Update: Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update
Posted on 05/06/2020
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State of New Jersey Coronavirus Update (May 4): Governor Murphy Announces That Schools Will Remained Closed Through the End of the Academic Year - Click here for details.


Coronavirus Update (May 6, 2020):

 

Dear WW-P Community,

On Monday, Governor Murphy announced that effective May 4, 2020, all New Jersey school buildings would remain closed for the rest of the academic school year. He stated, “This is a difficult decision and I know that many students, parents, and staff would like to be able to return to school. However, I have been unwavering on the message that we need to make decisions based on science, not emotion. And while New Jersey is making great strides in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, science tells us that at this point, we can’t safely re-open our schools.” This announcement has had immediate ripple impacts as the NJ State Interscholastic Athletic Association followed with an announcement of the cancellation for all spring sports. Graduation, awards banquets, end-of-year ceremonies, yearbook distribution, and other ceremonial end-of-year programs have all been brought into question.

To our students, but especially to our Seniors, I know that this news has left you distraught. As the father of five school-age children (grades K, 2, 8, 10, and 12), I understand all too well the hurt that comes when we lose out on the experience of participating in events, traditions, and ceremonies. The district will continue to work on plans for a virtual graduation ceremony and will share details as they become finalized. We have an opportunity to create new and memorable experiences. It is our goal to find ways to celebrate you during this time of social distancing. 

While it is upsetting that we will not be able to meet again this year in person; there is no greater priority than the health and safety of our school community. Despite this announcement, WW-P will continue on our path of virtual instruction with purpose and determination. We will continue in providing the supports that our WW-P families have come to rely on during the last six weeks:

  • Virtual/remote instruction 
  • Food distribution for those who receive benefits
  • Technical assistance and device repair
  • Student guidance and mental health supports

The closing of school buildings does leave many unanswered questions. The district is working through plans involving everything from returning belongings that were left in classrooms/lockers in March to collecting district materials (Chromebooks, instruments, sports uniforms, library books, etc.). Please know that district administrators are working to design a plan and details will be forthcoming. We ask for your patience as we work on plans to accomplish collection and distribution of materials while keeping our staff and WW-P families safe in the process. 

There are also several summer programs that have been called into question. Governor Murphy did not issue specific guidance on Special Education Extended School Year Programs or summer camps. Due to the extended public health school related closure, it is difficult to believe that it is unsafe to be in school between now and June 30, but that it will be safe to return on July 5. The district will be preparing for the potential need to operate our Extended School Year for Special Education students in a virtual format. Further, our Community Education Department is reviewing programs that could be offered in a virtual format. It is highly unlikely that district summer camps will be able to be run as they have in years past.

Over the next seven weeks, the school district will continue to support our students and families in the successful completion of the 2019 - 2020 school year. The health and safety of our school community are our top priorities. We must continue to listen to our health professionals and practice social distancing. It is important for our families, our community members, and our essential workers. Be safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely, 

David Aderhold, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


 


 


Reference Links:

West Windsor Department of Human Services: Public Health Update (Mar. 2)

West Windsor Health News Website (Click on Health News tab)

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

NJ Department of Health Coronavirus Information for Child Care and K-12 Schools (Updated Mar. 13, 2020)

NJ Department of Education

NJ Department of Health Managing Students (travelers) Returning from China FAQ 

NJ Department of Health Coronavirus Fact Sheet

NJ Department of Health Coronavirus Webpage

 
US Department of Education

CDC Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

CDC Coronavirus Guidance for Prevention

WHO Coronavirus Information

Parent Information for Supporting Your Child(ren) Through COVID-19 Pandemic






The best way to prevention infection including coronavirus include:

 

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home when sick and avoiding close contact with others
  • Covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and throwing away tissues
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces


To see additional district communications and resource links regarding COVID-19, please click here

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