PISCATAWAY, NJ — In the first of his Friday updates, Piscataway School District superintendent, Dr. Frank Ranelli reminded families about counseling and meal distribution services that are available for students as remote/virtual learning continues.
He also said that district officials will provide more information about the possibility of school remaining closed past the May 15 expiration of Executive Order No. 104 as soon as it is available from NJ Governor Phil Murphy.
Murphy, on Saturday said he would announce his decision at his Monday, May 4 briefing.
In a separate update on Friday, Dr. Ranelli informed Piscataway families that the district’s summer camp program is canceled due to the current COVID-19 situation.
“Masks, small number contact ratios, bus and lunch situations, health protocols [are] all major questions that will not be clear anytime soon,” said Ranelli in his announcement to families.
“At this time, Piscataway Schools and our Community Education Department will not be running our summer camp program. We are making this decision now because we do not think it is fair to you to wait until later in the month when the Governor updates his executive orders. We realize the hardship this may cause on our families, and we want to give you as much time to secure alternate childcare and summer plans.
“If this situation changes in any way we are prepared to assemble and run our summer camp programs for any part of the summer at a pro-rated rate. As always, we will monitor the situation and make our decisions based on the health and safety of our students, families, and staff.
“I know you have registered with some or all of the summer camp payment. All this money will be refunded within three weeks from today. Additionally, your child(ren) will hold their spot in our camp in the event we are able to hold a partial or “holiday” camp type program this summer. Please be patient as we process the refunds; we want to make sure we are accurate with this process.
“I understand the strain this may have on your family and this decision was not made lightly. We will continue to update you if there is any way we can safely hold any form of a quality camp. Please note: If necessary, all other academic summer programs will be planned virtually.
“I sincerely appreciate your understanding.”
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