• 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
    plans.

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Carol L. Birnbohm
    Superintendent of Schools