Neighborhood House Families:

As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the state, Neighborhood House is taking necessary and precautionary steps to respond to this ever-changing situation.

As I am sure you are aware, news surrounding COVID-19 has been dominating the media and changing from hour to hour. While we monitor this evolving situation, we will stay closed temporarily to ensure we are being as safe as possible for our children and community. We are working hand in hand with the police and health department to stay up to date on the progression of the virus, and we will keep you updated.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our Neighborhood House family, staff, and our community. Social distancing and staying home are 2 key ingredients and we all must do our part.

Governor Murphy has made the decision to physically close schools for the remainder of the year. Our school is closed until at least September. However, virtual homeschooling will continue.

Please know that our teachers and staff are working hard to provide remote learning opportunities, and your children are meeting this challenge. We’d like to thank our dedicated teachers who have stepped up to this challenge while juggling their own family responsibilities. We would also like to thank our parents who are taking charge of their children’s education through this unprecedented time. Parents please do not hesitate to reach out to our family workers and teaching staff for support with e-learning. Please let us know if you are experiencing any challenges.

Additionally, we are delivering food to some of our families that are in need of support. Once a week, Neighborhood House is distributing food bags to parents who are challenged with getting to the store or to the food distribution locations around town. Family workers, the nurse, and intake coordinators are reaching out to families and assessing their needs.

Lastly, kindergarten registration will resume once school reopens.

We will keep you updated on school matters, but the CDC, NJDOH, and NJ state websites can provide you with up-to-date guidance from credible sources.

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“Alone we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Be healthy and safe!