March 10, 2020


Recently, the media has highlighted concerns facing schools as cases of COVID-19 have been been found to be present in New Jersey. As of yesterday, Governor Murphy declared a State of Emergency in order to allow state agencies and departments to utilize state resources.

Please know that schools throughout the state have been working on internal school related plans with their Executive County Superintendents and the NJDOE to address this issue. Since we work with children, and in SWSD - only elementary aged children, there are a lot of factors that must be considered.

Please be aware that the District does not plan to close unless directed to do so by the New Jersey Department of Health. The District is following the guidance of the NJ Department of Health. SWSD is not cancelling specific classes such as Physical Education unless directed to do so by the NJ Department of Health.

At this time, there are no immediate plans to cancel or restrict school and/or social events. In the event that the District needs to take additional precautions, we will work with the New Jersey Department of Health and communicate our needs/changes with you.


In the event that the NJDOH directs the Swedesboro-Woolwich School District to close, we will not be exempt from meeting the legally required 180 student school days. In an effort to ensure that we will still be able to provide our students with 180 days of quality instruction, the following procedures will be put into place:

1. Student days will be captured during: spring break, May In-Service (5/22/20), and any necessary remaining days in June 2020. We are fortunate that we have built-in calendar days for emergency situations such as these.

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2. In the event that the District requires even more student school day "make-up time," we will be working with our Executive County Superintendent and the SWEA (our local association) to ensure that all days are made up within legal parameters.

More information will be shared with the community next week.


Since this is flu season, the District regularly increases our cleaning protocols. In light of the concerns regarding COVID-19, the District has scheduled additional meetings with our cleaning company. In addition, our maintenance department assists in the efforts during the school day.

For your information, our daily cleaning specifications include:

1. Clean and disinfect all drinking fountains, classroom counter-tops and sinks, doorknobs, flat surfaces, including desktops.

2. Student desks/tables and chairs to be wiped/disinfected everyday.

3. Clean and sanitize lavatory: walls, floors, and all fixtures.

4. Kitchens and Nurse’s office areas, floors to be washed with germicidal detergent.

5. Health/Nurse office counter-tops, sinks, beds, chairs, etc., are to be cleaned with a germicidal cleaner.

6. Clean tables in staff lounges.


All of our bathrooms are in working order. Recently, you may have become aware that there were some issues with several bathrooms at the Walter Hill School; however, those issues have been resolved.


The District does have policies that govern the District's protocol regarding communicable diseases: #8451 Control of Communicable Diseases and #2412 Home Instruction Due to Health Condition.


Attached below are some great pictures that are being used in some of our classrooms with our younger aged students to remind them about the important steps of hand-washing. Feel free to use these at home, too!


Since Feb. 4th, New Jersey has established a Coronavirus Task Force.

Right now, COVID-19 is considered a "LOW" health risk to society, but New Jersey is preparing in the event that a state response is needed. COVID-19 is most dangerous to older adults with underlying health conditions. COVID-19 can be spread person to person (within 6 feet) through droplets such as: coughing and sneezing.

The best course of action to prevent the spread of disease:

- Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing.

- Use alcohol‐based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

- Stay home from class and work if you are sick.

- Contact your healthcare provider for advice if you are not feeling well.

- Avoid people who are sick.

- Get a flu shot. It’s not too late to be protected.

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

- Adhere to exclusion recommendations from public health: fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

Please keep in mind that we are still in the middle of flu season.

The CDC is NOT recommending that individuals stock up on face masks. They recommend that you only use a face mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. It is also important to ensure that you are getting your information from reliable sources (ie. CDC website).


By visiting the NJDOH website, you can find accurate information related to our state: including confirmed cases, number of individuals tested (positive and negative), number of tests in process, etc.

NJDOH Hotline for Questions/Concerns: 1-800-222-1222 and website. The NJDOH Novel

Coronavirus Call Center is open and is taking calls from the general public. It is open 24/7 and can accommodate callers in multiple languages.

Dr. Kristin P. O'Neil


Swedesboro-Woolwich School District

15 Fredrick Boulevard

Woolwich, NJ 08085

(856) 241-1552

The Swedesboro-Woolwich School District:

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