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Mar 11, 2020

RBR Cancels Face-to-Face Instruction until Further Notice

Superintendent Louis Moore announced Wednesday that Red Bank Regional will cancel all face-to-face instruction until further notice because of growing concern regarding the coronavirus.

A Little Silver man who tested presumed positive for the virus Monday has a sibling who attends RBR.

As a precaution, RBR closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“During this time, the school administrative team met to develop an emergency virtual school plan to ensure the continuity of our instructional program,” Moore wrote in a letter now posted to the school’s website. “In addition, our custodial staff has thoroughly re-cleaned and disinfected the entire building. We have also been in regular contact with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, and a meeting with local and school officials has been scheduled for [Wednesday] afternoon.”

Starting Thursday, March 12, the school will transition to its virtual school instructional plan until further notice. All extra-curricular activities and sports are suspended. The SAT administration scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has also been cancelled.

Other school have also cancelled classes, including local universities, as the number of cases in New Jersey rose to 23 Wednesday. Some districts are still holding class but have prepared contingency plans in case the virus continues to spread.

Two new cases in Monmouth County were reported Wednesday during a press conference led by New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.