoring the needs of our teachers", said Jennifer van Frank of the Morris School District. 

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Several towns, include the Madison School District, did opt to change their calendar. Canceling the week of Spring Break resulted in those districts ending school a week earlier in June.

The Morris School District stands by the decision to not alter their calendar.

"Teachers must now reconceptualize several months' worth of instruction to fit a virtual context, and this takes significant time and attention.  Such planning is not something they can engage in meaningfully at the same time that they are carrying out daily lessons and responding to student and parent questions (and, in so many cases, overseeing the virtual instruction of their own children as well)", said van Frank.  "Our teachers deserve this time, and our students certainly deserve the outcome that will result".

Spring break will fun Monday April 6 through April 13.  Remote learning will resume on Tuesday March 14.


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