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March 4, 2021
Phase IV Implementation Updates
Dear Mount Laurel Families:
Yesterday, we notified all in-person Kindergarten through Second grade parents that their children will be returning to five days of in-person instruction effective Monday, March 15, 2021.  These students are now in Cohort C. Parents of Cohort D students will continue to remain in the full-time remote learning platform.
Additionally, effective March 17, Wednesdays will now be in-person instructional days for students, beginning with Cohort A, then rotating the following week with Cohort B as per the School Calendar.  Cohort D students at all grade levels will continue to receive live (synchronous) instruction remotely daily.
As we move forward with Phase IV of the district's plans, I want to inform you of a number of steps I have taken to advocate for more in-person schooling for our students.  However, at the same time we recognize the need for a Cohort D full-time remote option for our families.
Last week, I communicated with Senator Troy Singleton’s office.  Senator Singleton recently sent a letter voicing our concerns to the Governor, asking him for support and updated metrics from our state and health officials. Unless the conditions and requirements for providing in-person schooling during this health emergency are re-examined, our plans will only take us so far.  
On Monday, March 1, I and other Superintendents met with the Office of Outreach from Governor Murphy’s office. We had an opportunity to provide feedback on what will help us open our schools more fully with the goal of returning to normal.  We believe we were heard, as most recently noted the Governor prioritized educators for vaccinations.
We need updated health and safety mitigation metrics that will allow us to move forward based on local conditions and risk levels as we rely upon them to operate our schools safely.
I want you to know that we are doing all that we can to get our students back to school full time safely. That is our goal. All the steps we are taking lead us in that direction.
We have created a Frequently Asked Questions document for your reference to help clear up any confusion and answer questions. This document will be updated weekly, so please take an opportunity to read and review the document.

Dr. George J. Rafferty
Superintendent of Schools
A Chronology of Communications
to School Families during the COVID-19 Crisis
from Superintendent Dr. George J. Rafferty
March 4, 2021
February 19, 2021
January 14, 2021
January 7, 2021
December 23, 2020
December 14, 2020
December 4, 2020
December 1, 2020
October 23, 2020
(Letter to Parents from Christina Fletcher)
October 22, 2020
October 21, 2020
October 8, 2020
September 10, 2020
September 02, 2020
August 24, 2020
August 19, 2020
July 30, 2020
July 29, 2020
July 28, 2020
July 27, 2020
July 24, 2020
July 3, 2020
May 15, 2020
May 4, 2020
Governor's Extension of School Closure
April 16, 2020
April 6, 2020
March 27, 2020
March 19, 2020
March 16, 2020
March 16, 2020
March 16, 2020
March 14, 2020
March 13, 2020
 Parent Letters Regarding Special Services During Closure
Dr. Willard and Superintendent Dr. Rafferty discuss and present their considerations for ensuring
the delivery of special education and related services to students with disabilities.