FRANKLIN, NJ – Hundreds of Franklin Township Public School students can now, for the first time in 13 months, receive in-person instruction four days a week, every week. 

Last month, Superintendent Dr. John Ravally announced that, based on the results of a survey sent to parents/caregivers, the majority of those 'attending school in-person would like to attend more frequently.' 

To meet the need, all in-person learners were combined into one in-person group – the Purple Cohort – and, as of April 19, will attend school Monday through Thursday on a weekly basis. While this new cohort combines all in-person hybrid students previously divided amongst the Blue, Green, and Gold cohorts, it does neither eliminates the virtual asynchronous learning taking place district-wide on Fridays for all students nor the Full Remote Program Option (FRPO) for those wishing to remain virtual. 

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"We are happy to see those students, whose families are comfortable allowing them to return to the building for in-person learning, return," said Ravally.

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According to district officials, an additional 480 students came back for in-person instruction this week. As of press time, 2,645 students – or approximately 38 percent of the student population – has elected to receive in-person instruction with 4,357 students – or approximately 62 percent of the student population – remaining remote. Prior, 2,165 students – or approximately 31 percent of the student population - were part of the in-person hybrid program while 4,816 – or just under 70 percent – were taking part in the remote program. 

"We recognize that for some, the remote environment remains a viable alternative, and we appreciate the hard work of our families and faculty who continue to make the remote environment a good option," said the superintendent, adding, "We also understand the need of providing a safe and more traditional in-person learning environment that gives students the opportunity to interact and socialize while learning."

School officials tell TAPinto that 'accommodating the increase in student population for in person instruction went smoothly' and 'district schools continue to utilize the safety protocols outlined in the FTPS Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools."

"We thank our faculty, support staff and families who have worked together to ready our facilities for the new hybrid model that was introduced on Monday," said Ravally. "We continue to stay informed and continue to work closely with local health authorities to be sure we maintain a safe, healthy environment for all."

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