WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Committee, Superintendents of Warren Township and Watchung Hills schools, and Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission President and Warren Township Health Officer Kevin Sumner discussed the local response to the coronavirus pandemic at the last meeting of the Warren Township Committee meeting on Thursday.
Earlier on Thursday, Watchung Hills Regional High School and the sending districts of Warren, Watchung, Green Brook and Long Hill announced a delayed opening for Friday, Mar. 13 followed by an extended closure through spring break, April 12.
Summer said they are actively working to prevent the spread and reduce risk of the rapidly evolving Coronavirus pandemic and said that the good news is the risk to the general population continues to be low. He urged residents to practice good hand washing, avoid large crowds, and to stay home if feeling unwell.
Also earlier in the day, the Watchung Hills Soccer Association delayed the start of the spring season, and the Warren Township Committee voted to suspend the start of all spring seasons and group activities until they reconvene on April 16.
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The Committee praised the schools’ response, planning, and communication, and the Superintendents’ praised the Committee for its support. All vowed to work together to the best of their abilities in this unprecedented time.
Jewett said, “In this particular circumstance , the entire community, the staff, the parents, the students, everyone has been so completely understanding and patient with it has enabled us to move forward with a plan.”
Warren Township committeewoman Jolanta Maziarz said, “ your coordination, communication are exemplary.”
Warren Township Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mingle said, we understand what a huge burden this puts on our parents, community and businesses, and everyone else, and whatever we can do to partner we’ll be at your meetings and we’ll get through it.”
Mayor Marion said,” your dedication of all of us working together is important, we appreciate it.”
Unrelated to COVID-19, Committeeman Victor Sordillo thanked WHRHS Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Jewett for the opportunity to participate in the WHRHS strategic planning community forum at the high school on Tuesday, “ to help make a great school even greater, if that’s possible.”