Dear Vineland Public Schools Community: please be advised that the District will be returning to all-virtual instruction beginning on November 30, 2020 through January 18, 2021.
Recently, our region moved from low risk (green) to moderate risk (yellow). Current data indicates our region is very close to high risk (orange). DOH protocols for handling positive, probable, and possible orange-level Covid-19 cases in schools become more stringent, as do the standards for contact tracing and quarantine. Such a scenario would create significant challenges in maintaining a healthy environment for hybrid, in-person learning. The holiday season is predicted to compound these concerns.
The District emphasizes that transmission of cases within our schools is low; however, high quarantine rates have caused staffing shortages impacting in-person instruction.
Food distribution will take place for all students every Monday from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. at all schools. The Wallace School kitchen at 688 N. Mill Road is open from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. each Monday for those who are unable to pick up food in the morning. Food will include breakfast and lunch for five days.
For families with child care concerns during the period of virtual instruction, a limited number of vouchers are available to district-enrolled students to attend a licensed Vineland child care center utilizing funding from the Coronavirus Relief Act. Parents and guardians can inquire about these limited vouchers at any Vineland licensed child care center from Monday, November 30, through Friday, January 15, 2021. This service is available on normal school days only, excluding Wednesdays. A list of eligible providers is available on the district web site (www.vineland.org).
We understand the difficulty a pandemic situation causes families. Decisions which limit in-person instruction due to safety and quality are never made lightly. Please know that the health and well-being of our students, staff, and entire school community are of the utmost importance to us.
For a full copy of the letter in both English and Spanish, click here: https://bit.ly/3nMfHKj