STAFFORD, NJ - On Saturday, March 14, Stafford Schools Superintendent, George Chidiac announced that the Stafford School District will be closing schools for a two-week period beginning immediately until March 30. 

This announcement comes just hours after the State of New Jersey announced on Friday afternoon that "the closure of all schools in order to mitigate exposure during the COVID-19 situation was inevitable." 

Social distancing and closures help with containing the virus, as well as limiting the spreading of the Coronavirus. 

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In his address, Governor Murphy said "the state was not yet ready to require that all district schools be closed because there are districts and towns where remote learning plans and related supports are still in development."

Chidiac stated, "Because of the hard work of our dedicated staff, the Stafford Township School District is ready to begin the inevitable closure of our schools now."

After conferring with the Ocean County Department of Health and the Ocean County Superintendent of Schools office, Chidiac announced that all Stafford Township school buildings will be closed to all students beginning Monday, March 16 for a two-week time period with a return date of Monday, March 30, 2020.

If anything changes, Chidiac will send out a correspondence accordingly.

Stafford Schools will begin with their remote learning plans on Monday, March 16, 2020.


 
According to his letter, all students have received a packet of learning materials to complete at home.

If your child was absent or did not receive a packet, the packets will be available for pick up on Monday, March 16, 2020 only between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the McKinley Avenue Elementary school cafeteria side entrance.

This will serve as a central pick-up location for all grade levels.

The letter also states: Thereafter, please reach out to the building principal via e-mail if you are unable to pick-up the materials at this time.

Teachers will also facilitate remote learning during this closure. Parents and students should visit the student’s teacher’s website daily to access learning resources.
Teacher websites can be found within our school district’s website at www.staffordschools.org. Teachers will post assignments and be available via e-mail, Google Classroom, or other educational platforms to answer questions and support students with their work. Teachers will include their preferred method of communication on their website. Students will be expected to work each day and complete their assignments.

In regards to free and reduced meal services, meals will be available for pickup at the McKinley Avenue Elementary School cafeteria side entrance between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for students who qualify.
 
Transitioning to remote learning will be an adjustment for all. As we’ve indicated previously, aside from wanting to keep our students and staff healthy, our goal is to ensure that students are engaged and learning, while we remain
attentive to their emotional needs during this unsettling and unprecedented time.
 
Chidiac said, "As always, we will continue to provide updates and share information regarding additional actions and announcements. Please know that I am in constant communication with the New Jersey Department of Education, the Ocean County Health Department, township officials, and other Ocean County Superintendents. We are all working together to try to make this transition as smooth as possible. Thank you for your support as we work through the challenges presented by COVID-19."