SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 Superintendent Dr. Joan Mast sent a letter to parents in the district to express optimism over the adjustment to the newly structured at-home learning experiences.

"As we continue to work together to engage in teaching and learning in partnership in families, I love hearing the positive stories that we are all sharing. Despite our self-quarantine the community is alive with colors and sounds," Dr. Mast wrote.

She highlighted that students are creating pictures for their windows and displaying positive messages through driveway art and that sStudent musicians are filling the air with music at 2:30 every Tuesday and Thursday. Creative teachers have designed a giant virtual schoolhouse that holds 5,500 students.

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Dr. Mast also noted that bus drivers are delivering lunches to students who need them.

"This, and so much more, is what makes us #SPFProud," Dr, Mast wrote, as she reminded everyone that "we are living through unprecedented times."

In order to respect the privacy of students, families and staff, Dr. Mast said that she is unable to share individual stories of those affected.

"I can share that various members of our community have tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time," she wrote.

As she mentioned during her exclusive interview with TAPintoSPF last week, while teaching continues in this new landscape, we all miss the bustle of lively hallways and classrooms.

"While online learning cannot replace live classroom experiences, we are grateful for our capacity to continue education while supporting each other. We will continue to monitor our circumstances and are here to support our school community," she wrote.

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