NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Public School District has announced that they will be extending the closure of schools until May 1, according to an announcement by Superintendent Dr. Ken Greene on Thursday.
“As we conclude our fourth week of home instruction, I would like to thank our students, parents, staff members, and community for your continuous efforts to support the needs of all learners during this period of closure. These are unprecedented times, and we are all doing our best to support our students and their families, while coping with the stress and anxiety related to this situation,” Greene said. “Everyone has a role to play in fighting this pandemic and many of us can do our part just by staying home. Our deepest thanks go to our parents and other residents who are still reporting to your places of work. Many of you are on the front lines working as essential employees in health care, law enforcement, emergency management, food service, and other critical areas. We want to thank you for your dedication and commitment to supporting everyone’s health and safety. You are our true heroes.”
The press release references Executive Order 104, signed by Governor Murphy on March 16, which ordered all schools closed indefinitely.
“We will remain closed until such time as the Governor allows us to reopen. In an effort to provide clear and concise guidance to the members of the Newton community, please be advised that at this time the Newton Public Schools will be extending our closure through May 1, 2020. Please note the following.”
- School buildings are closed to the public except during meal delivery from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 21; Friday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 29. Firehouse #1 on Mill Street will also be open for meals.
- All school related activities are canceled through May 1.
- All playgrounds, athletic fields, and courts that encourage group activities remain closed through May 1.
“We will continue to reassess the situation based upon information and directives from Governor Murphy and the State Departments of Education and Health. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available. Thank you for your continued support, as we continue to implement remote learning plans for all students.”
Green invited any community member who has questions or concerns to reach out to him directly by phone or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.