• Washington Township Public Schools COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions


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    Q: Why have we not canceled all non-essential extracurricular events?

    As of Saturday, March 14, 2020, all non-essential school events have been cancelled. 

    Q: What is the status of the Washington Township High School Musical this weekend?

    The Washington Township High School musical performance of "A Chorus Line" scheduled for tonight, Friday, March 13, 2020, will be the last performance of the weekend. There have been 250 pre-sale tickets sold, and there will be no further ticket sales. In addition, the two scheduled performances on Saturday, March 14th, have been cancelled. Pre-sale tickets for those shows will be refunded. For information on refunds, please contact Shannon Molloy at smolloy@wtps.org.

    Q: What is the status of the March 13 March Madness event at Chestnut Ridge Middle School?

    March Madness has been postponed due to anticipated low attendance.

    Q: What is the status of the Junior Prom, which was scheduled for Friday, March 20th?

    Junior Prom has been rescheduled for Friday, May 8, 2020. The time and location remains the same – the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill starting at 7 p.m. Any student who bought tickets for the original date and cannot attend on May 8th can receive a refund by contacting Carol Costello at ccostello@wtps.org.

    Q: Are there plans to postpone or cancel the elementary instrumental music concerts scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (March 16-18) next week? If I decide to hold my child out, will he/she be penalized by their teacher?

    As of Saturday, March 14, 2020, all non-essential school events have been cancelled. 

    Q: What is the purpose of the technology survey that was emailed to families?

    The District requested that all families complete the District Technology Readiness Survey by the end of the day Friday, March 13th. If schools are forced to close for an extended period due to COVID-19, we are preparing to introduce remote learning. The survey will help us gauge what students’ technology capabilities are at home so that we can ensure all students have access to their learning resources.  If we are able to conduct remote learning effectively, we will be able to count these days towards the State’s 180-school-day requirement and not extend the school calendar.

    Q: Is the Ombudsman school being sanitized like the other schools?

    Yes, regular cleaning is completed by a cleaning company that services that building, but additional disinfection and cleaning protocols are being implemented by the staff.

    Q: Since Disney World is now closed through the end of March, what is the plan with the Senior Trip? Can I be refunded my money?

    The high school administration is currently exploring the possibility of rescheduling the Senior Trip for later in the school year. Senior class advisors and administration are working together to find solutions. WTHS Executive Principal, Jonathan Strout, will communicate further information, including details on refunds if applicable, as quickly as possible.

    Q: What is the status of Washington Township Park and Recreation activities?

    All WTPR sports programs have been suspended until further notice. No resume dates have been set, but the hope is that all season still will be played, if possible.

    Q: If schools close, how will I know what my child’s assignments are?

    Parents and/or students (grade appropriate) will be emailed their instructional assignments and necessary resources by their teacher(s).  The email will explain the instructional expectations and directions for the assignments.

    Q: Do students have to log in by a certain time each morning during remote learning for attendance purposes?

    A: No, students are not required to log in at a certain time.  Students are only required to complete the assignments and activities within the timeline that the teacher has outlined.