MILLBURN, NJ — In her weekly update this past Friday, Superintendent Dr. Christine Burton announced the district’s adapted return to school plan for grades 5-12, beginning on November 9. The plans were adapted based on feedback from parents, staff, and state health professionals.

Washington School

Students on the hybrid plan will attend school in either an AM or PM session.

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If a student is assigned to the AM session, they will attend school in-person from 8:00 am to 10:35 am and attend school virtually from 12:15 pm to 2:50 pm.

If a student is assigned to the PM session, they will attend school virtually from 8:00 am to 10:35 and attend school in-person from 12:15 pm to 2:50 pm.

The session spent in-person will consist of math, reading, and writing. The session spent virtually will consist of live related arts, asynchronous leadership lessons, and asynchronous science/social studies/builder.

Students on the all virtual plan will attend school virtually from 8:00 am to 2:50 pm. Remote students will stream their math, reading, and writing instruction live with students in-person.

The majority of students have been scheduled with their current homeroom teachers. The teachers that will be teaching remotely or taking a leave of absence are still being finalized. Teachers who are teaching remotely will be projected onto a smart board for students in-person and on a Google Meet screen for students at home.

Millburn Middle School and Millburn High School

Students will be divided into AA/BB/CC cohorts. Dr. Burton’s letter provides an example to explain how this would work. “For example, students in Cohort A will go to school on Monday and Tuesday; Cohort B, Wednesday and Thursday; Cohort C, Friday and the following Monday.”

This new plan allows students to more easily move between the hybrid and virtual options. Additionally, each student on the hybrid plan will now be in school every week. In total, each cohort is in school for 10 days between November 9 and December 23.

For students on the hybrid plan in the middle school, periods 1-4 will be completed in-person, then students will go home for lunch and complete periods 5-9 at home. The next day, periods 5-9 will be completed in person and periods 1-4 will be completed at home after the lunch break.

For students on the hybrid plan in the high school, periods 1-4 will be completed in-person, then students will go home for lunch and complete periods 5-8 at home. The next day, periods 5-8 will be completed in person and periods 1-4 will be completed at home after the lunch break.  

For middle and high school students, there is a 1-hour lunch break providing time for students on the hybrid plan to drive home, eat, and prepare for their next set of classes. All classes are now 40 minutes long.

There will no longer be a “virtual Wednesday” day built into the schedule.