HADDONFIELD, NJ — Haddonfield Memorial High School will move to full virtual instruction on Monday, the school district announced Sunday afternoon.
The district is hoping to move back to its hybrid schedule Nov. 30. The elementary schools and middle school remain open in a hybrid format.
The district said in a letter to the school community on Sunday that it had received information about an additional positive coronavirus test with no contact tracing to previous cases, several potential positive cases awaiting test results, and staffing concerns.
It was unclear from the letter how many total cases have been identified at the school. Additional factors were the significantly decreased number of students physically in school due to quarantine and the increased request for full virtual instruction, the district said.
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“The educational benefit with significantly more students virtual and fewer students in person also played a key role in this decision,” Haddonfield Superintendent of Schools Chuck Klaus said in the letter. “Keeping the safety and wellness of our students and staff as our top priority, we believe implementing the full virtual is the optimum way to proceed.”
The district posted details on its full virtual schedule, and said information on material pick up, and scheduled in-person meetings will be coming from Haddonfield Memorial High School Principal Tammy McHale.
“This decision was not arrived at easily,” Klaus said. “We hoped to stay the course and continue to offer in-person instruction; however, it became evident that the best course of action is to address the current spread by taking these precautionary steps. Over the next 14 days we hope to see lower numbers of COVID+ results at HMHS so that we will be able to return to the cohort model on November 30.
“If the numbers continue to remain at their current level, we will have to reconsider the return date. To that end, it is imperative that our students follow all safety measures while not in school.”