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Elementary Schools to Begin 4-Day In Person Schedule March 1

February 22, 2021

Dear Parents and Students, 

At our recent Board meeting, there was a discussion on the proposed plan to provide the option of in-person instruction on a four day basis.  We have been reviewing the data collected from the parent survey and, based on this data, we will be able to move forward at the elementary level.  This week we will be reviewing our classroom set up with the teachers to make the appropriate adjustments to provide for the additional students attending in each classroom.  

Therefore, on Monday, March 1, all elementary schools will offer in-person instruction for students who chose that option.  This does not affect students who are currently on a five day instructional day schedule such as our pre-school and kindergarten students.  Wednesday will continue to be a remote day for all students not on a five day schedule.  Your child’s teacher will have the updated class list as per the survey requests and we will verify this information with parents before the end of the week. 

We will continue to consider the NJ Department of Education and Ocean County Health Department guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.  With the additional students in each classroom, there may be situations where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.  Student desk dividers, which provide additional protection for both students and staff, will be available.  These classrooms will be identified during the week of February 22, in preparation for the March 1 opening at the elementary schools.  It is also critical for students to continue to follow the proper guidelines on the wearing of masks. 

Elementary parents will receive additional information on the lunch procedures as well as specific information on transportation.  We are finalizing our bus assignments to include transportation for additional students on the bus.  As per the direction of the NJ Department of Education, students are required to wear masks on the buses and we will provide social distancing on our buses to the maximum extent practicable.  If parents are considering providing their own transportation for their children, we would ask that you communicate this information to either the building administration or the transportation department.  

I will continue to provide updated information on the website, so please check daily for any new information during this week.  We are also planning to allow our Middle School students and High School students to have the option of a four day schedule at a later date.  We will keep you updated on this progress.  

Lastly, if you have any specific questions or concerns as we work towards our four day schedule with the elementary schools, you may contact the building administration or use the parentinput@mtschools.org email.  

We all know the importance of students returning to school safely but our staff will continue to provide instruction to students both remotely and in school.  They have done an outstanding job in this regard.  I also want to thank both staff and parents for their cooperation as we hopefully begin to find our way out of this difficult situation.  

Respectfully,

David Trethaway, Superintendent of Schools

Read our FAQs about the 4-Day Plan

Update from Mr. Trethaway 2-26-2021