Good morning. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. Late last evening, the New Jersey Department of Education, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police and Governor Murphy's office, determined that all graduation and commencement ceremonies will be held on a virtual platform only. That being said, the Hackettstown Community Relations Committee will be hosting a future meeting to provide parents a platform for discussion regarding additional suggestions and ideas to include as part of our virtual graduation to make this as special and unique an event as possible for our class of 2020. Please refer to our District website to review this information and broadcast. I thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding during these difficult times.
This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. As per Governor Murphy's most recent press conference, the district, along with all NJ public schools will remain closed for the 19-20 school year. Therefore, remote virtual learning will continue until the end of this school year.
Additional information regarding commencement ceremonies, locker clean out, and chromebook returns will be forthcoming in the future.
Good afternoon. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. With the arrival of Spring, district security staff have been witnessing increased community activity on school grounds. Security staff are on school grounds to monitor our facilities and act as liaison to local law enforcement. Therefore, anyone who is found on district grounds is placing not only themselves, but district staff in a compromising position. Going forward, security staff will be contacting and partnering with local law enforcement should anyone fail to comply with the Governors executive orders and continue to congregate on school grounds. School grounds include: playgrounds, all fields of play, parking lots and all other property owned by the Board of Education.
Since the onset of this pandemic crisis, the district has only permitted essential employees and on occasion, those staff and parents onto grounds for the purpose of technology and material pick up. All efforts are coordinated with my office, prior to authorization for access. While my office understands and sympathizes with you for some form of normalcy and need for fresh air, I ask that you please remain cognizant of safe social distancing and remain home and off district property during this shelter in place.
April 8thGood afternoon. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. I continue to wish each of your families good health and safety during this pandemic crisis. As shared during my April 1st notification, during Spring Recess all virtual and instructional activities will end and return on Monday, April 20th. My office will continue to disseminate information to our school communities should new information from Governor Murphy's or the Commissioner of Education's office come to light that impacts our schools.Central office administration, district-wide administrative team and staff have been discussing the third trimester and 4th marking period grading system. In this time of change and fluid nature we are living, our district deems it best to modify our assessments and grading practice and policy. Going forward, all Kindergarten through eighth grades for the third trimester or fourth marking period will be based on a Pass/Fail system. There will be no changes to the High School grading system for the fourth marking period with the exception that all final exams are cancelled. The High School is also moving to an A/B instructional day. All information about the particulars for Pass/Fail, High School weighting system, projects, honor courses, expectations, etc. will be posted on your child's individual school website. Moreover, in the best interest of our students and staff's safety and health, the previously scheduled MIddle School class trip to Washington D.C. has been cancelled.The District recognizes that each individual home and family has been negatively impacted in a multitude of fashions. Beginning Friday, April 24th, the district will be instituting Flex Fridays. Flex Fridays represent a social and emotional well-being approach and ease on daily instruction for our school communities. Our staff is currently developing lessons that promote activities to engage students aside from traditional instructional methods. The district is also looking to have co- and extra-curricular activities (where feasible) return, including High School sports and Student Council/Government on a digital and virtual platform.Also, District -wide staff will be creating short learning and/or inspirational videos that will be posted on our website for students and community members to view. The High School Video Production and Marketing students will be actively engaged and part of this process. These videos will be expressive in nature, as we all have hobbies and activities that we incorporate into our lives for the very purpose of mental wellness and health. We do hope you enjoy them.Last, with Spring Recess at our fingertips and Spring weather approaching, now more than ever, it is imperative that we follow all safe social distance mandates established and practice healthy habits to ensure the safety of our families and neighbors. Together, and only together, can we flatten the COVID-19 curve.Remain strong. Stay well. Be vigilant.
Good morning. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. Please be advised that virtual and instructional learning will not take place during the Districts scheduled Spring Recess. Virtual and instructional learning will end on Thursday, April 9th, and commence on Monday, April 20th. During Spring Recess, the District will continue to inform our school community of all new or revised information shared by Governor's Murphy's office and the Commissioner of Education. Again, we do anticipate an extended closure and ask that you continue practicing safe social distancing as confirmed cases of COVID-19 increase daily throughout our county, state, country and globe. As always, I wish each of your families health and safety and thank you for your patience and understanding during this pandemic crisis. Be well. Be strong.
Good morning. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. I continue to wish each of your families health and safety during this difficult time. Due to our extended closure, the district will be providing a more diversified instructional approach in delivering new content. Therefore, staff will be interacting with students by way of online video platforms designed for this purpose. My office, along with district-wide administration and the educational staff will continue to collaborate to implement instructional plans that are consistent throughout all grade levels.
