WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills will be joining other local districts and will be transitioning to 100% remote instruction effective Nov. 30 through Dec. 9.

Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Jewett wrote:

I am writing to inform you of our decision to transition to 100% remote instruction for all students and staff, effective Monday, November 30th-Wednesday, December 9th.  Our plan is to return to our hybrid instructional model on Thursday, December 10th.

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This decision was made after careful consultation with our local health official and the NJDOH guidelines.  As you are aware, our region is now considered to be an area of “high” COVID activity.  This requires us to follow a different set of guidelines regarding symptomatic individuals and contact tracing, including considering all symptomatic individuals as presumed positive without waiting for a COVID test result.  Additionally, if we cannot determine a clear potential source of exposure for two or more of these positive or presumed positive cases, then we are to consult with our health official regarding a building closure for 14 days and a transition to 100% remote instruction to help contain the spread of the disease.  The increase in reports to us of symptomatic individuals in the past 24 hours, several of whom are unable to identify a source of exposure, have led us to the decision to temporarily transition to 100% remote instruction in order to assist in proactively containing the spread within our entire community.

During the duration of remote instruction, contact tracing will continue, and we are asking that any symptomatic students continue to contact the district during this time.  Please contact our Health Office at 908-647-4800 ext. 4878 or at avaleria@whrhs.org.

I appreciate your continued cooperation, understanding, and flexibility. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your families.