SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta school district announced the closure will continue through April 19. This means students will be out of school for a total of five weeks, with spring break set to run from April 10 through 19.
The letter said the district activities will also be canceled through these five weeks.
In the superintendent’s letter Michael Rossi said, “Remote learning plans will continue to be provided during this period of closure and all days of instruction via remote learning will count towards the mandated 180-day requirement.”
Rossi sent in a second letter detailing some of the things the district is doing on a daily basis.
The third trimester has just ended for the kindergarten through fifth grade students. The district has yet to determine the status of the marking period and final grades for the middle and high school students.
Sparta is scheduled to host SAT test in June but the March and May tests have been canceled.
According to the College Board, which administers SAT and AP tests, they are providing free remote resources for students and teachers. The College Board said 91% of the 18,000 AP students surveyed indicated they want to “complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they have been working toward.”
The College Board said they are developing a “45 minute, online free-response exam” to be taken at home.
The high school guidance counselors are now working on schedules for the upcoming school year, according to Rossi. The eight grade scheduling with be discussed later this week according to Rossi’s letter.
The district has established a COVID-19 Information website. In addition to district updates there is an opportunity ask question.
The turf field has been sanitized and is closed. The turf material can harbor the virus, so the community is asked to stay off the field.
Regarding high school graduation, Rossi’s letter only said students would be getting a link to self measure for their cap and gown. Currently the prom is still on for May 21.