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Hackettstown school superintendent provides COVID-19 update in district

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Hackettstown School Superintendent David Mango Friday night provided an update on the recent confirmed cases of COVID-19, cancelation of high school fall sports and school closures.

According to Mango, there has been another confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Hatchery Hill School.

“Parents and staff members identified as close contacts will be notified by the building principal and Warren County Health Department by tomorrow morning. The Hatchery Hill School will remain closed for the next 14 days. All instructional learning will be completed by way of the district’s virtual platform,” Mango said.

“In addition, and out of an abundance of caution, the Willow Grove School will also be closed next week and the remainder of the Fall Sports high school athletic season is hereby canceled,” Mango said.

“I share this with a heavy heart but ask our community to understand that since October 22nd, we have had 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 composed of students and staff. Some of these cases impacted our school community and some did not due to contact tracing protocol and timeframe of detection,” Mango said.

“As today’s earlier alert indicated, our instructional model was successful, however, at this moment we must hit the pause button to provide adequate time to slow the spread of the virus within our community and continue to focus on the future sustainability of our educational programs without continuous dysfunction,” Mango said.

Mango said, at this time:

  • Hatchery Hill School will return to in-person instruction on Monday, November 16
  • Willow Grove School will return to in-person instruction on Monday, November 9
  • Hackettstown Middle School will return to in-person instruction on Monday, November 9
  • Hackettstown High School will return to in-person instruction on Thursday, November 12

“Staff at both Hatchery Hill School and the Willow Grove School will be contacted by their building principals for more detailed information on a return to work over the weekend. The building administration will also be in contact with any parents that are in need of a technological device,” 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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