HADDONFIELD, NJ — Every school in the Haddonfield Public School District will move to a full-remote learning structure this week ahead of the winter break, the district announced.
The middle school was already in a full-remote learning environment due to six confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Read more here: Haddonfield Middle School Goes Full-Remote Due To Coronavirus
“The decision was made earlier today that Haddonfield School District will be moving to full virtual instruction beginning Monday, December 21, through Wednesday, December 23,” Haddonfield Superintendent of Schools Chuck Klaus said in a letter to the school community. “The decision to include the entire district is based on additional positive cases that were reported this weekend.”
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The decision was made after the district discussed its 32 positive cases in the last 14 days — including 13 in the past five days — with the Camden County Department of Health, Klaus said. Two of the cases required contact tracing with an unknown origin, Klaus said.
“We are also waiting for test results from roughly 12 students,” Klaus said. “Keeping the safety and wellness of our students and staff as our top priority, we believe implementing the full virtual model is the optimal way to proceed.”
Principals will provide building-specific schedules, Klaus said.
“We did all that we could to keep in-person instruction intact; from increased PPE measures to closing only specific classrooms or individual buildings, but the sheer volume of new cases and the knowledge of several pending tests brought us to this challenging decision,” Klaus said. “We believe a district-wide move to a fully virtual model is in the best interest of the health of our students, families and staff.”