ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- In respective letters to the community on Thursday, the Robbinsville Public Schools Superintendent Brian Betze and Board of Education reiterated their commitment to safe and healthy schools as they plan to move forward with the proposed "hybrid model" for reopening schools.
As of Thursday, Betze noted, the "daily infection rate of transmission was .92 which places our state in the yellow stage, the second safest level. These metrics, along with our strict protocols including daily screenings of staff and students, ongoing cleaning and sanitizing, mandated face coverings, upgrading of ventilation filters, and a host of others indicate we are safe and will not be deviating from our original plan."
Betze noted that the District is closely monitoring the plans of neighboring school districts since their plans may impact the staffing levels at Robbinsville Schools.
"If other neighboring districts decide to go fully remote, our ability to adequately staff our schools will be greatly impacted by staff living in those districts needing to take childcare leaves. This has the potential to force us to also go 100% remote," Betze added. "Our teachers want to be back with their students as long as our schools are safe. "
The school chief also announced several important dates and events that will take place leading up to the planned September 8 reopening date, includeing virtual informational meetings for Sharon Elementary School on August 24; Pond Middle School on August 26; and Robbinsville High School on August 27. Log-in information for these virtual meetings that will begin at 7:00 pm is forthcoming. These sessions will provide more clarity on the students's “day in the life” at each school such as schedules, home room teachers, and more.
- Cohorts will be designated -- R’Ville or Strong -- for the hybrid model and will be communicated to parents early next week for all K-8 students. Designated cohort assignments for the hybrid model for the high school students will be distributed during the week of August 24. School counselors will need to work through schedule changes prior to cohort assignments.
- High School student schedules will be live on August 17. An email with detailed information will be sent on August 14 from the counseling department.
- All staff coming into Robbinsville schools will be completing the “COVID Entrance Survey” beginning on August 17th.
- All parents will be required to complete a “COVID Student Entrance Survey” each day your child(ren) come to school. Directions will be provided before the start of the school year on how to access this survey via the Genesis Parent Portal.
In a letter signed by the entire Robbinsville Township BOE -- Scott Veisz, president; Craig Heilman, vice-president; Shaina Ciaccio, Sharon Devito, Christopher Emigholz, Vito Galluccio, Jane Luciano, Lisa Temple, and Rich Young -- told the community that when it comes to schools reopening "We know none of this is easy. These are difficult decisions"
The Board expressed their support for "Betze’s decision to move forward with a hybrid-approach to opening schools. This is the plan that was presented to our community a couple of weeks ago. While it’s still a work in progress, we universally believe it’s headed in the right direction. "
The BOE also stressed the importance of schools in the lives of children.
"Schools do more than educate. They provide safe places for children to go, facilitate relationships with others for their socio-emotional health, and provide a sense of community. They provide a variety of speech, physical and occupational therapy options for those who need it. They also offer meals to children who don’t have enough food in their homes," wrote the BOE members.
Both Betze and the BOE assured the community that they are closely monitoring any COVID-19 related developments daily and will keep the public informed.
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