COVID-19 Correspondence Blog

  • Correspondence - 3/19/2020

    Posted by Web Admin on 3/19/2020

    Broadband Options

    Parents, please see the information below regarding acquiring broadband for students at home and local internet providers.  If you do not have access to the internet for your children to participate in virtual instruction, please contact Mr. Hagemann at

    Broadband Options: COVID-19

    The following information was shared with us by our NJSBA TEC partner, E-Rate Consulting, Inc. (ERC).

    Acquiring Broadband for Students at Home

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently issued a release referencing the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.  Highlights are summarized below

    Major telecommunications providers are have agreed to the following for a period of at least 60 days:

    They will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers due to an inability to pay.

    They will waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    They will open their Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

    Over a dozen companies have signed the pledge, including Comcast and Altice USA.

    Comcast Customers

    Comcast is offering free access to its network for 60 days.  Individual households can sign up online.  After the 60-day period ends, the cost will be $9.99/month. Additionally, Comcast has opened up all of its hotspots to anyone in need. Students may check to see if they are in the range of Xfinity WiFi hotspots by visiting 

    Altice Customers

    For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, Altice is offering Altice Advantage Internet solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their footprint. Learn more.

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  • Correspondence - 3/18/2020

    Posted by Web Admin on 3/18/2020

    Dear Parents,

    Please allow this message to remind you that while participating in Online Home Instruction during the school closure, it is necessary to "take attendance" for your child(ren) each day.  To do this, you will need to log into the Genesis Parent Portal.  Everyday, the default setting will be 'absent' and after you submit your response, Mrs. Frank will update our system.  The link to the Parent Portal and directions for attendance are listed below.  Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.  


     Parents are responsible for taking their child(ren)’s attendance each day through the Genesis Parent Portal. If a student is not marked “present”, they may be considered“absent” for the day. Please see directions below:

    Once logged into the Parent Portal, click the attendance tab.

    Click the “Notify Attendance Office” tab

    For each child, choose the option of “present” or “absent” based on their ability to complete assigned coursework for the day

    If marking your child absent, please submit a “reason for absence”

    Once finished, click “Submit to Office”

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  • Correspondence - 3/16/2020

    Posted by Web Admin on 3/16/2020

    Good afternoon, Stanhope families.  Earlier today, Governor Murphy directed all schools to close due to the Coronavirus outbreak, no later than Wednesday, March 18.  Because of this directive, and the recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), the Valley Road School will be closed for all students effective immediately, through April 17.  April 10 through April 17 is still considered spring break for students and staff. All teachers are prepared to deliver online instruction beginning tomorrow and students should expect a minimum of one hour per week of work for each class.  I’ve included a letter from Principal DiCataldo in this alert and I’ve also distributed the letter as an email. Please review this letter carefully, as it outlines expectations for student attendance and instruction. Parents will need to utilize the Parent Portal each day to mark their child “present” or “absent”.  Directions on how to do this are included within the letter. Chromebooks were distributed today for families that indicated a need. Any family that was unable to pick up a requested Chromebook should email me directly (  There are still a few families without internet access at home, which is something we are currently working on.  I will contact those families directly for support. If your children are without internet access, and the school has not yet been notified, please do so as soon as possible.  I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to our parents, teachers, and school staff for your support and patience during this uncertain time. Again to summarize, the Valley Road School is closed to all students through April 17 and each student should engage in online instruction.  Any new information will be communicated to parents as soon as it becomes available.   


    Remote Instruction Letter (PDF)

    Steve Hagemann; Superintendent

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  • Correspondence - 3/15/2020

    Posted by Web Admin on 3/15/2020

    Good evening, Stanhope families.  I am contacting you to provide additional information about school closures and virtual instruction.  As a reminder, the Valley Road School will be closed to all students tomorrow, March 16 for the purposes of staff professional development.  All parents are asked to keep their students home from school indefinitely, until further notice. Several media outlets are reporting that Governor Murphy expects to close all New Jersey schools tomorrow afternoon, for what will likely be a period no less than four weeks.  This directive may prevent our District from opening the building to students without childcare and/or internet access. I will continue to monitor the situation, provide timely and transparent communication, and support our families as best as we can. For any family that participates in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, “grab and go” lunches will be available for pick up in the Valley Road School parking lot between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm tomorrow.  Families without access to a computer at home can pick up a school-issued Chromebook in the parking lot between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. If you haven’t already requested support for a school-issued device through our recent survey or directly through administration, please complete the survey as soon as possible so that a device can be prepared for your child. A direct link to the survey can be found on the District website.  Please check your email frequently and be tuned in to communication from your child’s teachers.  Online and virtual instruction will begin on Tuesday. Parents will be sent additional details about taking attendance and expectations tomorrow.  Again, thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate these uncharted waters. For your convenience, this message has been posted to the District website. 


    Mr. Hagemann

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  • Stanhope School - Health Related Closure Emergency Preparedness Plan

    Posted by Web Admin on 3/13/2020

    Stanhope Families, please see the Health Related Emergency Preparedness Plan that the Stanhope School District will implement in the event of a long-term closing. This document was approved by the Sussex County Department of Education, and is inclusive of the information that I've shared with you over the last several days. Again, please contact me or our main office if you have any questions.

    Stanhope School - Health Related Closure Emergency Preparedness Plan

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