• Announcements

    January 15, 2021

    We have three individuals in the Sussex-Wantage Regional School District have tested positive for COVID-19. We have notified the Sussex County Department of Health (DOH) and are following their guidance in order to ensure the health and safety of our school community. Due to our remote instruction status, no further action will be taken.


    January 8, 2021

    We have five unrelated individuals with COVID-19 compatible symptoms in our school community. At this time, we also have one additional COVID positive individual. Due to the Department of Health's classification of our region as "High-Risk" or "orange" we are required to exercise more caution and to treat these cases aggressively as if they were already confirmed. We have notified the Sussex County Department of Health (DOH) and followed their guidance in order to ensure the health and safety of our school community. 

    Based upon these new developments and the recommendation of the DOH, the most prudent response at this juncture is to continue remote instruction for next week. All Sussex-Wantage Schools will be closed to in person instruction next week. During that time, all students should continue to attend their classes virtually. In person instruction is now scheduled to resume on Tuesday, January 19th with Cohort B students. (Monday January 18th, schools are closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day).


    December 23, 2020 

    As we approach this holiday season, I am writing to update you on how we will proceed moving forward given the guidelines provided by the Sussex County Department of Health (DOH). As previously shared, the COVID activity level in our region is at a “high” activity level. Due to this high activity level, the DOH has expressed a great deal of concern about the spread of the virus because of the upcoming winter holidays. To address that concern, our district will be moving to a remote model of instruction for one week following the winter break. 

    School will be remote from Monday, January 4th to Friday, January 8th. This provides an additional period after New Year’s Day to reduce the risk of holiday symptom spread exposure. School is anticipated to reopen to in-person instruction on Monday, January 11th using our cohort model. Please remember that if you travel during the holiday season, please monitor the NJDOH Travel Restrictions using the link below. 

    The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Some have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, loss of taste, loss of smell, and diarrhea. Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital. We will continue to keep you updated in the event these plans need to be modified. We sincerely hope that the new year finds you and your family safe with the ability to rejoice and find peace during these challenging times.

     


    December 18, 2020

    We have two unrelated individuals with COVID-19 compatible symptoms in our school community. Due to the Department of Health's classification of our region as "High-Risk" or "orange" we are required to exercise more caution and to treat these cases aggressively as if they were already confirmed. We have notified the Sussex County Department of Health (DOH) and followed their guidance in order to ensure the health and safety of our school community. At this time, everyone who was deemed to be a “close contact” has been notified by our nursing staff.

    These instances have impacted our school operations as they have 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 remote instruction for next week. All Sussex-Wantage Schools will be closed to in person instruction next week. During that time, all students should continue to attend their classes virtually. 


    December 3, 2020

    An individual in the Wantage Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We have notified the Sussex County Department of Health (DOH) and are following their guidance in order to ensure the health and safety of our school community. At this time, all individuals who were deemed to be close contacts have already been notified by our nursing staff and no additional action will be taken.  


    November 25, 2020

    An individual in the Sussex-Wantage Regional School District has tested positive for COVID-19. We have notified the Sussex County Department of Health (DOH) and followed their guidance in order to ensure the health and safety of our school community. In this instance the individual has been operating remotely and has not been on our school district campus. Therefore, this circumstance will not impact our school community operations and no further action will be taken. 



    November 22, 2020

    On Friday, I shared a letter with the Sussex-Wantage Community discussing the operational challenges that we face due to the rising cases of COVID-19. As I mentioned, the Department of Health (DOH) has indicated that they do expect us to move to a “Very High” (Red) Activity Level in the near future which will then pivot us into all remote learning after Thanksgiving. 

    We do still anticipate remaining open this upcoming week, but going fully remote beginning on Wednesday.  At this time, all students will be following their normal in person A or B cohort schedule for Monday and Tuesday on an early dismissal schedule. Wednesday will be a normal all remote day, but will run on an early dismissal schedule. Beginning Wednesday, November 25th, the Sussex-Wantage Regional School District will be switching to full remote instruction through Friday, December 11th. Although this period of remote instruction may eventually be extended based on DOH recommendations, at this time, we hope to resume in person instruction on Monday, December 14th while continuing to follow our cohort A or B model. 

    I would also like to reinforce that the possibility still exists, given the current statistical trends, that fully remote instruction could extend up to two weeks after the New Year’s Holiday, or through January 18th.  We will continue to monitor the situation, collaborate with the DOH, and keep the community informed, but everyone should prepare for that possibility.

