Lakehurst School Shifts To Remote Instruction Due To COVID Spike

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LAKEHURST, NJ — The surge in coronavirus cases at the end of December has prompted Lakehurst Elementary School to shift to remote instruction for the next two weeks.

The school administration said Tuesday will be a delayed remote learning day so families could pick up their students' Chromebooks at school. The remote instruction will run through Jan. 14.

In-person classes are set to resume Jan. 18, the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

"Yet again, we are handed another challenge due to the global pandemic and have been in frequent contact with the Ocean County Department of Health," the district said. "We are experiencing high levels of positive COVID-19 cases within the school community, which will affect our schedule for the next couple of weeks, to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals."

"The two weeks gives ample time to work through the exposures and possible positive cases," school officials said.

Lakehurst has added 55 new cases of the coronavirus since Dec. 3, including 25 since Dec. 23, when school closed for winter break. It's a 13.38 percent increase in cases over the last month.

School officials said the schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday: Chromebook pick-up will take place from 10 a.m.-2 at the Main Office entrance. Students may log on to their Google Classroom once they receive their Chromebooks.

  • Jan. 11: Delayed remote opening for students only; live meets or lessons will begin at 10 a.m.

  • Jan. 17: School closed for observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Jan. 18: Return to in-person learning, with school following a regular schedule.

Parents and guardians are urged to notify the school nurse if their child or a member of the household was diagnosed with COVID-19 over the break.

"While we wait for updated guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health for new
CDC updates, we will continue to follow guidance that is currently in place," officials said. "An individual who is COVID-19 positive must quarantine for 10 days. An unvaccinated close contact
must receive a negative test result between days 5 and 7 of the quarantine after the
last known exposure or the household member has completed their 10-day quarantine
and be symptom-free to return on day 8 or quarantine for an additional 14 days without
testing. A fully vaccinated, close contact does not need to quarantine if they are
symptom-free.

While students are receiving remote instruction, breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up at the cafeteria windows at the back of the school.

Pick-up will be twice a week from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Tuesday and Thursday this week, and Jan. 10 and 13 next week.

"Daily attendance for remote learning is critical. Students must log on to daily meets
and classes, as well as complete assignments to receive credit for being present," officials said.

If a Chromebook becomes damaged or stops working, please email Ms. Silvestri at ssilvestri@lakehurstschool.org ASAP.

Families who do not have access to WIFI or internet capabilities within the home,
please contact the school for assistance.

The main office staff will be reachable at 732-657-5741.

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