June 7, 2021
Due to the excessive heat over the last few days, MTPS buildings not equipped with air-conditioning, are experiencing high classroom temperatures. Today, most classrooms were reporting temperatures in the low 80s in the morning and by the end of the day, the hottest classrooms were in the mid to upper 80s.
As a result of the very high temperatures coupled with a lack of air conditioning, MTPS will operate on a one-session schedule for Tuesday, June 8 & Wednesday, June 9 for all buildings. Lunches will not be served but will be “grab and go” for all students who wish to take a lunch home. As of now, the forecast for Thursday, June 10 is 75 degrees and Friday, June 11 is 64 degrees. If this forecast remains consistent, Thursday and Friday will be full days of instruction.
Today, Governor Murphy delivered his latest COVID-19 briefing. In this briefing, he stated very casually a “reminder” that in-school masking requirements include exceptions for extreme heat. He stated that school officials are empowered to make the best decisions for their buildings and communities. I want the Marlboro Community to know clearly that today’s briefing was the first time unmasking all children in schools was discussed as a district-level decision. Honestly, I, and many other school leaders, have been strongly requesting masking guidance regarding the balance of this year and next year with no clarification being provided. I want the Marlboro Community to know that I have constantly advocated for our children and community this year. We have continually been provided with inconsistent and untimely guidance during the pandemic. This inconsistent guidance has created consternation for the entire school community.
What You Need to Know Following New Guidance from Governor Murphy:
- School officials are now empowered to make the best decisions for their buildings and communities.
- MTPS students will only be required to wear masks while in common areas (hallways, etc.) However, if as a parent or guardian you would like your child to wear a mask at all times, please email your child’s teacher or building principal. We will be happy to assist you.
- MTPS students will have the ability to remove masks while in the classroom learning behind barriers; this means that students will be able to take their masks off while learning in June.
- Staff members will be able to remove masks in the same fashion listed above.
- Students may also remove masks on the bus. However, if as a parent or guardian you would like your child to wear a mask at all times on the bus, please email your child’s teacher or building principal. We will be happy to assist you.
MTPS will continue to advocate for our students and greater school community at all levels. In the face of inconsistent/lack of guidance, MTPS will respond accordingly to any guidance that is provided regardless of how timely/untimely it is delivered. In speaking straight, we will immediately pivot when we are finally provided guidance in order to ensure we are serving our students and staff in the best and safest way possible.
Dr. Eric M. Hibbs