HOBOKEN, NJ - The Hoboken Public School District has outlined its reopening plan, offering families the option to select a full day traditional onsite learning model or a full day remote learning model for a September 8th opening. Families are required to complete a Declaration of Intent for each child no later than August 7, 2020. That declaration will be applied for the period from September 8 through October 9.
"As opposed to asking families to make a long term commitment on an educational model, I have determined that Declarations of Intent will be done on the basis of one-month time periods until the pandemic ends," said Dr. Christine Johnson, Superintendent of Hoboken Schools, via a document posted on the district website.
Within that document are breakdowns of each plan—Full Day Traditional Onsite Learning Model Choice or Full Day Remote Learning Model Choice—with specific information for various grades/schools in the District.
"What was sent to the parents includes a full comprehensive set of plans and an executive summary," said Dr. Johnson, via an email to TAPinto Hoboken. As initial communiqués were relayed to parents Wednesday afternoon, social media was abuzz with questions about specifics. Johnson explains, "Many parents did not access the links that were embedded in the documents. Once they read them thoroughly, the initial questions will be answered."
The Superintendent maintains that full day remote learning model still allows for students to stay enrolled in the district and maintain the seat in the school that they are currently assigned to.
"Since your child would remain on our rolls, state aid would not be lost," says Johnson. "If an alternative is chosen such as private homeschooling or registering with a for-profit company or private school for the purpose of "pod" learning, your child would need to disenroll from the district; thereby resulting in the loss of state aid even if your child re-enrolls after the pandemic ends. In addition, we may not be able to guarantee placement back into the school that he/she is currently assigned to."
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According to the plan's executive summary, "The Hoboken Public School District has weighed the health and safety risks and the need for high quality education to establish four models that will work best for our school community. It is fully understandable that there will not be one plan that fully meets the needs of every family. Therefore, cooperation and partnership regardless of the model which is implemented is necessary. It is the hope of the Hoboken Public School District that we will have the option to select the model that we will implement for the first Marking Period. However, it is plausible that the Governor may dictate our actions as we near the opening of school. Either way, the Hoboken Public School District is ready for any scenario that presents itself."
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