New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced today, May 4, 2020 that all schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year. “All Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year – to protect the health of our children, our educators, and their families," Governor Murphy said. “Guided by safety and science, this is the best course of action.”
Virtual instruction will continue through the 180th day of instruction on June 18, 2020. For more information on the continued implementation of instruction, you can find the district’s extended school closure plan here:
The district created a brief, optional survey about virtual learning for parents to complete. The survey will be available in Genesis through Friday, May 8, 2020. This feedback will be used to ensure the district’s extended school closure plan continues to support our students and families during this emergency closure. The district’s leadership team will also use these findings to help in the development of long-term planning in the event that the closure extends into the 2020 – 2021 academic year.
There are several options the district is considering for unused emergency days. Randolph Superintendent Jennifer Fano is preparing calendar recommendations for the Board of Education to consider at their next meeting on May 12, 2020.
All principals are currently working on plans for celebratory events. Communication regarding alternative plans will be shared on or before June 1, 2020.
The district will share additional information regarding the status of summer school and camps in the near future.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth, nose or any mucous membrane with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Use good respiratory hygiene - cough and sneeze into a tissue or elbow
- Properly dispose of used tissues
- Stay home when sick and call your healthcare provider
The district has always and will continue to follow state and federal health regulations in accordance with infection control best practices. While coronavirus is a concern that the district takes seriously, the district has been combating the disease through its efforts to minimize other infectious diseases such as influenza. These more common respiratory illnesses are currently a much higher risk to both students and staff.
In terms of prevention, practicing good hygiene is the only way to truly avoid illness. Proper handwashing is shared with students frequently and reminders are sent to students and staff as needed and in accordance with the health needs of each building. Important hygiene information is also posted throughout buildings in various places including restrooms.