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Directives from New Jersey Authorities Call for Virtual Graduation


May 9, 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians:

Last evening I received correspondence from the New Jersey Department of Education relative to promotion and graduation ceremonies for the 2019-2020 school year.  The communication says, in part:

On March 16, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 104 (EO 104), implementing aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. Among other directives, Governor Murphy’s Executive Order indefinitely closed all public, private and parochial preschools and elementary and secondary schools to students beginning on March 18, 2020. Executive Order No. 107 (EO 107), signed on March 21, 2020, prohibits gatherings of individuals for parties, celebrations, and other social events, which includes all in-person graduation ceremonies (see also Administrative Order No. 2020-12 from Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, State Director of Emergency Management, signed May 8, 2020). Since the Executive Orders will remain in effect until further notice, only virtual graduation ceremonies can be planned at this time.

In addition, this morning we received communication from Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, State Director of Emergency Management.  The letter states, in part:

“In light of the components of Executive Order No. 107, and in the interest of health and safety of the public, in-person ceremonies, including graduations, all parades, including “wave parades,” that invite people to gather at a certain location, proms and other similar celebrations violate the enumerated conditions of the order, and should therefore be cancelled or postponed until such time as these restrictions are lifted.  Until such time, virtual celebrations and other remote forms of recognition should take the place of any in-person or public ceremonies.”

The district continues to prepare for a virtual graduation ceremony.  If the Executive Orders currently in place are rescinded or modified in a way that would permit the district to provide an in-person graduation ceremony, we are certainly prepared to do so.  At the present time, we intend to comply with the instructions and directives that have been provided by the authorities.

Below are links to copies of the correspondence from the state agencies:

New Jersey Department of Education - COVID-19 Virtual Graduations

Letter from Colonel Patrick Callahan Regarding Graduation, Prom, Wave Parades, etc.

We continue to remain Mustang strong!

Stay well!



René T. Rovtar, Ed.D.
Montville Township Superintendent of Schools

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