Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
October 2020 - the Full Remote Program for Most Students - Some Programs Begin In Person Instruction
We began the 2020-2021 School Year in a Full Remote Program, meaning that all of our teachers began to teach, and all of our students began to learn virtually, through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Synchronous activities, where the teacher and students are all interacting remotely and focusing on the same activity have taken place on Mondays-Thursdays during hours similar to those of a minimum session day. On Fridays, all activities are asynchronous, meaning that students log on to their chromebook or computer for attendance purposes and access activities for that day, which they then complete on their own.
On October 5, 2020 students from some of our specialized programs began in person instruction at Claremont Elementary School, Franklin Park School and Franklin High School, attending classes in those buildings under a minimum session schedule. Additional students, again from specific programs, will be joining them at these locations and at additional elementary school locations later this month. Teachers and support staff have been on hand to welcome our students back to in person instruction and safety procedures, as outlined in the district's Restart Plan have been followed.
In anticipation of the late November return to in person instruction by those students who are not in a specialized program, we have posted updated information on the Hybrid and Fully Remote Program Option. During the weekend of October 9, 2020 a phone call will go home to families asking them to confirm their choice of program for November. Some familes have already chosen a Fully Remote Program Option (FRPO). Those students will continue to learn remotely via both synchronous and asynchronous activities.
The Hybrid Program was assigned to those who did not choose FRPO and will consist of teams of students (a Blue Team and a Gold Team) who will alternate weeks of in person instruction on Mondays-Thursdays, using a minimum session schedule. All students regardless of their program, or team within the Hybrid Program will learn remotely through asynchronous activities on Fridays.
To help our families, our Instructional Technology Department has created a website with resources for families and staff members. Our Instructional Technology Department has also created a form for parents (en Español) to report specific issues or ask a question.
As students return for in person instruction, meals will be provided. Additionally, we will continue to provide meals to those students learning remotely. These meals will be provide in bulk to families in need once a week.
The Restart and Recovery Plan
On August 19, 2020 Superintendent Ravally, on behalf of the district Restart/Reopen Committee, submitted a request to the Somerset Executive County Superintendent of Schools, requesting approval to delay our opening of in-person instruction this fall. Dr. Ravally explained the reasons for this request in a letter to the school community.
The district's Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools was updated to include this request and has been revised to reflect additional guidance from the NJ Department of Education.