HAMILTON and ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Hamilton and Robbinsville School Districts are reassessing their plans for the 2020-2021 school year following Governor Phil Murphy's announcement on Wednesday that allows for schools to reopen in person or move to an all virtual/remote learning platform.
Hamilton Township School District announced in July a hybrid model that would break the school body into thirds with a mix of in-person, full-day school attendance only a few days per week and remote learning on the others.
In a letter to school community Wednesday, Hamilton Township School Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco said the "premature and overly-aggressive reopening has proven to be risky at its best and the source of widespread transmission in many areas at its worst. Our district will not waiver on our focus to open safely with our health protocols in place and all of the supplies and equipment in our possession."
"Our efforts and desire continue to be in person with our students," added Rocco. "Our hybrid plan is designed to reduce school capacity and potential exposure while providing in-person instruction to a percentage of students each day, while those that are not in school, learn in a remote manner."
Similarly, Robbinsville Township School District also plans a hybrid model but in a different format where the students would attend in-person five days per week but for only partial days.
Brian Betze, Superintendent of the Robbinsville School District told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that many local families already were looking to have their children learn remotely at the beginning of the school year. He said that "50 percent of our elementary and middle school parents have selected 100 percent remote while 30 percent of high school has chosen this option."
"Even though I believe our plan is very safe and addresses many variables, we are currently evaluating everything with staff, parents and administration. I anticipate an update on where we stand, either changing the plan or staying the course, in the next few days," said Betze.
Rocco has directed his leadership team to evaluate plans to open safely on September 8 under the hybrid model. He's also asked the Hamilton Township Board of Education to meet at 10:00 am on Saturday morning to "render a decision on the start of the school year based on the Governor’s latest guidance."
Stay tuned to TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville for updates on the 2020-2021 school year plans.
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