WARETOWN, NJ – News that the Stafford school district planned to go fully remote after the NJEA teacher conference break resulted in confusion for some Ocean Township parents. Would their district do the same? After all, both school systems are sending districts to Southern Regional.
“I know there’s some miscommunication about the post-November break,” shared Ocean Township Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christopher Lommerin, at last night’s Board of Education meeting. “We did survey our staff and are planning on opening directly after the break.”
Lommerin added a caveat concerning the circumstances that could result in at least a temporary return to virtual learning. They are related to findings of confirmed coronavirus cases within the district.
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“The only thing that would change the planned opening are two positive cases, separate scenarios, within fourteen days,” Lommerin explained.
Board of Education President Shawn Denning, Jr. once again gave a strong reminder to the public to look into getting flu shots. He views this year as particularly important.
“This morning, Judith Persichilli, the Commissioner of Health, noted that they would like 70 percent of the population to get vaccinated,” said Denning. “Typically, it’s about 50 percent that we see vaccinated.”
According to Denning, this will help keep the volume of sick people requiring in-patient hospitalization. He also suggested that the vaccinations are critical from an educational standpoint as well.
“We have to worry about kids missing school because of COVID and COVID-like illnesses,” Denning opined. “If we can get children and adults vaccinated, we can prevent unnecessary absences from school and the suspicion of COVID.”
Denning also asked that parents considering vacationing during the holiday breaks be mindful of the potential need to quarantine upon return. He recommended that families consult Governor Phil Murphy’s list of states that require quarantine time periods, so that students do not miss classes.
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