District Closing Announcement to Community: December 2, 2020
Good afternoon Hazlet. Yesterday, late afternoon, I received word of six new positive cases at four different schools over the course of 90 minutes which resulted in the community announcement sent out last night. This is significant data and must be considered. At this point, with MRS already teaching virtually and four additional schools (SDECLC, LDS, HMS & RHS) having met the Department of Health protocols for transitioning to virtual learning as well, the indication that the uptick in numbers will continue is significant. Additionally, as staff quarantines increase, we are struggling to cover all classes each day as well.
As such, the entire District will honor in-place DOH guidelines and begin remote instruction tomorrow, Thursday, December 3 through December 23 when we break for the winter holiday.
We understand that this decision will cause some disruption to established routines, but these numbers are real, relevant, recent and likely to continue. As such, as long as we choose to prioritize health & safety and monitor the pandemic landscape, we will meet this challenge and emerge on the other side stronger and in a better place.
Please contact your child’s principal with any questions you may have during this transition and please be aware that our nurses will remain available via email or phone to assist with any developing cases that may occur during this time. Thank you.
Superintendent of Schools
Hazlet Township Public Schools