Cherry Hill Schools To Return To Full Remote Learning Amid Spike

Anthony Bellano
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CHERRY HILL, NJ — After a week of hybrid learning, the Cherry Hill Public School District will return to a full-remote learning model Nov. 30, officials announced Friday night.

The decision was made following a meeting between the Camden County Department of Health and superintendents throughout the county Friday afternoon, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Meloche said in a letter to the community.

The Department of Health said that due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the county, Camden County will most likely be in the “Red/Very High Risk category by Thanksgiving, according to Meloche. Once that happens, districts will have to go full-remote.

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“Based on this factual information, the Cherry Hill School District will return to full remote instruction effective Monday, November 30, 2020,” Meloche said. “We will remain on fully remote instruction through at least Friday, January 15, 2021. We will send weekly updates throughout the full remote instruction period. We will reassess and communicate to families on Monday, January 11, 2021, our plans and next steps.”

Students who are in the hybrid plan can choose to switch to full-remote as of Monday, Meloche said. Parents must notify their school’s principal if their child wishes to do that, and they must log on to be marked present.

“Our ability to return students and staff to school together in person depends on everyone’s commitment to taking all appropriate measures to minimize the spread of the virus as directed by the Camden County Department of Health, Gov. Phil Murphy, and the CDC,” Meloche said. “Parents, please continue to screen your children every day and please adhere to the recommended mitigation practices — wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and washing hands. Daily screening is critically important. Next week, do not send your child to school if your child’s screening indicates staying home. Anyone who is being tested for COVID-19, students or staff, must stay home until they have received their results. Please share students’ test results directly with the school nurse.”

About 50 percent of the students returned to in-person learning in the Cherry Hill Public School District this week. Read more here: 50 Percent Of Students Back In School As Cherry Hill Goes Hybrid

The students were in school for the first time since March due to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The district began the year using full-remote instruction, and was scheduled to return to in-person instruction Nov. 9 before more than three dozen positive coronavirus cases were identified in the district, further delaying the opening. Read more here: New Start Date For Cherry Hill Hybrid Learning After COVID Cases

“We are optimistic that a community wide effort to maintain everyone’s health and safety will lead to a successful Hybrid Model re-launch in January,” Meloche said. “Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers, support and administrative staff, and our community.”

This article originally appeared on the Cherry Hill Patch