NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Academic Booster Club canceled the 2020 History Fair that had been scheduled for March 21. The cancelation was made in an abundance of caution in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Tricia McKinnery, President of the Nutley Academic Booster Club, sent the following letter to History Fair families on March 9:
Dear History Fair families:
Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the upcoming History Fair. We did not reach this decision lightly, but based it on concerns expressed to us by parents, as well as cancellations by several participants and judges, and on our own assessment of the unfortunate timing of this long-planned event with rapid developments in the novel coronavirus outbreak. We believe, based on the nature of the event, that it would be too difficult to ensure that the students, judges, family members, and spectators would not be exposed to any contamination.
We recognize that your children have likely already worked hard on their presentations, and we are so sorry to disappoint them and you. We do hope that researching their history topics has already provided some academic enrichment, which is of course our main goal. If your children have completed their projects and want to exhibit them, we can look for a way to make that happen, but right now we just wanted to get the word out to you as soon as possible so that you can adjust your plans.
Thank you so much for your understanding.
Nutley Academic Booster Club
In the meantime, everyone in the community is encouraged to like the Academic Booster Club Facebook page.
TAPinto Nutley will continue to report all coronavirus news in our Health and Wellness section.