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COVID Update: Ridgeway to Remain on All Remote Schedule thru 12/7

November 25, 2020

Dear Parents and Staff:

Over the past two days we have been informed of four additional positive cases of Covid-19.  These cases were students in different schools, one at the high school, one at the Whiting School, one at the Ridgeway School and one was a district employee in the district.  At least one other staff member is in the process of being tested as well.  In each case, students and staff who were identified as close contacts were notified and will be remaining home to monitor symptoms as a precaution.  

Therefore, there is nothing you need to do at this time and this letter is to provide you with the most accurate  information.  

As a precaution,  and due to the fact that we are in a high risk category in Ocean County, the  possibility of additional positive cases at the Ridgeway School and since there are several staff members and students who will be on quarantine, we will be placing the Ridgeway Elementary School on remote-only instruction with no in-person instruction until Monday December 7th.  This decision was based on a consultation with the Ocean County Board of Health.  As always, we continue to work with the Ocean County Board of Health to ensure we are fulfilling all of the requirements.  

At this time all virtual instruction only applies to the Ridgeway Elementary School.  All other schools will be on a regularly scheduled hybrid instructional day.   

Ridgeway Parents: Parents of Ridgeway Kindergarten students and ELL students can pick up chromebooks at the Ridgeway School starting Monday November 30th.  Pre-School parents can pick up learning packets on Monday November 30th as well.  

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is a part of our life and isolated cases continue to occur throughout the  Ocean County community.  We will continue to monitor these and any future positive cases  and if this trend continues, we will need to seriously consider moving to an all-remote learning setting for additional schools in our district.  This action would  affect schools in the district  that show multiple cases. This decision would also  be made in consultation with the Ocean County Board of Health who have been instrumental in ensuring that our district is following all of the proper safety and health procedures.  

We will continue to maintain our health and safety guidelines in all of our schools and it is imperative that as parents and families we continue to follow all of the safeguards including social distancing, mask wearing, avoiding large crowds, and washing hands frequently.  We must all do our parts to avoid any further spread of the virus so we can continue to offer in-person instruction safely to all of our students. We understand the importance of in-person instruction but the continuation of this type of instruction will always be based on the health and safety of our staff and students and we all must do our part to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone, both inside and outside of school.  

I am wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.  

Sincerely,

David Trethaway

Superintendent of Schools