The Mount Laurel Leaflet

January 8, 2021

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Happy New Year 2021!

The 2021 school year has such great promise and we look forward to reduced rates of COVID 19 and soon to be distributed vaccinations. However, rates will not come down because we wish them to, we must all do our part by following NJ Department of Health and CDC safety guidelines. Also, until vaccinations are available we all must continue to socially distance, wear our masks, wash our hands frequently, and carefully follow all the protocols in our community and schools.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 we are scheduled to return to in-person instruction. This newsletter includes some helpful guidelines and resources for your convenience.

Mount Laurel Board of Education News - New Members Sworn into Office

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7 PM, the Mount Laurel Board of Education's annual reorganization meeting was livestreamed. Mr. Anthony Ruttler was nominated and approved as President, and Ms. Melissa DeClementi as Vice President.

Prior to the meeting, new board members, Michael Magee and Susan Fortuna, and incumbent member, Christine Dickson were sworn into office at the Hattie Britt BOE Building where safety measures were followed.

Our members of the Board of Education are listed on our district website here.

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time when we acknowledge the contributions made by our local school board members. Our schools are ranked as among the Nation's best in many key indicators of achievement. We are grateful for the support of all our local board of education members and the time they dedicate to our students, staff, and community.

COVID 19 Guidance for Families to Follow

Please review and follow the guidelines provided, in preparation for in-person instruction we must all remain vigilant during remote learning:

Contact your School Nurse

Parents must continue to contact your school nurse during remote learning if your child should come into close contact with a positive case of COVID 19 or if they test positive.

Daily Health Screener

All families should continue to use the Daily Health Screener each day to monitor your child's symptoms during remote learning. This will continue when we return to school. Stay in the habit of using the screener to help identify and address symptoms early should they occur.

NJDOH Requirements for School - COVID like symptoms and children

NJ continues to experience COVID-19 transmission among school-aged children. In children, signs and symptoms are often mild, and can be indistinguishable from COVID-19 and other illnesses. Therefore the NJDOH recommends that any child with COVID-19 compatible symptoms not return to school unless they have either received a negative viral test or isolated for a period of 10 days and without fever for a period of 24 hours. Please be aware our schools will be following these measures.

The School District Adheres to the Following Quarantining Time Frames

  • According to the NJDOH, if a person comes into close contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19, then they must quarantine for 14 days. A close contact is someone who is within 6 ft of another for a duration of at least 15 minutes.
  • Travel Advisor- when traveling out of state a 10 day quarantine upon return, unless one receives a negative test result after 3-5 days after returning from trip.

Testing Site - Rowan College at the Burlington County Mount Laurel Campus

If you are seeking a free and easy way to get tested, the Burlington County Health Department is providing walk up COVID 19 testing three days per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 AM to 4 PM in the college's Student Success Center on Route 38.

Other testing Sites can be found by using the NJDOH weblink How to Get Tested for COVID 19.

Meal Distribution & Contactless Pick-Up

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conjunction with the State of New Jersey has elected to allow FREE MEALS to all students 18 and under through June 18, 2021.

Meal Distribution is Monday & Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at your designated school, and Monday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hartford School. More information can be found here.

Please wear a mask during meal pick-up.

When arriving for meal pick up, please have your child's meal selections ready to hand to our food service personnel and either pop open your trunk or lower your rear or passenger-side window to allow food service personnel to place your food inside your vehicle without contact. We appreciate your continued support in helping us keep you and our staff safe.

Families wishing to apply for Free & Reduced Meals should still fill out and return

the application to the Business Office at 330 Mount Laurel Road or email forms to

Dates to Remember

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Monday, January 18, 2021 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Schools Closed.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - In-person Instruction scheduled to resume.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - Regular Board of Education Meeting.

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