WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Superintendent of schools Dr. Mark Toback reached out to parents with an update on the second phase of the COVID-19 school shutdown, which has now been extended to May 1.

“While better days are on the horizon, we have to continue to work together to make the most of this virtual school experience,” said Toback.

His message was brief, with the Superintendent touching on four subjects.

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High School Seniors and Eighth Graders are especially worried during this unprecedented time.  Prom, Graduations and other moving-up ceremonies are special to these students, and many have been looking forward to these events for years.

“If we are able to return, we will have a very busy June where we will go ahead with everything we can without placing anyone at risk,” the Superintendent said. “If schools are closed for the remainder of the year, then we will look to organize some events during the summer if possible.” 

He also mentioned that virtual events could replace the actual events that may not be able to be held without risk.

Toback made a point to add: “Every effort will be made to hold our special events.”

Changes in virtual instruction based on feedback from the district’s Thoughtexchange survey will be on a teacher-by-teacher basis according to Toback.

“As with any classroom in the district, traditional or virtual, teachers are free to choose resources and instructional tools in consideration of learning needs,” he said.  

Wayne’s teachers will be communicating with students and their parents on any changes that may take place.

Toback then mentioned spring athletics.

“At this point, the NJSIAA has decided NOT to cancel the spring season,” he announced.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, which oversees high school sports in New Jersey is hopeful that there can be, at least a partial spring season. According to their official announcement, this is dependent on public health guidelines and return-to-school dates.

“They also determined the spring season will not include state championships and it will not include events beyond June 30th,” said Toback of the NJSIAA decisions.

Lastly, the Superintendent mentioned help for students from the YMCA

“Although the doors of the Wayne YMCA are physically closed, the Y employees are working to find new ways to support the community, including the Wayne Public Schools,” he said. “Launched last week, a new Virtual Distance Learning Support program was designed to alleviate the stress on families who are now working from home and providing educational instruction to their children during the day.”

Read more about the YMCA’s program here: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/wayne/articles/ymca-launches-program-to-support-virtual-school-instruction-4

Toback added that Families can use LearnWithUs2020 coupon code for $10 off their first session.

“We are listening and making adjustments and will continue to do so,” said Toback.