BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School students will not be returning to the classroom for at least the next two weeks.
“After careful and thoughtful consideration regarding the current situation with COVID-19,” School Superintendent David Hallman has notified parents that home instruction will officially begin on Tuesday, March 17 and last through Friday, March 27.
Students were already informed on Friday that the school would be closed on Monday, 16 as faculty members prepared for home instruction learning. That announcement came shortly after Gov. Phil Murphy said at a press conference that a prolonged statewide closure of all schools would most likely occur as part of an all-encompassing plan to stop the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey.
In Hallman's letter to parents dated today, March 15, he wrote, “We will continually monitor and evaluate the length of facility closures while following guidelines provided by our public health officials. Rest assured, we will do what is best for the BES community and the students we serve. Our staff members are committed to the students of our district and do not take our responsibilities lightly.
"We will do our best to make this time as smooth as possible, but please also be cognizant that this is uncharted territory for all of our staff and students," he continued. "If at any time during this closure you have concerns, questions, etc., please reach out directly to your child’s teacher or our administrators."
Under Belmar Elementary School's home instruction plan:
- All directions for home instruction learning plans will be posted online, in addition to being included in packets that were sent home on Friday with students in preparation for a school closure. Students who were absent from school or unable to pick up their home instruction packets on Friday can come to the school between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday.
- Students receiving specialized services, such as speech, occupational or physical therapy, will not receive services until school re-opens due to legal requirements, and every effort will be made to provide make-up sessions.
- Students who are provided lunch at no cost or a reduced cost will be contacted on where meals will be available, if needed during the home instruction period.
- Chromebooks for home instruction will be provided to students who do not have access to a computer at home.
All correspondence regarding the coronavirus can be found on the BES website under “About Our School,” where there is a link titled “Health Updates.”
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