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Cherry Hill schools will be all-remote when classes begin next week because of staff requests, the district announced Tuesday. 

“We understand these new challenges are not easy for any of us and that this decision is going to cause frustration and anger for many,” according to a letter from the district. The letter is signed by Superintendent Joseph Meloche, board President Lisa Saidel and Vice President Laurie Neary.

“This past weekend, we received letters from Cherry Hill Education Association groups at all of our 19 schools. While the letters varied with requests specific to each building, there was overwhelming clarity in the primary message: Our staff’s request to delay the opening of the school year to allow for more preparation to teach in the hybrid model and to open on a remote-only schedule to allow for greater mitigation of their concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus,” according to the letter.

From school opening on September 8 through November 4, classes will be taught remotely only. The schools were also offering a hybrid model but that is off for now. The district also will not offer its child care program.

“We regret to inform you that we will be unable to staff our School Aged Child Care (SACC) program for the duration of the remote-only learning period, through November 9,” the letter noted.