3-13-20 Parent & Student Letter - Update
March 13, 2020 – update
Dear Faculty, Parents/Guardians and Students:
The latest guidance for schools pertaining to COVID-19 from Governor Murphy as per his 2 o’clock PM press conference, and in collaboration with the Burlington County Department of Health has prompted school districts to immediately enact their school closure preparedness plans. The Lenape Regional High School District and all districts in Burlington County will be closed from March 16th to April 9th. Students and staff are scheduled to return after Spring Break on April 20th.
Everyone’s cooperation this week, ranging from students completing surveys regarding access to technology, to staff finalizing virtual instruction plans, has been outstanding. Since 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 will be hosting our home instruction plan via on-line instruction and other means developed by our staff to meet the needs of our students.
During the period that the school and/or building is closed, teachers will maintain communication with their students/classes to ensure continuity of the curriculum. Before students left school on Thursday, every teacher informed their students how to obtain instruction from their teacher and how students are to provide documents and assignments back to their teacher.
There are many different modes of communication which will be used in order to ensure continuity of instruction. Some examples include Google Classroom (Google Hangouts, etc.), making updates/posting assignments via email or teachers’ webpages, and providing feedback to assignments on-line throughout the school closure, as well as in-person upon returning to school if necessary. Since many staff are utilizing live online delivery of instruction we will be following our single session day schedule.
The staff will be available at their scheduled times to deliver instruction on a daily basis, and in the afternoon to provide assistance via the methods they shared with their students.
As you are aware this is a rapidly changing situation and I will continue to update our school community. For more information about COVID-19, visit our school district website at www.lrhsd.org.
Please be safe and care for one another during this pandemic.
Dr. Carol L. Birnbohm
Superintendent of Schools