BELMAR, NJ — It’s back to the classroom five half-days a week for Belmar Elementary School students who started the school year under its hybrid learning plan.

The change to full in-person instruction starting this week comes after some 332 students — prekindergarten through eighth grade — have been attending classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for the past two weeks. They will now be coming to school on Wednesdays, beginning October 14, which had been reserved for virtual instruction. Arrival and dismissal times will continue to be staggered from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., depending on grade level.

It’s the latest step in the school’s comprehensive Restart and Recovery Plan, which kicked off on September 9 with hybrid-learning students attending in-person classes twice a week and learning remotely three times a week.

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The remaining 128 full-remote students will continue learning from home until November 12, which marks the end of the first marking period. At that point, they will be given the option to return to the classroom, school officials said.  

Some 70 percent of the prekindergarten through eighth-grade student body opted for its hybrid learning plan since the 2020-2021 began. Click here for the entire BES Restart and Recovery Plan. For more information, email the school district at

In other BES news:

  • A final decision on whether to hold a modified Halloween parade at the school has yet to be made.
  • While the school will be closed for classes on Election Day, November 3, all students will be required to participate in remote instruction on that day. Although BES is not a polling place, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all New Jersey schools closed for in-person learning on Election Day.
  • BES will be closed on November 5 and 6 so that teachers can participated in the New Jersey Education Association’s annual conference.
  • School will also be closed on November 20 for parent conferences, which will be conducted virtually, and on November 26 and November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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