RANDOLPH, NJ- The following statement was issued by Randolph Township Schools in response to the Coronavirus concerns:
"Our district health services team is dedicated to strengthening and facilitating the educational process by protecting the health status of children and staff. As part of that mission, we work directly with the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) and school doctor to prevent the spread of any communicable illness. There have been recent changes in the status of public health that we believe are important for the community to be aware of. The Center for Disease Control is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, China. On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. However, as of right now, the spread of disease has been contained. According to the Center of Disease Control: “Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the United States. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been seen among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan, but at this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.” In total, 14 cases have been confirmed in the United States since today, February 26, 2020.
There has been some media speculation about virtual learning and the closure of schools. These claims are currently unsubstantiated based on the Center of Disease Control’s official recent updates and should not cause alarm or concern. If there is a need to close Randolph Township Schools, the New Jersey Department of Education has not provided any new information and currently does not permit virtual days to count as part of the required 180 days. We will remain in contact with the county office regarding our options should a need arise. We are thankful to our district and area health professionals who are monitoring this health concern. We will continue our work with the New Jersey Department of Health, our health services team, and our administrative team to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak. We will share additional information as it is shared with the school district, but we encourage all families who are interested in receiving more up to date information on the Coronavirus outbreak to visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ for more information. The Center for Disease Control has provided a fairly comprehensive blueprint for understanding the disease and the actions it is taking as an organization to ensure the safety of the public. Additionally, please see the resources provided for guidelines on preventing the spread of communicable diseases in school."