12-22-20 LRHSD Full Remote from January 4 through 18
December 22, 2020
Dear Staff, Students, Parents and Guardians:
When school resumes Jan. 4 after Winter Break, the entire Lenape Regional High School District will shift to a fully remote model. The target date for students to resume in-person instruction in our hybrid model is Tuesday, Jan. 19 after the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Our schools are safe and there has been no evidence of COVID-19 transmission within our buildings. Our decision to go to a fully remote model after the New Year is a proactive one that will allow for a time and space cushion following holiday travel and gatherings. It is based on many factors, including consultation with local health officials and the status of neighboring schools. We also know that similar, proactive closures of schools in our area are creating childcare challenges for many of our employees.
An important factor was our own history. The LRHSD had several temporary closures following two fall holidays. Two schools were closed following Halloween and three schools were closed following Thanksgiving due to a spike in positive and presumed positive COVID-19 cases. Further, several of our staff and students have had to quarantine due to being identified as close contacts of either confirmed positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases.
While we will miss five in-person instructional days during this momentary pause, we feel this short closure will help us return to in-person learning with healthy students and staff. Providing a remote-learning cushion after a holiday has a number of advantages. It allows for contact tracing, limits the number of close-contact scenarios that result in domino-effect quarantines, and enables students and staff members to return to schools with lower risk.
Athletics may resume on Jan. 11, barring a spike in COVID-19 cases or Burlington County being classified as “very high risk” on the state’s COVID-19 Activity Level Index.
The principals will provide more information regarding the schedule for students and staff.
I personally want to thank you for your understanding and your continued assistance in helping us keep our students, staff, and entire LRHSD community safe. I wish all of you within our LRHSD community a healthy and safe holiday season. I look forward to in-person learning with healthy students and staff on Jan. 19.
Carol L. Birnbohm, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Lenape Regional High School District