EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has made a smooth transition to Distance Learning in all three divisions from PreK through Grade 12. Phase I kicked off Monday, March 30 as students and teachers returned from an unusual two-week Spring Break. Students connected with teachers and advisors in virtual settings for two days before live, synchronous learning began in Phase II of the program. 

“Teachers, administrators, counselors, and many other staff members spent much of what would have been their Spring Break gearing up for the move to distance learning. I am proud of their dedication to doing the best they possibly can under incredibly difficult circumstances,” said Dr. Corinna Crafton of Edison, Middle School Head and Dean of Teaching and Learning.

The school’s three Division Heads – Dr. Bob Bowman (Upper School), Dr. Corinna Crafton (Middle School) and Mrs. Silvia Davis (Lower School) – collaborated to create the school’s Distance Learning Plan. Teachers, students and parents have embraced the new system. With a long-term school closure possible, Phase III will begin during the week after the Easter holiday weekend.

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“While there is no replacing direct human interaction, I believe all of us were truly encouraged by the joy, warmth and humor we shared in our video conferencing experiences.  These caring relationships are imperative for exceptional instruction, and both teachers and students now know that it will continue in this new learning platform,” said Dr. Bob Bowman of Scotch Plains, Upper School Head. "This is a huge first step upon which we will continue to build effective and successful curricula and instructional choices."

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.