SPARTA, NJ- The schools will be closed at least through May 1. District officials just announced the local implications the governor’s Executive Order 104, signed on March 16 in which he ordered all schools closed indefinitely.
The announcement made on Thursday afternoon by Superintendent Michael Rossi said the remote learning will continue. He said the days will count toward the 180-day state requirement. All activities and sports are canceled through May 1. In his video to the district he said the date was May 4.
Students said the work they have been doing from home to this point has been all review. They said the third marking period ends after spring break and they have been told they will be getting new lessons at that point.
The students interviewed said they do not know what the new lessons will look like. Up to this point they said it has mostly been “packets” and “stuff you download” and “worksheets.”
Students in AP classes have been following the curriculum as prescribed but the testing has been modified to be online. Students can take the tests on computer, table or smartphone. They also have the option to hand write the answers and submit a photo, according to the college board.
The board of education has scheduled two special meetings in April to be conducted remotely; April 13 and April 20. The April 13 meeting is to address changes to the previously approved preliminary budget. The April 20 meeting is to interview and select a new board member to fill the vacant seat. A link will be provided for the public to participate.