MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange Maplewood School District could delay its Nov. 12 reopening. Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, Superintendent of Schools, has issued a video message along with an explanation to the school community. 

"Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that a detailed walkthrough of our buildings has yielded warranted concerns around ventilation work needed to safely welcome back the return of staff and students," he said. "We are in close contact with the vendor and starting this morning, our facilities department began re-auditing the work performed in all of our District school buildings."

Since the hybrid school reopening scheduled for November 12 is being reassessed, "Monday’s PreK-8 Academic Town Hall and Tuesday’s CHS Academic Town Hall virtual meetings are both postponed and new dates will be shared with families/students at a later date," he noted.

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Taylor thanked the parents and staff for their understanding and said he "will share the District’s decision to either move forward or postpone our reopening to families and staff early next week."



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