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Dec 06, 2020

Holmdel Pivots to Remote Learning While Middletown Remains Hybrid Amid Staffing Challenges

Holmdel Township Superintendent of Schools Lee Seitz released a letter to the students and guardians of the district regarding the recent COVID-19 cases and school changes for this upcoming week.

As addressed in the letter, there are 32 students from all four Holmdel schools who have tested positive for the novel virus and are currently quarantining. According to the Monmouth County Department of Health, there are 18 positives at the high school, five at Satz, five at Indian Hill and four at Village.

This uptick in positive cases has caused the district to pivot to 100 percent remote learning for the entire week of Dec. 7.

A few miles away in neighboring Middletown, Superintendent Mary Ellen Walker addressed the school community on the same day, stating that schools are scheduled to reopen with the hybrid model, however, the district was currently facing staffing challenges as an increase of teacher absences was occurring.

On Dec. 4, Walker said, “In the last few hours of this afternoon, the number of anticipated staff absences for next week has escalated.”

The letter also addressed the shortage in substitute teachers this year, due to leaves of absence and childcare issues.

As of today, MTPS District is still planned to operate on a hybrid schedule starting Monday, Dec. 7.

Middletown continues to see increases in positive coronivirus cases. Most recently the Middletown Health Department reported that as of Dec. 6, the total confirmed positive cases stand at 2,184 with 45 new cases since yesterday.