MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris School District has announced that Tuesday, September 8 will be the first day of school.

The calendar change will allow four days of professional development for faculty and staff (September 1-4). Faculty and staff will address important health and safety protocols, during the professional development days, said the district.

According to district officials, Phase 1 for the Morris School District is as follows;

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PreK

Preschool classes will operate on a 4 hour instructional day. Preschool special education classrooms will be 5 days

A hybrid model will allow students 2 days in person and three days remote. 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Group A

In-school

In-school

Remote Instruction

Remote Instruction

Remote Instruction

Group B

Remote  Instruction

Remote Instruction

In-school

In-school

Remote Instruction

K-5

K-5 schools will now follow a two-phase approach, with an early dismissal and no in-school lunch during the first marking period, announced officials in a letter to parents

  • Phase 1: September 8-November 13
    • Arrival: The instructional day will begin at approximately 9:00 am; arrival times will be staggered between 8:30 and 9:00 am to facilitate safe entry into the building. Precise arrival times will be communicated later in August.
    • Dismissal: The instructional day will end at approximately 1:00 pm; bus departures and pickups will begin at that time, again on a staggered schedule. Sunset (after school care) will be offered upon dismissal (please see below).
    • NO LUNCH WILL BE SERVED during the school day. Students will have a snack during one of their breaks, outdoors whenever possible and with all safety and hygiene precautions in place. “Grab and Go” lunches will be provided at dismissal time for students who receive Free and Reduced Lunch. Sunset will begin immediately after dismissal; those students who stay for Sunset will receive Grab and Go lunches as well.
       
  • Phase 2: Beginning November 16
    • Arrival: arrival times and procedures will remain the same as above.
    • Dismissal: If Phase 1 implementation is successful as outlined above, and if both internal and external conditions allow, the school day will expand to approximately 5.5 hours.
    • Lunch will be served during the school day, with all safety and hygiene precautions in place.
       
  • Sunrise/Sunset: The MSD Community School is planning to offer both Sunrise and Sunset (before and after school care) at all seven elementary schools, beginning with the first day of school. Unlike previous years, Sunrise will not be held at "sister" schools due to busing limitations. However, as these programs are completely supported by tuition, they can only operate if minimum registrations--by school and program--are received. All MSD families have received 2020-2021 registration materials by mail, and they are also available on the Community School website
     
  • All-Virtual Option: Families who opt for K-5 Connections, the all-virtual option for students in grades K-5, must complete an enrollment form by 5:00 pm on August 10 and will be asked to commit to this option until November 13, 2020, the end of the first marking period.  Enroll here
    • If you wish to switch to in-person learning for the second marking period (which begins November 16, 2020), you must notify your child’s school at least four weeks in advance. 

Middle and High School

The middle and high school students will follow a 50/50 hybrid model where 50% of the student body attends in-person instruction in the school building for two successive days while the other 50% accesses instruction virtually through Google Meet. The two cohorts of students then switch, said officials. Each class meeting will simultaneously include both in-person students and virtual students, all of whom are engaging in the same instruction at the same time.

All Virtual Option- Families who opt for Enhanced Virtual Learning, the all-virtual option for students in grades 6-12, must complete an enrollment form by 5:00 pm on August 10 and will be asked to commit to this option until November 13, 2020, the end of the first marking period.  Enroll here

If you wish to switch to the 50/50 Hybrid Model for the second marking period (which begins November 16, 2020), you must notify your child’s school at least four weeks in advance, said the district

Below is the revised school calendar.

 

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