    As a reminder, if your child is experiencing any symptoms of illness, we are requesting that they stay home from school and contact our school nurses. As more information becomes available I will continue to keep you informed.  I sincerely hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

     

    November 20, 2020
    I am writing to update you on our most recent COVID-19 positive case as well as provide you with an update concerning future operations. At this time, all individuals who were deemed to be close contacts of our current COVID-19 positive case have been notified by one of our school nurses. If you were not notified by our nurse, you should not anticipate being contacted by the Department of Health (DOH). The DOH has increased the COVID-19 Activity Level for our region from Moderate to High. The High Level designation will significantly impact the way our school district is able to continue to function. 

    The High Activity Level requires the school district to contact trace and quarantine all students and staff who come into contact with anyone with COVID-19 compatible symptoms. Close contacts of an individual with COVID-19 symptoms should be excluded through 14 days from the date of last contact, or until the ill individual receives an alternate diagnosis or tests negative for COVID-19. The COVID-19 Activity Level Reports can be found at the following link: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/

    At this time, we are planning to remain open next week, but you should prepare to shift to all remote learning at any time given the requirements of the DOH.  All students will be following their normal in person A or B cohort schedule for next Monday and Tuesday on an early dismissal schedule. Wednesday will be a normal all remote day, but will run on an early dismissal schedule. 

    Also, based on DOH information, they expect us to move to a “Very High” (Red) Activity Level in the near future which will then pivot us into all remote learning after Thanksgiving. The length of time we would be remote will be determined by a DOH recommendation. However, I would like to provide everyone with ample notice that the possibility exists, given the current statistical trends, that fully remote instruction could extend up to two weeks after the New Year’s Holiday, or January 18th.  We will monitor the situation next week and keep the community informed, but everyone should begin to prepare for that possibility.

    We appreciate the way our students, staff, and parents have been adhering to all protocols and guidelines to support a safe school environment. If your child or anyone in your immediate family is experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we are requesting that they stay home from school and contact our school nurses. We will transition these students to remote status immediately. 

    Please know that the health and well-being of our students, staff, and the entire school community are of the utmost importance to us. As more information becomes available I will continue to keep you informed.

     


    November 19, 2020

    An individual in the Sussex-Wantage Regional School District has tested positive for COVID-19.   We have contacted the Sussex County Department of Health and have begun the contact tracing process. 

    In order to afford the district time to collaborate with the Department of Health we will not have in person instruction tomorrow, Friday, November 20th. All students should attend their classes virtually tomorrow on a half day schedule.  Those individuals who are considered close contacts will receive a preliminary phone call from our nursing staff and a follow up phone call from the Department of Health regarding requirements for quarantining. 

    If you have any questions about your child's remote instruction, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher or principal. Anyone needing medical care is encouraged to contact their medical provider. We are closely monitoring the situation and will notify families if any additional actions need to be taken in the near future. We will update you once the nurse notification process has concluded.

    November 17, 2020

    I hope this letter finds everyone healthy and safe. As you are aware, our school district has worked closely with the Sussex County and New Jersey Departments of Health (DOH) and the New Jersey Department of Education to implement the required procedures in response to COVID-19. Recently, we were informed by the DOH that the current data indicate that our region is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and is moving from a region of moderate risk (yellow) to high risk (orange). If the region becomes high risk, the DOH protocols for handling positive, probable, and possible COVID-19 cases in schools become more stringent, as do the standards for contact tracing and quarantine. The New Jersey DOH recommends that school districts consider moving to fully remote learning in the event our regional status changes to high risk (orange). The data provided by the NJDOH can be found in their Weekly Activity Report using the link below. 

    https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/

    Should the risk level increase and a need for full remote instruction arise, our school district may need to pivot quickly on the recommendation of the DOH to remote learning for all students. A decision of this nature won’t be made lightly. It will be based on data and guidance from our DOH. The purpose of this notification is to give you as much notice as possible that taking such an action may become necessary and may be for an extended time. Everyone should begin to prepare for that possibility. Please know that the health and well-being of our students, staff, and the entire school community are of the utmost importance to us. I anticipate receiving updated data from the DOH by this weekend and will continue to keep you informed.


    November 11, 2020

    An individual in the Sussex-Wantage Regional School District has tested positive for COVID-19. We are currently coordinating with the Sussex County Department of Health and following their guidance in order to ensure the health and safety of our community.
    Out of an abundance of caution, contact tracing is being conducted back to Wednesday, November 4th. At this time we perceive this to be isolated to a bus for Cohort B. Those individuals who are considered close contacts will receive a preliminary phone call from our nursing staff and a follow up phone call from the Department of Health regarding requirements for quarantining. Considering that at this time, this is a single case that is not perceived to impact Cohort A, and in consultation with the Department of Health, Sussex-Wantage will remain open for the remainder of the week on our Cohort A and B schedule.
    As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Some have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physicians office, or hospital. As more information becomes available I will keep you informed. We will also update you once the nurse notification process has concluded.


    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.