Dear Parent or Guardian,
This afternoon Governor Murphy addressed the State with an update on the novel coronavirus COVID-19. During his presentation he announced that New Jersey now has 50 presumptive positive cases. I am just now getting off of a conference call with the Burlington County Department of Health and they have indicated that the cases have doubled in the last twenty-four hours and that another presumptive positive case has been determined in Burlington County. Under the clear directive of the Burlington County Department of Health we will begin remote learning this Monday, March 16. Beginning this Monday, students will no longer report to their school buildings and this will remain in effect until Monday, April 20, 2020 when we return from our spring break. Home instruction will be provided via remote learning. Teachers have shared with their students how to continue instruction and communicate with them during this extended closure.
During this time, our buildings will remain open only for faculty and staff. At this time, our plan is to have our faculty in school on Monday to facilitate instruction and finalize planning. Our office staff will be in school as well and available by email or telephone if you have any questions or need assistance with the instruction.
Families that receive free and reduced lunches will be contacted directly and arrangements will be finalized.
As a reminder, all district after-school activities and events are cancelled during this time. We are also suspending and postponing all athletics. We will continue to work with NJSIAA to develop a plan when we return.
The safety of your child and our faculty and staff is of utmost importance. Please continue to check the district homepage at www.nburlington.com for important updates as well. I will continue to send updates as new information becomes available. As of right now, schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 20, 2020 when we return from our spring break. As more specific information is finalized, we will make it available. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
James Sarruda, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools