3/13/2020

Special Message from Superintendent Scott P. McCartney, Ed. D.:

Dear Moorestown School Family,

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.  After a conference call with the Burlington County Department of Health, they have indicated that the cases have doubled in the last twenty-four (24) hours and that another presumptive positive case has been determined in Burlington County.  Based on this information and with the recommendation of the Department of Health, the Moorestown Township Public Schools, along with all Burlington County Public Schools, will close for students beginning this Monday, March 16 through April 17.  Tentatively, schools will reopen Monday, April 20, 2020.

The district will conclude its planning for instructional delivery, nutritional services and supplemental services on Monday, March 16.  Monday will be not be counted as an instructional day, but rather like an inclement weather day, meaning that May 26 will return as a school day.  Instructions on accessing materials and more detailed information will be accessible to you and your student by the close of the workday on Monday for instruction to begin on Tuesday.  Our building office staff and administration will be in the office Monday from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM should you have building or department specific questions or need to get personal items, medication, technology devices or materials from the school.

We recognize that there will be many different opinions about this decision, but to help us navigate this complicated process, please send only your specific questions to a dedicated e-mail box – COVIDquestions@mtps.com.

Here are some specific directives in the short term:

  • All student and school activities, clubs, and athletic programs will be cancelled during the dates listed above.
  • All outside use of facilities will be cancelled during the dates listed above.
  • Teachers will be able to receive e-mail and phone messages during the closure and will be communicating with you regarding daily instruction regularly.  As previously stated, more specific information on instruction will come from our staff via electronic communications on Monday and beyond.
  • Nutritional Services will be offered to our students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch.  Families may access a Nutri-Serve Form via our district and school website.  The form must be submitted by 10 PM on Sunday night in order that Nutri-Serve can prepare the bag lunches for the week and have them ready at your home school.  Lunches will be available at the front of each school from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.  If you have more than one child, lunches for all will be sent to the lower elementary school where your youngest child attends.
  • Special Education and 504 Supplemental Services will be managed by our Special Education Department and communicated to individual families.
  • If your home does not have Internet Accessibility, please contact your school on Monday so we may ensure your student has equitable access to instructional materials.

Please continue to check our District Webpage at www.mtps.com and look/listen for phone, text, social media and e-mail broadcasts from the district.  This is a very unique time for our schools, and truly all of us, so we appreciate your cooperation and patience as we navigate these significant changes.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Scott P. McCartney, Ed. D.

Superintendent

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