SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood School District's four school began the 2020-21 academic year virtually on September 2. On October 14, Spotswood School District Superintendent Graham Peabody sent out a letter via a mass email to parents stating the district would begin offering hybrid instruction on Monday, October 26. The hybrid model divides the roughly 1,600 plus student body into two cohorts. Students in Cohort A attend a half day of school on Mondays and Tuesdays while students assigned to Cohort B go to classes in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. The entire district remains virtual on Wednesdays.
Spotswood School District parents have the option to keep their children learning remotely for all five school days. On hybrid days, the students learning at home will follow a slightly different time schedule, allowing for the shortened day and lunch at home. On Wednesdays, students follow the same virtual schedule they have been using since the start of school in September. In preparation for the scheduling switch, the Schoenly, Appleby, Memorial and Spotswood High School will follow the hybrid schedule in preparation for the change on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23.
The principals at all four of the Spotswood School District schools have sent out communications to parents regarding the switch to hybrid and what students returning to school can expect. On Monday, October 26 students in Cohort A will be back in school for the first time since March.
Students will be required to wear masks at all times while in the building. Appleby School Principal Nancy Torchiano suggested to fourth grade parents on a Zoom meeting that students begin practicing wearing the masks for longer periods of time at home in order to get used to it for school. Students attending in-person classes will also be carrying their belongings including school books back and forth with them. Lockers will not be utilized and students will not be eating lunch in school. All four schools will have additional safety protocols in place including hand sanitizing and temperature checks upon entrance to the school buildings.
Parents do have the option once the hybrid model goes in to effect to switch back to all virtual and vice versa if they are not comfortable with the learning option chosen for their child. Spotswood High School Principal Amy Jablonski is hosting a parent question and answer session on Wednesday, October 21 via Zoom for high school parents. Additional information for Spotswood High School students and parents will be made availalbe through an orientation video. The video will be emailed out on Tuesday, October 20.