PISCATAWAY, NJ - All field trips and traveling competitions are canceled/postponed for the remainder of March for Piscataway Schools in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

In a Thursday morning letter addressed to PWAY families, Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli stated:

“I wanted to reach out to you with a few important items. First, we are working hard to conduct our school days and events as normally as possible while keeping everyone’s safety at the forefront of all our decisions. Our team will evaluate all events, but we are going to continue to celebrate our kids with our district planned events for the foreseeable future. As you know, we may alter these plans at any time as necessary. 

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“While we want to continue our school days as normally as possible, we cannot ignore any risks. The district will cancel/postpone all field trips and traveling competitions for the remainder of March. As we approach the end of the month, we will assess any cancellations for April. We will work as best as we can with any companies to recoup and refund any personal money you may have spent. 

“Secondly, as a parent myself I understand the desire to be involved with your child’s education, but we ask all parents and attendees, if you are not feeling well or are exhibiting any signs of illness, please do not attend any school events or visit the schools for any reason. If necessary, we can support all your needs via phone, email, or Schoology. 

“Undoubtedly, you have noticed other districts closing or having shortened days to plan for any possible extended absence or conduct deeper cleaning. Thankfully, our district is prepared for any virtual instruction and we have custodial crews working every day and night conducting a high level of cleaning and sanitizing. 

“Thank you for your attention and patience as we work through these unchartered waters together.”

The nearest known coronavirus case to Piscataway is a 74-year-old an Edison man.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, the number of “presumptive positive” cases of COVID-19 across New Jersey had risen to 29, including one death, according to the state Health Department.


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