UNION, NJ –  Last week Governor Phil Murphy said New Jersey school closures would remain in effect until at least April 17.  On Sunday evening President Trump said social distancing guidelines will remain until at least April 30. 

In a message to parents Sunday night, Union schools Superintendent Gregory Tatum, through his assistant, said the decision to reopen schools rests solely on government officials, and the school district does not have a say in when schools will reopen.

Tatum also provided clarification on the survey sent on Friday asking parents’ opinion about shortening spring break and concluding the school year on June 12, instead of the original date of June 24.  Tatum said the county superintendent requested “surrounding districts” conduct a survey if there is consideration being given to work through spring break and close schools early. “The Board of Education does not take this decision lightly,” Tatum said in his message.  He said they will assess not only the results of the survey but any concerns that have been shared.  He said once a decision has been made, parents will be notified.

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Tatum also took the opportunity to remind students and parents to do their part to help stop the spread of the virus and stay home.  He said all school fields are closed and “no one should be gathering on school grounds during this time”. 

Lastly, said Tatum, “student wellness, during remote instruction, remains a priority and supports are available much as they are during standard instruction”.  He said district counselors are available via email to support students throughout remote instruction.

The entire message is below:

This is Julia Vicidomini calling on behalf of Superintendent Tatum. Governor Murphy issued an executive order that has closed all schools, throughout the entire state of New Jersey, until further notice. On Thursday, March 26th he further stated the closure will remain in effect until at least April 17th. Additionally, President Trump announced this evening the extension of federal social distancing guidelines until April 30th. At this point, the decision to reopen schools relies solely on government officials’ orders. The school district does not have a say in when schools will reopen.

Furthermore, I would like to provide clarification on the survey sent out on Friday. The county superintendent, of the department of education, requested surrounding districts conduct a survey if there is consideration being giving to work through spring break and close schools early. The Board of Education does not take this decision lightly. We will assess not only the results of the survey but the concerns that have been shared as a result. Once a decision has been made, you will be notified.

We know everyone is anxious to get back to business as usual, so I remind you again to help stop the spread of this virus and stay home. Until further notice all school fields are closed. No one should be gathering on school grounds during this time.

I have viewed social media and I see all the great ways our community is showcasing how remote learning hasn’t stopped school spirit. I can see how everyone is coming together for our students. If you don’t already, I invite you to follow our social media pages, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, to see some of the great things going on for yourself.

Lastly, student wellness, during remote instruction, remains a priority and supports are available much as they are during standard instruction.  District counselors are available via email to support students throughout remote instruction.

Links to everything will be provided in the email version of this message.

Stay healthy and well.