MONTVILLE, NJ – Superintendent of Montville Schools René Rovtar announced Friday, July 24 some changes to the re-opening plan for September, with the caveat that the situation is constantly changing. Governor Murphy provided parents with the ability to have their child attend school fully online this week, she wrote in an email to parents and staff, but she said she has not yet been provided the details of this option. Districts are not permitted to provide the option to all students, she said.

Changes in the plan for the elementary schools included an online Wednesday, since “there is some likelihood that the district may have to return to fully remote instruction during the course of the 2020-2021 school year.” Students will therefore be taught how to go through online learning when in-school, and practice it on Wednesdays. Rovtar said the buildings will be deep-cleaned and sanitized on that day, since the high school and middle schoolers will also be home, learning remotely.

Also in the email, Rovtar stated that daily screening of temperature and symptoms could not take place due to HIPAA (privacy act) concerns. “The most important screening that needs to occur is a daily temperature check at home,” Rovtar said.

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Rovtar noted that per their contract, teachers will be available to provide instruction, therapies, or counseling activities and will work full days despite the daily “half” days. She also asked parents to self-quarantine if families are going to travel to a “hot spot” state before school starts.

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the board of education will be meeting and providing the details of the district’s re-opening plan. View it at www.montville.net/boemeetinglive.

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