Dear Mendham Township SD Families,
Thank you for your guidance and feedback as we prepare for a return to school. I am grateful for the outpouring of questions, perspectives, and ideas that have been shared in the last several weeks and months.
We have heard you through participation in web meetings, board of education meetings, emails, and phone calls, and our survey of more than 400 families. Our board meetings over the last few months have seen record-breaking participation.
On Tuesday, July 21, the Mendham Township Board of Education approved our Return to School Plan that we believe provides the best balance of safety and academic success for our students. This plan includes three different options that the District may enact, based on the current conditions and governmental directives. Because no plan that includes classroom instruction is completely without health risk, we encourage families for whom in-person instruction does not make sense to explore other options contained in the Return to School Plan.
For parents and guardians concerned about their family’s or their student’s health in an in-person school environment, several options are available to you, including a hybrid model at the middle school level and distance learning model at all levels. If you’re considering this option, please make sure you complete our District survey which you should receive in your email next week. The details of the plans are being communicated through grade-level specific meetings, the District weekly communication schedule, and supplemental resources like the FAQ on the website.
Throughout both the summer and academic year, we will continue to follow guidance from Governor Murphy, the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey Department of Education, and our local Health Department regarding the overall health and transmission risk within our state and community. We are prepared to transition to a hybrid attendance model or a completely remote environment should that be necessary.
We realize that communication with our families is vital to our success. Throughout the coming weeks, we will offer frequent and focused communications on topic areas essential to a safe return to school.
While the 2020–2021 school year will certainly be different, it creates new opportunities for us to be more innovative and flexible than ever. And through it all, our commitment will remain the same, preparing our students for life through academic achievement, personal well-being, and care for others. We will come out of this together stronger and better than ever.
Sal Constantino, Superintendent of Schools
Mayor Sarah Neibart and the Township of Mendham are doing an outstanding job providing updates and resources on their website:
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:
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.