From the Echoes-Sentinel

WARREN TWP. – Normalcy can be considered a hum-drum standard, but after two years of a historic pandemic it can also be viewed as a welcome return to the typical routine.

After two and one-half years of working within the bounds of Covid-related restrictions, Watchung Hills Regional High School students and staff are once again operating as they were in the fall of 2019, according to Board of Education President Robert Morrison.

“I know everyone’s been yearning for some sense of normalcy, and I’m glad to report that it has arrived at Watchung Hills,” Morrison said at the Tuesday, Sept. 20 board meeting. “This could not have come at any time sooner for our students, but particularly for our senior class, which is why this year is so important.”

The 2022-23 school year marks the first full-year of normalcy since the class of 2023 entered the high school as freshmen.

“Our senior class has not known a year at Watchung Hills that has not been significantly impacted by Covid. Think about that,” Morrison said.

So far, since the first day of school on Sept. 1, the high school’s opening has “been a success,” according to Morrison.

“While we work to make up for the delays in learning that may have occurred, I want to again thank the administration, our current and prior board members, and our faculty for enabling the Watchung Hills learning community to be open to our students for the past two years while many schools were closed,” he said.