Superintendent's Message 3/13/2020

Posted by:
Lawrence Community:
We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the rapid changes associated with it. With the safety and health of our students and staff paramount, we are taking the below actions.
Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, Lawrence Township Public Schools will be closed and will move to a virtual/remote learning environment. This closing extends through our spring break. At this point, we anticipate schools will reopen Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The school district will re-evaluate the length of closure and will follow guidelines provided by our public health officials.
Information will be posted on the district website or sent through verified social media accounts. Our staff members are committed to our students and do not take our responsibilities lightly. The district will provide an outline of our virtual/remote learning plans in the coming days. As this is a new way of providing instruction for an extended period of time, we appreciate your patience and flexibility.
All afterschool, evening and weekend activities are either canceled or postponed.   All facility use events and rental activities are canceled. Athletic practices and competitions are canceled until further notice. More information will follow about the Spring athletic season.
As of right now, buildings will remain open on a reduced schedule with some essential staff. This will allow us to continue the "business" end of school and to answer questions you may have. If for some reason you need to come to the building, please contact the building in advance. We will be happy to help.
Now is a time to protect the public's health. Allowing for social distancing and limiting exposure is the only strategy that we have in the absence of a vaccine or medical protocol. We have an obligation to one another to do all we can to help stop the spread of this virus.
We are working quickly and collaboratively in the district to focus on the safety and well-being of our school community. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
This is an evolving situation that may require further changes.  We will notify you If additional closures are required beyond April 13th.
Ross Kasun