Superintendent's Message



Dear Midland Park Families, Staff, and Community Partners,

There has been a significant change in restrictions governing indoor sports in our schools; please review the following information:

On December 31st, Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced Administrative Order 2020-25, which clarifies that indoor sports practices and competitions are subject to current indoor gathering limits, which was most recently set at 10 persons. However, a practice or competition can proceed with more than 10 persons if individuals who are not necessary for the activity, such as spectators, are not present.  The total number of individuals still may not exceed 25 percent of the capacity of the room in which the practice or competitions takes place, and such limit may not exceed 150 persons.  The order further clarifies that the restrictions on interstate youth sports competitions in Executive Order No. 194 (2020) also apply to youth sports competitions conducted outdoors.  The order took effect on January 2, 2021, when the prohibition on indoor sports practices and competitions in Executive Order No. 204 (2020) sunsets. 

As we move ahead into 2021, we look for rapid implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program, one which allow most of us to obtain this important safety measure as soon as possible.  The state website indicates the following, “New Jersey will roll out COVID-19 vaccines step-by-step to serve all adults who live, work, or are being educated in the state. While the State's current plan is highlighted below, the plan will continually be updated in response to the changing circumstances of the pandemic.  The state's goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population – or 4.7 million adults – within six months.  New Jersey's COVID-19 vaccination program aims to provide equitable access to all who live, work, and/or are educated in New Jersey; achieve community protection, assuming vaccine effectiveness, availability, and uptake; and build sustainable trust in COVID-19 and other vaccines.”  More information may be found on the state’s COVID-19 Information Hub easily accessed through any search engine. 

On behalf of all in our district, please accept my best wishes for a safe and healthy New Year! 


Dr. Marie Cirasella

Marie C. Cirasella, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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