ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Back to school is going to be a lot different for Robbinsville students this year under the "Roadmap Back to School" announced on Friday by Robbinsville Township School District Superintendent Brian Betze.
According to a letter from Betze to the community announcing the plan, the District's administrative team and stakeholders have been working on a plan to open school in September but recognized that "things are changing seemingly by the day, so flexibility is key as we prepared for the upcoming school year."
Betze wrote that "no plan is perfect" but four key tenets were followed in creating the "Roadmap Back to School": Health and Safety of Students and Staff; Most Vulnerable Students Take Precedence; Consideration of Childcare and Supervision; and Instructional Practices
The Plan, which will be presented to the Robbinsville Board of Education on July 28, includes several general features:
- All days will be early dismissal days with time allowed in between each school bus run to allow for them to be disinfected;
- Bringing the entire student body, split in half with families kept together, back at a set schedule each week during which one half of the teaching in-person and the other half working remotely;
- Each classroom will be equipped with a safety kit, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, etc;
- Masks and hand sanitizer will be added to supply lists for all students in September;
- Parents and staff will be required to complete a daily short health screening checklist on each of their children and send it electronically back to the district.
- In early August, parents will be asked, via a survey, to decide on a few items including the need for district transportation and sending students back in September.
Betze said he will be sharing the draft plan to the Board of Education and other staff members in order to gauge their perspectives and thoughts on matters including attendance process, instructional schedules, and detailed highlights of the plan.This timeframe will provide staff a full month to put into place the details of the plan and parents to prepare their children for the opening of school on September 8.
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