In addition to the revised platforms for instruction, my office would like to inform you that all field trips scheduled for the months of April and May have been cancelled. While we remain hopeful for a return, there is the very strong possibility that filed trips and commencement ceremonies for the month of June will be canceled as well. We will be better informed to make those decisions after the particulars from Governor Murphy's office are released following the April 17th re-assessment. More information will be disseminated once final decisions and guidance is provided from Governor Murphpys office.
I would like to end this message by thanking our Buildings and Grounds, custodial and maintenance staff for their continued commitment in the cleanliness and care of our facilities which began well before our closure. Their efforts have been nothing short of spectacular.
Please check you email regarding an important update from the Commissioner of Education.
March 26thGood morning. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. I would like to begin this communication by wishing each of your families continued health and safety during this crisis. I also thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding as we move forward on this journey together.As of this communication, we do not have a definitive date for a return to school or regular operations and will not be open on March 30th as originally planned. Governor Murphy has indicated that the Districts closure will be extended and to anticipate an even more extended closure. In addition, as of Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, the Governor's office has canceled all state assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. The District websites FAQ #16 has been revised and I encourage you to click on the link for review. My office will continue to inform our school community of any possible revisions made.Moreover, alerts from the Middle and High Schools will be forthcoming as to 3rd marking period grades, missing assignments or any other academic concerns. The District is also in the final stages of creating a schedule for our parents for both pick-up and drop off of completed packets and materials at select locations. Those procedures and details will be communicated when operations are finalized.Last and most importantly, please practice safe social distancing. As difficult as this may be, it is our civic responsibility to adhere to the Governors guidelines in flattening the COVID-19 curve. Safe social distancing includes: not attending or scheduling playdates for children, neighborhood gatherings, playing or hanging out at municipal parks or using school grounds as a gathering site.As always, I thank you in advance for your continued partnership and cooperation.Be Well. Be Strong.
The GMRSD Board of Education urges the community to use good judgement in protecting their families from COVID-19. Please adhere to the recommendations and restrictions set forth by Governor Murphy by practicing social distancing and flattening the curve. The Board of Education asks that all community members refrain from using the playground equipment at Central School and Liberty School, as they are both closed. The Board understands the frustrations that have resulted from this pandemic, and the cabin fever that it has created, but it is imperative that everyone takes the proper precautions to stop the spread of this virus. GMRSD thanks you for your cooperation.
Good morning. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. The District remains actively engaged and committed in providing the safest and most secure learning experience for our students and staff.. As our nation continues to combat COVID-19, new information is discovered, determined and disseminated to all levels of local, county and state officials. As one can imagine, these fluid circumstances require action when presented and flexibility and understanding by all stakeholders the same. As our country, state and communities go forward, there lies the very strong possibility that our school district will remain closed beyond the original date of Friday, March 27, 2020. Should we be directed to close beyond next Friday, March 27, 2020, virtual learning will continue as preparation for this possibility has been well underway. We also ask that you please follow all directives regarding safe and social distancing measures in flattening the COVID-19 curve. Please know, my office will continue to keep our communities informed in a timely manner as information is shared with my office. As always, and on behalf of the Board of Education, I thank you.
Good Morning. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. Please be advised that as of tomorrow, March 18, 2020, all Central Office staff and building principals will be working remotely and will be accessible through email Monday through Friday. The buildings will not be opened for a minimum of two weeks. If you or your child needs instructional materials, please contact the building principal through email to make arrangements. For those receiving lunches, pickup location will continue to be at the Middle School from 11am -12pm. Moreover, our facilities have been, and will continue to be, deep cleaned ensuring a safe, non-viral environment for the return of school. My office will continue to update the community as viable information comes forward. Last, please refer to the district website for information regarding the public meeting scheduled this week. I hope that everyone remains healthy and please reach out immediately if the district can assist you or your family.
Good morning. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. Please be advised beginning later today, your child's attendance will be monitored by way of a Google Form. You will receive a daily email with a link that will require confirmation of attendance by 10 am, Monday through Friday for the duration of our district closure. In addition, please contact your child's principal if you have not picked up your child's instructional packet and/or any other instructional materials needed. I thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding this matter.
Good morning. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. In preparation for a district closure, please review your child's specific school website for pick-up of materials, technology and all other pertinent information. The times and availability for pick-up this afternoon will be posted there. Please be advised that future alerts regarding the status of the District may be forthcoming following the Governor's address at noon today. Thank you.
