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Hackettstown schools grades 8 to 12 will remain virtual, Pre-K to 7 will go back to in-person on Dec. 14

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren  County) – Hackettstown students in grades 8 through 12 will remain with virtual learning while grades Pre-K through 7 will switch back to in-person instruction on Dec. 14, Hackettstown School Superintendent David Mango said.

The district will be bringing students in grades Pre-K through 7 and self-contained special education programs back for in-person instruction beginning Monday, December 14 through Wednesday, December 23. Students in grades 8 through 12 will remain on remote instruction with an anticipated return date for in-person instruction on Monday, January 11, 2021, Mango said.

“Due to how the spread of the virus is impacting our state, county and township, at any time, the district reserves the right to pivot back to remote instruction should staffing, contact tracing or quarantine numbers become overly burdensome and negatively impact daily operations. Of course, should the North West Region attain the Red or Very High covid index level, all in-person instruction will be moved to remote instruction. My office requests that parents keep children home for remote instruction during the next two weeks should their child or any household member exhibit covid symptoms,” Mango said.

During the upcoming Holiday recess, the district will monitor our schools’ confirmed COVID-19 cases to determine if Pre-K through 7 students will be returning on Monday, January 4, 2021 or remain on remote instruction until Monday, January 11, 2021, Mango said.

In raising the level of awareness to our entire school community, the district offices have been notified during this remote period that an additional 18 students and/or staff members have been confirmed COVID-19 positive bringing the districts total COVID-19 positive count to 51, Mango said.

“My office implores our entire school community to please practice social distancing, wear a mask when leaving the safety of your home and refrain from attending large indoor gatherings,” Mango said.

Also, next week’s public board of education meeting and January 2021 reorganizational meeting will be operating remotely, 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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