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Hackettstown Middle School will remain virtual until Nov. 8 due to positive COVID-19 case

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) –  Hackettstown Middle School will remain virtual until Nov. 8 due to a positive COVID-19 case while Hatchery Hill School will resume in-person instruction on Oct. 29.

The two schools have been closed since Monday and had transitioned to virtual learning. Hackettstown High School and Willow Grove School have remained open.

According to Superintendent David Mango, “Please be advised the Hackettstown Middle School pending COVID-19 test results have now been confirmed as positive. This positive confirmation impacts adequate staffing and therefore, the Hackettstown Middle School will be operating on a virtual schedule through Sunday, November 8th. Students and staff will return to in-person instruction on Monday, November 9th.”

“In addition, the final COVID test results regarding Hatchery Hill School have not been confirmed. However, and in consultation with the Warren County Health Department, Hatchery Hill School will resume in-person instruction, tomorrow, October 29th. Please know that our facility has been sanitized and is a safe environment to return to for students and staff. Anyone considered a close contact for this pending COVID case has been under quarantine and has not been on the Hatchery Hill School property,” Mango said.

UPDATE from Superintendent David Mango: “This alert services as a follow up to the pending COVID-19 test results at the Hatchery Hill School.  My office has just received notification that those test results have been confirmed positive. Please know that this does not negatively impact or change tomorrow’s return to school for students and staff at the Hatchery Hill School.  The Hatchery Hill School has been deep cleaned several times and has been deemed safe to return to in person instruction as supported by the Warren County Health Department. My office realizes today has been difficult to process but rest assure we will continue to act in the best interest of health and safety for our students, staff and school community.”

“Moreover, all Hackettstown Middle School staff not identified as a close contact are permitted to return to the Middle School beginning tomorrow, Thursday, October 29th for virtual instruction. During this timeframe, all instructional staff members will have an option to continue instructing virtually from home, return to the Middle School to instruct virtually or a mixed model so long as it is consistent for students, mirrors the districts virtual platform expectations and is cross referenced by building administration,” Mango said.

“Moving forward, more information from the Hackettstown Middle School administrative team will be provided and forthcoming regarding technological access, technological concerns, materials, etc. My office thanks our community for their continued support in taking proactive measures ensuring the health and safety of our entire school community,” Mango said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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