WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Wood-Ridge School District is still "on schedule" to open for the upcoming school year, according to a statement made by the superintendent during Monday night's Board of Education meeting.
Nicholas Cipriano made the announcement as part of his Superintendent's Report during the online meeting, where upwards of 250 people were in attendance.
"To date, we're on schedule so far with re-opening on September 8 for our students," Cipriano said. "We're still waiting for some supplies to come in. Our classrooms are being set up as we speak."
"Things could change day by day," he said. "But as of now, we're scheduled to open on September 8...contingent on any state mandates, county mandates, any changes coming down from the power that be."
He reminded parents that if there is any change from their class choice, whether all remote or hybrid attendance, they need to contact their child's building principal. Parents have until October 15 to switch their selection for the fall. They will have until February 3 to make another change, and then at the end of the marking period, according to Cipriano.
Monday night was the date for teachers to let the district know "if there is any delay in their returns" according to Cipriano.
The overwhelming majority of the Hearing of Citizens was devoted to the hybrid re-opening plan. District administrators answered parents' questions including Cipriano, Catherine Doyle School principal Anthony Albro, Intermediate School principal Keith Lisa, Junior/Senior High School principal Joesph Sutera, and Board president Albie Nieves.
Some of the topics addressed included:
- The district uses MERV 10 filters on its roof units;
- Classrooms are still being set up, furniture moved around, desks spaced appropriately;
- As of Monday night, 16 teachers indicated they would not return. The most are at the high school, the least at Doyle;
- Teachers who couldn't return to the classroom could be designated as remote teachers for students who select the all-remote option;
- Students who elect to change from remote to hybrid or hybrid to remote learning may have a different teacher;
- Chromebooks will be distributed to students who need them next week; an email will be sent from the district about pick up;
- Teachers will be available online for extra help;
- Temperatures will be taken randomly;
- The district is part of 15 school consortium that ordered over $2 millions dollars of PPE with other districts;
- The district has enough PPE for staff and students in each building, including masks, shields, transparent masks, gowns, gloves and hand sanitizer;
- The district is still waiting for the delivery of some dispensers and gloves.
- The incoming Kindergarten class has 108 registered students, and five more with paperwork yet to be processed, making 5 classes.
The Board unanimously approved the Re-Start and Recovery Plan. Board members Patrick Ambrosio and David Vaccaro were absent.
The full re-opening plan is available on the Wood-Ridge district website. The September Board of Education meeting is scheduled to be held in-person in the high school auditorium.
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