BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Bernards Township families must choose by first-thing Monday morning how they want their children to “return to school” in September.

Parents can opt to have their children educated entirely by remote learning – by computer while they are at home – or by a “blended learning” model in which most children would attend their school building two days a week and learn remotely for the remainder of the time.

On Monday, July 27, families were sent an email via the Genesis student information system alerting them to the selection form. One for each child is due by 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3.

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In order to assist families in making the choice, principals have e-mailed letters to help clarify common, answers to 70 oft-heard questions are addressed in a Q&A document, said Superintendent Nick Markarian.

The plan is summarized at “board presentations” on the Board of Education section of bernardsboe.com. The Q&A is at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Lbo0pjL11gOn1mfVIpT7oSZBF3diNyXsc329eZlql5k/edit#gid=0

There are no criteria for admittance to either model; all students are eligible for either. However, once a selection is made, students will be expected to remain in their chosen model for the first trimester (for grades K-5) or marking period (for grades 6-12), says a letter to parents.

Further details on the process for moving between models will be forthcoming in the fall, it says.

To make a selection, families should log onto their school Genesis account, choose the “Forms” tab and complete the “Hybrid Model Selection Form” for each child. As you complete the process for each child, parents will be provided additional information designed to help you solidify a choice, so read it carefully, the school advises.

Families who make no selection for their children by Monday morning will be placed in the Blended Learning Model.

Children in the Blended Learning Model are will be assigned to one of two groups, A or B. The school said it will work to provide the child’s assignment as soon as

possible once the selection forms are completed.

Any parent/guardian who has difficulty in logging into Genesis and/or accessing the selection form should contact their school building’s administration.

“We thank you for your patience as we prepare for an unprecedented school year,” Markarian’s letter to parents reads.