SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Parents of students in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 School District were notified through a letter from superintendent Dr. Joan Mast that beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all district will be closed until further notice, and extracurricular activities are canceled, as well.
Dr. Mast thanked parents for their patience as "we navigate the evolving circumstances of COVID-19."
There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in Scotch Plains or Fanwood, but in an abundance of concern for our students and staff, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools will be closed until further notice. All extracurricular activities are canceled as well.During this closing, administrators, principals, supervisors and teachers have put plans in place for at-home leading activities for our students.By the end of the day today, posted on our district website, www.spfk12.org under the "Our District and Community" tab, will be at-home learning materials for the next two weeks will be stored.
The resources will be organized by grade from Pre-K to Grade 4, and through Google Classroom for students in Grades 5-12. These learning resources are intended to reinforce, maintain, and extend learning that has already been taught in school, and to meet New Jersey Department of Education's home instruction requirement. Should it be necessary to keep schools closed beyond the next two weeks, additional at-home learning resources will be posted.Parent-teacher and student-teacher communication is important during this time of closure. Parents and students are encouraged to email any questions about assignments or progress to their teachers. Teachers will respond by the end of the school day. Administrators will be working on your behalf as well, and are available by email for consultation or advisement as needed.If your student is sick and is unable to work on their assignment, you should call your student's school to have their absence recorded.
We want to emphasize that we are in a state of public health emergency and want to reinforce following health guidelines developed by the CDC, which include discouraging children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.We recognize that these closures may bring challenges to our families and community but appreciate your cooperation as we all work together during this unprecedented time.We will continue to keep you updates as further information becomes available.
Additionally, effective Friday, March 13, all Spring Sports are suspended until further notice, according to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School athletic director Ryan Miller. Other activities, including the second weekend of the musical Chicago, have also been canceled.
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