• Announcements

    October 6, 2020

    We have received the results confirming the rapid test and it was, in fact, positive.
    I have been in contact with the Sussex County Department of Health. They have completed their contract tracing process and have notified everyone who was deemed to be a close contact of the COVID-19 positive individual. The notification process has concluded. Once again the notification process is done. Any areas of our schools associated with this matter have already been disinfected as appropriate.
    Also, to make you aware, the positive case appears to be associated with contact from a member outside of the school community which was unrelated to school. The individual did not know their positive status until Sunday, was asymptomatic, and notified the District immediately. However, despite this, it has impacted our school operations as it has resulted in a significant number of individuals being required to quarantine which constrains our ability to operate. The most prudent response at this juncture is to continue full remote instruction for the duration of this week and next week. During that time, all students should continue to attend their classes virtually on a daily basis. School will resume for in person instruction on Monday, October 19th for Cohort A and on Tuesday, October 20th for Cohort B. As a reminder there will be no virtual instruction on Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day.
    If you have any questions about your childs remote instruction, please dont hesitate to contact your childs teacher or principal. Anyone who perceives that they may need medical care is encouraged to contact their medical provider. It is also important to note that each COVID-19 circumstance that we experience will be handled on a case by case basis and may not necessarily result in full remote instruction. However, I have reflected on this decision a great deal, consulted our nursing staff and our district physician, and have been in touch with the Department of Health. I feel it is prudent to take decisive action to neutralize this issue and ensure our health and safety. We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused and thank you for your patience as we worked through this challenge together.


    September 16, 2020

    As we mentioned in our previous notification, our District Pandemic Teams met to deliberate whether or not we should transition to full days while still using a cohort model.

    Collectively, our Pandemic Teams feel it would be wise to extend our early dismissal days due, in part, to recent instances of COVID in surrounding school districts.  We understand that this is inconvenient for parents, however, our goal remains to not just open schools safely, but to keep them open. We are therefore extending our early dismissal days for one more week. The Pandemic Team feels this is in the best interest of everyone's health and safety and sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. We now anticipate beginning full days on Monday, September 28th. Please be aware that when we do transition to full days, we will still operate on our current Cohort A/B Schedule.
     
    We examined the following areas to arrive at this perspective:

    1. https://covidactnow.org/us/nj?s=1033220

    2. https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/statistics/covid/index.shtml

    3. COVID-19 instances within our regional school districts as it may relate to employees who reside in or also work in those areas.


    August 3, 2020

    Please click here to read "Sussex-Wantage Reopening Letter August 3, 2020"


    July 2, 2020

    As you may have heard, Governor Murphy recently released the fall reopening guidelines for schools. This “Road Back” guide contains information that our school district will need to consider and plan for in order to reopen in the fall. The document can be found at the following link. https://www.nj.gov/education/reopening/NJDOETheRoadBack.pdf

    You should also be aware that our district had already begun the process of planning in advance of the Governor’s guidance in order to adequately prepare. As we continue to work to create our district plans for reentry, your insight and perspective are essential to the success of our reopening plan.

    We will be hosting a community forum to provide parents and community members with the opportunity to directly share questions, concerns, and ideas with the school district. Our next meeting will be held on July 8th at 7:00 pm via Google Meet.

    The purpose of this meeting will be to listen to the concerns of our parents and community members and highlight elements of the plan provided by the New Jersey Department of Education. In subsequent meetings, we will brief the community on our progress in developing our restart plans and procedures. For your convenience, the meeting will be Livestreamed and can be viewed by going to our main district website located here: https://www.swregional.org/



    May 4, 2020

    Governor Murphy has announced that all in-person instruction has been cancelled for the 2019-20 school year; remote learning will continue through the anticipated last day of school. Clarification regarding scheduling, retrieving belongings, graduation, extended-school year (summer) instruction, plans for closing and reopening will be forthcoming as soon as possible over the coming weeks.  


    During a press conference held on Thursday, April 16, 2020, Governor Murphy announced that all NJ schools will remain closed through Friday, May 15, 2020. In an effort to provide clear and concise guidance to the members of our school community, please be advised that at this time the Sussex-Wantage Regional School District will be extending the school closure through 5/15/20. All school activities will be cancelled through 5/15/20. Please anticipate receiving more information in the near future regarding the possibility of trip and activity refunds as we continue to work with our various vendors.

     



    Please be advised that at this time the Sussex-Wantage Regional School District will be extending the school closure through 5/1/20. All school activities are cancelled during that time. We will continue to reevaluate and assess the situation based upon current information and directives from Governor Murphy, the New Jersey Department of Education, and the New Jersey Department of Health on a weekly basis. Additional information will be shared with our community as it becomes available.


     SW Schools Closed March 16th-March 27th

    After a conference call last night with officials from the Sussex County Department of Education, the Sussex County Department of Health, the NJ Department of Education, and Sussex County school district superintendents to discuss growing concerns over COVID-19, we are announcing that the Sussex Wantage Regional School District will be closed from Monday March 16th through Friday March 27th as a proactive measure.

    All after school and evening activities are cancelled. The Care Program is also closed.

    At this time, we do not have reported cases of COVID-19 in our schools.

    Please look forward to continued updates in our Sunday call.