ROXBURY, NJ — All Roxbury schools will return to remote learning during the week of April 12 to make sure students on Spring Break do not return to school with COVID-19, it was announced today.
The news came in a statement from Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic. She said she continues to hope Roxbury schools can return to normal school days by the end of April, but much will depend on what happens during the month.
The first hurdle will be staying healthy during the April 2-April 9 Spring Break, said the superintendent.
“We are all starting to feel the excitement that comes from warmer weather and perhaps, the happy anticipation of life returning to normal in the future, she said in her statement. “It may be tempting to engage in “normal” behavior over spring break, but we need to proceed with caution and common sense.”
Radulic said it is likely many Roxbury families will be traveling or going on day trips with friends during the break. She urged students and their family members to “please continue to use caution and common sense.”
The superintendent said her decision to make all instruction remote during the week after the break is being done so families “have time to quarantine” and evaluate their health.
“We understand how difficult it is to recognize if a sore throat and runny nose is due to a cold, allergies or COVID-19, but we ask that you be especially cautious,” Radulic said. “If family members are feeling ill, awaiting COVID-19 test results, have been a direct contact or have traveled, have your children stay home for a few days until it can be determined that the children can safely attend school without the possibility of spreading the virus.”
Radulic said she chose re-imposing full-remote learning because it - while inconvenient and difficult - is better than the options. “Without this pause and reflection, we are left to conduct contact tracing, make notifications and quarantine students as appropriate,” she said.
She pointed out that Lincoln-Roosevelt School had to “transition to remote learning for a week” recently due to COVID-19 cases, and she said Roxbury High School has seen an “upward trend” in cases.
The district returned to “Phase 2” status on March 8 meaning increased availability of in-classroom teaching while still allowing remote learning for those not interested in coming back. The district has been struggling for a year with COVID-19, at first closing schools completely, on March 16, 2020, as coronavirus cases began to increase in New Jersey.
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