March 12th (3rd Message)
Good afternoon. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. Tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020, the district will be utilizing an emergency day for students only. Staff will report to district for a full day to bring closure to our preparedness plans. While we understand this is an inconvenience for parents, the district will utilize the full day to continue preparing for a possible future closure at the direction of the Warren County Health Department and/or NJ Department of Education. The district recommends that you take all precautionary measures recommended by state, local and health officials to ensure the safety of your families. As always, we thank you in advance for partnering with us at this most difficult time.
March 12th, 2020 (2nd Message)
Good afternoon. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. After careful consideration and reflection, please know that district staff will not be required to report on a half day schedule should the district close. Therefore, all instruction will take place by way of remote access and on-line. In an abundance of caution, and in conjunction with recommendations from the Warren County Health Department, until further notice, all out of district field trips, activities and sports are canceled. I thank you in advance for partnering with us at this difficult time.
March 12th, 2020 (1st Message)Good morning. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools.
Today we learned that the parent of a Central School student works in a multi-story building out of State where there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19. This parent does not work on the same floor, nor work for the same company as the individual that was diagnosed with the virus. We have also been informed that neither the parent nor the student have been diagnosed, tested or exhibited any symptoms associated with the virus. We have been in contact and consulted with the Warren County Health Department, and have been advised that at this time there is no need for the school to be closed. Nevertheless, in abundance of caution the student is being kept home for the remainder of the week, and we have already made arrangements for the Central School to be proactively deep cleaned.
As the situation with the Coronavirus continues to develop and more information and guidance becomes available, we will continue to partner with our State, County and local officials in order to make sure that all decisions are made in an collaborative fashion and after full consideration of the facts as they actually are. We are also committed to being as transparent, proactive and fully protective of our students, staff and community as possible as we all navigate and continue to deal with the developing situation with the Coronavirus.
March 11th, 2020
Good afternoon. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. In the event of a school closure related to the Coronavirus I ask that you please refer to our district website to review the district Preparedness Plan. To that end, should the district be directed to close by the Warren County Health Department or NJ Department of Education, each school will post individual "School Plan Procedures" for schematic and functional purpose. Please remember, district staff will operate on our half day schedule should the district be directed to close for safe distance purposes. Moreover, if you have not completed the on-line district technology survey, we ask that you please do. I thank you in advance for partnering with us at this time.
March 9th, 2020
Good afternoon. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. As the Coronavirus spreads, we continue to diligently plan should the district be required to close. The final details of this plan will be forthcoming in the very near future. The NJ State Department has provided directives and flexibility as to meeting the needs of all students and expectations in meeting state mandates. Moreover, the Warren County Health Department has communicated that should the Health Department deem it necessary to close for “safety distance purposes”, that a district would be required to remain closed until further notice.
Please understand that should the Warren County Health Department deem it necessary to close our district for either a confirmed case of Coronavirus or safety distancing purposes that the instructional plans will be enacted upon. As of today, the minimum time frame for closure is 14 days. To that end, there is a brief technology survey posted on our district website that we are asking all parents and guardians to take over the next 48 hours to assist the district in its planning process. This survey focuses on internet accessibility and technological devices. The afternoon of this coming Friday, March 13th, will be utilized for additional planning and preparedness for staff. Again, I thank you in advance for partnering with us at this time.
March 6th, 2020
Good evening. This is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. I am sending this message in follow-up to Tuesday’s alert concerning the Coronavirus. Like everyone else, we are continuing to review guidance issued by Federal, State and local health agencies and officials, as well as monitor developments related to the Coronavirus. As of today, Warren County has not experienced a single case of the Coronavirus virus. Nevertheless, the district remains steadfast in its commitment to ensure the safest and healthiest environment for students, staff and community members. Our facilities will be deep cleaned this weekend, all hand sanitizers and soap dispensers have been and will continue to be checked daily and we will continue to discuss precautionary measures within our schools. We will continue to post information, including any updated or revised information released by County, State and Federal officials, in order to keep you up to date. We do ask that you pay particular attention to travel restrictions and advisory’s posted by the CDC, and what those restrictions or alerts mean if you have, or someone in your immediate family has, recently been or soon will be traveling outside of the Country. On behalf of the Board of Education, I thank you in advance for partnering with us at this time.
March 3rd, 2020
Good evening, this is a message from David Mango, Superintendent of Schools. As you know, the Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe. In an abundance of caution, we have placed all pertinent information and guidance received from the Warren County Health Department, New Jersey School Boards Association and the New Jersey Department of Health onto our district website for public view. My office thanks you in advance for partnering with us in keeping our students healthy and safe.