ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury Schools Administrator Loretta Radulic will decide by this Friday how teaching will proceed starting Nov. 16, the start of the district’s second phase of in-classroom instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the Roxbury School Board, Radulic said she is weighing two options, labeled as “Choice A” and “Choice B.” She said parents will have six days after she makes her decision to tell the district whether they will participate in the chosen in-school route or keep their children home for full virtual instruction.

Under Choice A, as outlined by the superintendent, Roxbury schools will open at full-capacity on Tuesday through Friday for 4-hour-long days. Mondays will continue to be fully virtual.

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Under Choice B, the schools will be open at 50 percent capacity for full-length days Tuesday through Friday with student attendance staggered via “Blue/Gold Days.” Mondays will continue to be fully virtual, Radulic said.

She said lunches would be served only under Choice B.

The superintendent said she had hoped to decide by now, but postponed her choice after meeting with staff and finding out that teachers, asked their preference between the two options, were almost evenly divided.

“I want to give a little more opportunity for the administrators to get together and review the two options,” Radulic told the board. She said there are pros and cons to both options.

“Listening to the staff and administration, on Friday, really gave me pause. I needed more time. I plan on taking that time this week and I’m hoping to have a decision by Friday.”

One thing agreed upon by almost everyone was that – while COVID-19 cases in Roxbury remain few – it’s still too soon to discuss returning to normal, Radulic said.

“We kind of all agreed we might not quite be ready for that full, typical, traditional day yet,” she said. “We would like to have a transitional period to that.”

She also said she is keeping an open mind about possibly eliminating “Virtual Mondays” altogether and going to five 4-hour days in school - something most likely to be first tried at the high school – and increasing the use of live-streamed teaching.

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