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Parent Letter: In Person/Remote Only Survey and Nov. Vacation Travel Advisory

October 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

We have received many questions regarding the possibility of transitioning our schools to accommodate more in-person instruction on a four or five day basis. The goal of our district has always been to provide more opportunities for our students and parents who choose in-person instruction while maintaining health and safety guidelines.  At this time we have prioritized students in Pre-K and Kindergarten as well as special needs and ESL students and they have been able to attend on a four or five day basis.  We are continuing to work on requests from parents of special needs students to provide a four day schedule.  We are also working on class lists to determine when we will be able to begin to transition all of our students who wish to receive in-person instruction on a four or five day schedule.  The remote only option will still be available.  

In order to accomplish this and ensure that we continue to meet the safety and health guidelines, we will be sending out a brief survey to determine the number of students who wish to continue to receive instruction on a remote only basis and the number of students who wish to attend on the four or five day a week schedule instead of our current hybrid model.  The important part of the survey is that these decisions must remain in effect for the entire second marking period which is February 3, 2021.  We will be sending this survey out through the parent portal system shortly and I am asking all parents to complete the survey as soon as possible in order for us to make the correct decisions based on parent choices.  

When we finalize the results of the surveys, we will be making an announcement of the specifics of our transition for allowing more students to receive in-person instruction on a four or five day basis.  Our decisions will continue to be made based on the health and safety of all of our students and staff.    

Whether you chose remote only or in-person instruction, it is important to mention that we respect each parent’s decision and we will do everything possible to ensure that the education and instruction your child receives is fair and equitable, regardless of your decision. 

Another important issue that is approaching is the situation arising from the week of November 2-6.  The school district is closed and there will be no instruction during that week.  If families are planning to travel to another state during this time, they need to be fully aware of the travel advisory issued by the state of New Jersey.  There are several states that are on the New Jersey travel advisory list.   Any person who travels to any of the states on the advisory list is advised to quarantine for 14 days.  As stated in the advisory: The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. 

For further information on the travel advisory please refer to the website: 
Which states are on the travel advisory list? Are there travel restrictions to or from New Jersey?

If you have any further questions, please contact your child’s Principal.  

Thank you for your cooperation and patience.  I am very proud of the way that our parents, students and staff have responded in some very challenging times.  

Respectfully,

David Trethaway
Superintendent of Schools