Coronavirus Update

March 6, 2020

Dear Families/Caregivers and Staff,

We share your concerns about the Coronavirus. We established a leadership team including senior administration, nursing, technology and buildings and grounds to guide the MPS district through this potential health emergency. Today, we learned that a spouse of an employee was being evaluated for possible exposure to the Coronavirus.  By extension, the employee was evaluated as well.  Both have tested negative and are cleared by health officials. Unfortunately, this type of news may become more prevalent in the days to come. MPS school district preparations include the following steps:

We are in daily communication with the Montclair Department of Health.

  • We are meeting or exceeding NJDOH guidelines for schools.
  • We have procedures in place to ensure students and staff who become ill at school will be attended to and sent home as soon as possible.
  • We are evaluating field trips on a case-by-case basis.
  • Notice will be provided if school closure is necessary, and we are preparing for continuation of learning.
  • Our custodial staff will increase the level of cleaning and disinfecting in each building.
  • We request parents/guardians make sure their contact information is correct in Genesis. A parent/guardian or emergency contact should be available to pick up a sick student within a half hour.
  • We want to remind everyone that the best defense is hand washing.
  • Please keep your child home if sick.
In addition, we ask that if you or your children are traveling abroad, you please notify respective schools about the location of travel. We are all committed to the emotional and physical safety of all students, staff and families.

Thank you,

Dr. Nathan Parker
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Ms. Betty Strauss
District Nursing Supervisor
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