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