MILLBURN, NJ — Millburn Superintendent of Schools Christine Burton announced Friday that the schools will go remote for two weeks after the end of winter break, from Jan. 4 to Jan. 15, to reduce coronavirus transmission.
"Please plan to return from travel on or before January 4th, and follow the CDC quarantine guidelines, while learning and teaching virtually," Burton wrote Friday. "This will help to ensure a healthier start to the new year, avoid staffing concerns, and mitigate the potential spread of the virus in January."
Several other districts have announced similar plans. For example, the Summit School District has asked its families to return to New Jersey by Jan. 3, and will stay remote until the middle of that month.
Gov. Phil Murphy has told people coming back from 46 states to quarantine for 14 days.
Just came back this month
In Millburn, the change may be hard for some families, as children younger than fifth grade were only able to start on-site learning in October, and older children returned to their buildings the week of Nov. 9.
"Please keep in mind that this is not an extended break," Burton wrote, of the January plan. "As always we make every effort to provide the most engaging educational experience for our students. I will be sharing more details about the January schedule at Monday’s Board of Education meeting, as well as a look at daily schedules should we need to close a school or the district for an extended period of time."
New Jersey hitting records
The state of New Jersey reported 4,320 new cases Thursday, officials have said, along with 34 deaths. More than 14,500 people have died from the virus statewide.
The state's highest one-day fatality rate was 460 residents on April 30, or one fatality every three minutes.
Doctors have said that a number of factors are contributing to the drop in the New Jersey daily death rate since spring, including people getting test results (and thus treatment) sooner, more protective equipment available in hospitals, and doctors becoming better able to treat the virus. However, the virus still can have long-term effects.
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