COVID-2019

Dear Mendham Township SD Families,

Together, we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community. In our response to COVID-19, the health, safety, and well-being of our students remains our first priority.

I will continue to stay in conversation with the city, state, and local officials, and partners as our entire region responds to new guidance and a call to take an active role combating COVID-19.  Please check the Coronavirus 2019 section of our District webpage for new information.

During Distance Learning our technology technicians will be available should your child have any technical issues that hinder participation. The school lead technician Peter Ricci and technology technician Kyle Lissy will be available between the hours of 9am and 2 pm. You can reach Mr. Ricci for Middle School issues at pricci@mendhamtwp.org and Mr. Lissy for Elementary School issues at klissy@mendhamtwp.org. Please leave a phone number in your email in case a phone call is needed for further assistance.

Mayor Sarah Neibart and the Township of Mendham are doing an outstanding job providing updates and resources on their website:

Mendham Township

It continues to be essential that we all monitor our health closely and contact health professionals should any of the following symptoms persist: cough, fever, tiredness, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.  Social distancing is essential toward flattening the curve of COVID-2019 and if you must go out, please maintain a six foot distance from other people.  

Please stay informed by visiting these helpful websites:

New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub

CDC website: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Morris County Office of Health Management

Due to the evolving nature of information, residents are encouraged to call NJ 211 with questions or concerns about COVID-19 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253 (24/7). NJ 211 is New Jersey’s statewide, comprehensive, information and referral service operated by United Ways of New Jersey. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211. Mendham Township residents can also call the Morris County Office of Health Management’s COVID-19 hotline at (973) 829-8250. Please note this line is only open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

See School specific information below:

MTMS

Visit our Distance Learning web page for more information - it will be updated regularly:

https://www.mendhamtwp.org/middle-school-home/distance- learning

Mendham Township Middle School staff is now ready to deliver distance learning to all of our students. Please help us to deliver effective instruction from 9am - 2 pm daily by ensuring the following:

1. Each of your children has a quiet space to work (headphones suggested),

2. Ample paper and pencils,

3. Be ready to pick up needed Chromebooks on the first day school is closed (Monday, March 16)

4. Help children create a routine so they are ready to be in class every morning by 9am. (Algebra / Geometry and Mrs. Butler's Math 8 start at 8am)

5. Monitor your child's work and ask to see what they are doing. Get involved / guide as much as possible.

6. Send email to dnissivoccia@mendhamtwp.org if your child is unable to attend classes

7. Report technical difficulties to pricci@mendhamtwp.org (leave your number to get call back)

8. Review the student procedures below and perhaps test technology at home.

MTES

In the event that our school is required to close in response to COVID-19, we will continue to provide access to education through our Distance Learning Plan. Our teachers and administrators have prepared for this type of event and we are in a position to continue the educational process through our Distance Learning Plan. All students PK-4 will need

access to the Internet and a computer, laptop, Chromebook or tablet to access the daily schedule, instruction and communication with teachers. If our school closes you will receive a detailed email from your child’s teachers with instructions on how to access the daily home instruction schedule, lessons, teacher websites and links. Our school will be using Google Meet to provide live access to our teachers. Instructions on how to log on to Google Meet will be included in the teachers’ instructional email. Daily attendance will be tracked by our homeroom teachers so it is important that your child log on by 8:45 a.m. Instruction begins at 9:00 a.m. If your child is ill and will not be able to participate in home instruction, please email Mrs. Wallack at bwallack@mendhamtwp.org no later than 9:15 a.m.

In order to make the learning process as successful as possible, it is required that an adult monitor students’ daily activities, communications and work completion. Students are required to follow our school’s Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use of Technology and any misuse or inappropriate communications may result in disciplinary actions. Our school is committed to helping our students and families during this challenging time. Please regularly check your email as we will be pushing out information and resources daily. Check our school website and click on DISTANCE LEARNING for additional information.

Thank you very much for your support throughout this difficult time. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email at any time.

Sincerely,

Salvatore M. Constantino, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

You can review all District Communications below.  Thank you and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.  Take care.


MTSD Update Email, 3-15-20

MTSD School Closing Letter, 3-12-20

MTSD Coronavirus Letter, 2-28-20

MTSD Coronavirus Letter, 3-6-20

MTSD Coronavirus Email, 3-8-20