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Hackettstown schools grades 8 to 12 will go virtual on Monday, Pre-K to 7 will go virtual on Nov. 30

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) –  Hackettstown students in grades 8 through 12 will move to virtual learning on Monday while grades Pre-K through 7 will switch to virtual learning on Nov. 30, Hackettstown School Superintendent David Mango said.

According to Mango, the Northwest region of the state has reached the high risk or orange level indicator for positivity regarding COVID-19. Therefore, in consultation with the Warren County Health Department and the Executive County Superintendent, students in grades 8 through 12 will be working remotely effective Monday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Dec. 11.

Students in grades Pre-K through 7 will report for in-person instruction next week prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday and then work remotely from Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 11, Mango said.

“However, my office reserves the right to pivot those grade levels to remote instruction should positive cases arise, unexpected staffing concerns come to the forefront or contact tracing requirements become too cumbersome for staff under regulations for this level indicator,” Mango said.

“At this time, my office remains hopeful that the North West Region will not exceed this COVID-19 level. Please know, in advance, that the district will work remotely beyond December 11th should our region remain at this COVID-19 level indicator or move to the Red or Very High risk level. That said, my office implores our school community to prepare now as if the district will be closed for an extended period of time. My office will contact our entire school community no later than December 11th as to the next steps our district will be taking,” Mango said.

“In addition, district staff will have the option to instruct from home so long as they have all appropriate equipment available to provide quality, high level instruction. Should at home technical difficulties adversely impact instruction, then staff would be required to report. Staff must be approved by building level administration as they were in the past during the district’s last closure should they wish to instruct remotely from home,” 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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