WARREN, NJ — Warren Middle School students were given the option to return to school five days a week beginning Monday, and approximately 86 percent of middle schoolers attended in person, Warren Township Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mingle advised at this week's meeting of the Warren Township Board of Education. In total approximately 90 percent of the district’s students(K-8) are now attending school in person five days each week. And some anticipated end of year celebrations are being planned.

Warren Middle School is now operating on a “ one class, two classroom “ model (see more here Warren Township Board of Education Approves 5-Day Return of Middle School Students ) in order to maintain six foot distancing following the region’s guidelines. Warren is currently in orange, or "high risk” for COVID-19 transmission. 

If however the risk level moves below orange to the yellow “moderate risk” or green “low risk” categories, the middle school can lessen distancing to three feet and combine the two classrooms into one.

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The board approved this approach by amending the language in the return-to-school plan to, ”give us the flexibility to be able to react quickly in real time should conditions change," Mingle said.

Mingle thanked the students, parents and staff for all the work that’s being done to keep the schools open, despite an increase in cases during the month of March. And he said eighth grade graduation, the kindergarten and fifth grade moving up ceremonies, and field days are being planned. A “huge amount of work is going on behind the scenes to make all that happen, and we're very proud of that,” Mingle said.

Parents who spoke during public commentary remarked on how well the Middle School drop off process worked despite the increase in cars. Some parents waived their rights to busing in order to maintain distancing on the buses which increased the amount of cars dropping off and picking up. Look for a traffic officer at the entrance on Old Stirling Road and consider avoiding the area at school drop off and pick up times.

To view the meeting in its entirety see here 


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