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NOVEMBER 5TH, 2020

In light of a recent school closure within the Cranford Public Schools, the Cranford Public Schools have migrated one school to full virtual learning for a period of 14 days. Concurrently, they have rescinded field and building use permits for any middle school sports. Regretfully this closure is affecting a population of our PAL participants. This closure ends on 11/19/20.

I have communicated with Cranford Public Schools’ Athletics Director Torsone, PAL Program Directors Andrew Hooey and Emily Fuentes as well as executive board members of the Cranford PAL. For the aforementioned reasons, especially for the safety of our kids, effective immediately, all practices, games, meetings or activities involving PAL tackle football or cheerleading are CANCELLED until 11/19/20. I understand the frustration and disappointment that this may cause, but in light of us experiencing an unprecedented closure and not having the right to use facilities required to have PAL activities, we can’t in good conscience have an extra curricular program while schooling is not actively and physically underway. Simply put, it defeats the purpose of requiring a self quarantine to safeguard our kids if we were to continue programming. As we have said from the beginning, this is a community effort and we are all in decision making together. This is in the spirit of that charge. 

On July 20th, 2020, the PAL put out an email to the community advising of our status for the Fall 2020 season.  In one of the final paragraphs of the message, it stated, “Lastly, when our children are returning to school in a modified format, the PAL must closely monitor any changes to the schools’ scheduling in response to COVID-19 and mirror their response.  We are collectively the Cranford Community, and our kids are our kids – whether in a school or on a field.  If schools close due to a concern about the safety of our children, our season closes at that same moment for that same reason.”

On the website, our COVID-19 link covers season closures as a real possibility.  If you’d like to review that as well, here is the link:  https://www.cranfordpal.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1339662

Today’s email dated November 5th, 2020 from the superintendent of schools stated the following:  “Additionally, please be further advised that, based on guidance from the Township Health Department, Hillside Avenue School will transition to full remote learning for 14 days.  Full remote learning will start on Monday, November 9, and will conclude on Wednesday, November 18.  In-person instruction will resume again at Hillside Avenue School on Thursday, November 19.  The Health Department based its decision for HAS to temporarily transition to full remote learning on the following: this is the third case within the last 5 days at HAS, Union County cases are on the rise, and we are in a moderate zone according to the regional COVID-19 activity level matrix.”

Athletic Director Darren Torsone reach out to the PAL, Cranford Baseball and Softball League, Cranford Soccer Club and Cranford Recreation and Parks and advised the following in an email dated today, November 5th, 2020:  “Due to recent positive COVID-19 cases, we are cancelling all K-8 activities scheduled until 11/19.   In an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus, all field use permits have been rescinded during this time.  Working together as a community, limiting contact, and practicing healthy behaviors will assist us in getting our students back to school safely.  Thank you for your continued cooperation as we continue to work closely with and follow all recommendations made by our Township Health Officer.”

Please refer to the emailed correspondence sent out by the superintendents office today if you have any questions about the closure of schools. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Respectfully,

D/Lt. Matt Nazzaro
PAL Executive Director

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