SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Over the weekend, Dr. David Heisey posted a video accessible to parents and the students of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School to update them on the status of many things related to the school year.
Dr. Heisey announced that all school events that were scheduled to take place in April have been canceled, including a high school music trip to Philadelphia, the District Instrumental Music Festival, the SPF Jazz Festival, and the DECA International Conference in Nashville.
Several special events scheduled for May have also fallen victim to coronavirus pandemic, including the Food Truck Festival (May 3), which was to have raised money for Project Graduation, the Relay for Life (May 8), and the Junior Prom (May 15). Since the food truck festival and other fundraisers "have come to a screeching halt," Project Graduation, which provides activities for seniors on graduation night until the next morning, will not take place.
The principal spoke with student leaders on Friday before spring break began. Their most pressing question was, of course, 'When are we returning to school?'
"That's indefinite," Dr. Heisey answered. "The school closure will continue. I have no definite date; it's a fluid process. Hopefully, we will be returning to school as soon as possible."
Dr. Heisey said that although the Relay for Life has been canceled, Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC) fundraising will continue.
Spring sports have been on hold because of school closure.
"The longer that we are out, the longer schools are closed, the shorter the spring season will be," Dr. Heisey said. "My heart goes out to all those students who have prepared for their spring sports and other competitions. We are in a holding pattern."
Dr. Heisey is holding out hope that several special events for graduating seniors, such as the Senior Awards, Senior Picnic, Senior Prom, and, of course, Graduation will be able to take place.
"All of these events have a great deal of meaning for seniors," he said. "These events are important to them, their families, and the culture of our school."
For now, the third marking period has been extended until April 17, and the building has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
"What can we do? Follow the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control," Dr. Heisey said. "Then we will have normalcy that will take place sooner rather than later."
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