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Update March 23, 2020
 

Dear Dennis Township Families,

This message is to inform you Dennis Township Schools are closed until further notice.  We will continue to keep you updated as things progress. For questions or assistance, please call the school. Although we are not open, messages will be checked remotely on a regular basis.

Please continue to consult our e-Learning pages for your child’s assignments. If you need a chromebook, help with technology or help with obtaining assignments, please call the school.

We are continuing to provide breakfast and lunch for free/reduced lunch students.  Beginning Wednesday, all meals will be delivered to houses by school bus on Mondays and Wednesdays.  If you qualify for meals and have not yet signed up, please do so online by clicking e-Learning and then clicking Meals for Online Learners.  If you feel you are newly eligible for meals, please call the school and leave a message. We will help you complete the proper paperwork.

The Dennis Township Schools Staff is committed to helping our families during this unique and challenging time.  Please be sure to contact us if we can help you in any way.

Yours in Educating Our Children,

Susan S. Speirs, Superintendent
Dennis Township Schools


Update March 16, 2020

Dear Dennis Township Families,

As you know from this weekend’s announcement, schools will be closed beginning tomorrow. As per the direction we received from NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s office, we expect to be closed for at least two weeks.

Students were sent home with work today.  These assignments were also placed online.  For all of your child’s assignments, please Click Here to determine how to access each teacher’s e-Learning Day assignments.  Please be sure you check the e-learning pages of all of your child's teachers, including Specials.

If your child was absent today and did not receive the school work, you can access it online at your child’s teachers’ e-Learning Assignment page or you can call the school office to arrange to pick up the work.  Families with transportation challenges can contact us for delivery of school work.

If you have questions about Special Education programming, please contact your case manager.

Breakfast and lunch is being provided for students who qualify as Free or Reduced.  Please Click Here for meal pick up information.  Families with transportation challenges can contact us for delivery of meals.  If you feel your family has recently become eligible for free or reduced meals, please contact us for assistance.

Finally, we realize the many challenges families will be facing in the coming days.  Please contact us for any help you may need.

If you have questions, please call me.

Yours in Educating Our Children,

Susan S. Speirs, Superintendent
Dennis Township Schools

Update March 15, 2020

Dear Dennis Township Families,

Please be advised for the safety of our staff, students and their families, Dennis Township Schools will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th. Our re-opening date will be based on developments regarding the progression of COVID-19.

We are offering instruction for our students during this time.  Information about how to access instructional materials for your children will be forthcoming.  We expect the closure days to count towards our 180 day requirement. So, at this time, the last day of school is anticipated to remain the same.

We are offering food service for our free and reduced lunch students.  Information on how to access nutritional offerings will be posted shortly.

We understand an extended school closing posts significant challenges for many families.  Our staff remains available to assist with social emotional issues as well as nutritional and instructional.  Please call the school for assistance.

We will continue to keep our families informed on a regular basis.  Again, please call the school if we can assist in any way.

Yours in Educating Our Children,

Susan S. Speirs, Superintendent
Dennis Township Schools


Update March 13, 2020

Dear Dennis Township Families,

NJ Governor Phil Murphy spoke earlier today.  In his speech he declared, “School closings are inevitable.”  Regarding this, please know Dennis Township staff are working to prepare for school closure.  We are developing lessons and instructional activities to keep our students learning despite not physically being in our school buildings.  We will keep you informed as the situation continues to develop.

 

In the meantime, please keep in mind:

  • Keep students home if sick
  • Call the school any time your child is absent.  Please state if the absence is for illness or some other reason

 

While school remains open we will protect our students through the following measures:

  • Increased cleaning procedures
  • All large student/community gatherings are postponed.  This includes movie nights, dances, the Talent Show, etc... 
  • Visits to classrooms by parents or presenters are suspended. 
  • Field trips are postponed.
  • Parent conferences will be conducted by phone, when possible

 

Finally, for parental planning purposes while school remains open, clubs and after school classes that only include DT students and staff will continue to take place. Sports teams are permitted to continue to practice.  However, competitions are postponed.

 

If you have any questions, please call me.

Yours in Educating Our Children,

Susan S. Speirs, Superintendent
Dennis Township Schools


Update March 11, 2020

Dear Dennis Township Families,

 

This notice is to keep you up-to-date on the status of our school district field trips.  In light of the health risk of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), these decisions are based on the recommendation of the Cape May County Department of Health. 


The following trips are postponed:

7th Grade Holocaust Museum
4th Grade Franklin Institute
7th Grade Washington, D.C.

As more information becomes available, you will be notified of the status of trips scheduled for later in the school year. If you have any questions, please call me.


Yours in Educating Our Children,


Susan S. Speirs, Superintendent
Dennis Township Schools


Update March 4, 2020

Dear Dennis Township Families,

In the Dennis Township School District, the safety and wellness of our students and staff is of utmost importance. As a result, we are continuing to monitor the evolving situation surrounding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States. Although there have been no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cape May County, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends preventative measures and monitoring student and staff health concerns.

As always we emphasize cleanliness in our buildings.  In light of recent events, maintenance staff remain vigilant in consistently wiping down surfaces and door handles in which students and staff come in contact.  In doing so, we are using disinfectant products known to demonstrate effectiveness against viruses similar to the Coronavirus. Additionally, members of our staff recently participated in training on ways to further combat the spread of infection.

 

To help prevent flu and colds, remind your children to follow these good habits:

  • wash hands frequently
  • do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • when sneezing or coughing use a tissue, throw it away and wash hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • get plenty of sleep and maintain a healthy diet
 

For the health of your child as well as others, please keep your child home if they have:

  • a fever greater than 100 degrees - return to school when fever free without medication for 24 hours
  • chills
  • vomiting
  • general feelings of fatigue or discomfort
  • frequent congested cough
  • nasal congestion and frequent blowing of nose

 
If you would like more information about the Coronavirus, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Also, see our website for additional information from the CDC. We are following The Novel Coronavirus official news bulletins closely.  Updated information will be provided to our families as needed.  


Your in Educating Our Children,

Susan S. Speirs, Superintendent
Dennis Township Schools