March 8, 2020
Dear Faculty, Parents/Guardians and Students:
I would like to take this opportunity to update you on new guidance for schools pertaining to COVID-19 from
the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). As a strategy to combat an emerging illness, health officials
may require schools to close. IF that occurs, the NJDOE stated any day in which students impacted by public
health-related closure have access to home instruction services will count as a day of school towards the 180-
day requirement. We were informed home instruction may include “online instruction” or “any other means
developed by the district to meet the needs of its students.”
This will be the first time that IF school is required to be closed (either preemptively or reactively for a health
related measure) the days will not need to be made up as long as home instruction can be delivered.
At this time, the NJDOE asked all school officials to start to plan for such an occurrence. LRHSD officials met
on Friday to ensure we can deliver equitable access to instruction for all students in the event school is required
to be closed due to COVID-19.
In order to assist us with these plans and maintain communication in the event of a school closing we will need
to accomplish a few things on Monday. For example, we will be polling students to determine their ability to
access the internet from home, ensuring all students and staff are registered for the LRHSD password portal, and
reviewing with staff how to remotely access pertinent files, etc.
Once this data is available we can finalize our plans to ensure all students can receive instruction in order for the
school closure to count towards 180-days. Our teachers and staff will communicate to their students how
instruction will be delivered for their class and how students can access the instruction. Parents and students,
please do not ask teachers for these specifics yet, as staff are in the process of creating, reviewing and finalizing
As this is an evolving situation, we continue to monitor guidance documents from the CDC, the Burlington
County Health Department and New Jersey Department of Education to determine the best steps to take in our
schools and we will continue to communicate these measures to everyone. As a reminder, the following are a
few things that you can do to help reduce the spread of viruses in our schools and community:
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not
available. Hand sanitizing wipes are located in every classroom and sanitizing dispensers are placed
throughout our schools.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid sick people.
- Review and follow CDC travel advisories when planning travel. If you become ill after returning home
to the United States, call your healthcare provider.
Please accept our appreciation for working with us to keep our students and staff virus free. For more
information about COVID-19, visit our school district website at www.lrhsd.org.
Dr. Carol L. Birnbohm
Superintendent of Schools
Student Home Technology Survey & LRHSD Password Portal
Now that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is beginning to be detected in New Jersey, school districts are being asked to develop plans IF there is a need to close schools. The 2020 LRHSD Student Home Technology Survey will be used to help schools maintain communication with students in the event of a school closing.
All students and staff should make sure that they are registered for the LRHSD Password Portal. By registering for the LRHSD Password Portal students and staff will be able maintain their own password profiles and reset their passwords anytime without assistance.