PISCATAWAY, NJ — As the summer progresses towards the start of a new school year for Piscataway students, Superintendent, Dr. Frank Ranelli announced the district’s new 2020-2021 Re-Entry Plan that provides guidance on how instruction can take place in the new norm of COVID-19 precautions.
The 12-page plan follows state health protocols and mandates for social distancing, and gives families two options in which to choose for their K-12 children: Hybrid In-School/Remote Instruction or All Remote Instruction.
“Due to these guidelines and mandates, offering full-time, in-person instruction is not possible,” said Ranelli in his update to parents on Friday.
To address the new learning procedures, all students will be issued iPads at the start of the school year and will use Google Classroom, Schoology, or Zoom Video Conferencing for their remote/virtual learning programs.
“Building this plan was challenging and complex,” Ranelli explained. “We discussed and evaluated many problems and proposals, and considered the social and emotional growth of our students as well as their academic requirements. We listened to individual needs and weighed how plans impact working families. Most importantly, we considered our facilities, and how we could continue to best serve students while following State guidelines for social distancing and other mandates.”
With the new school year set to begin September 2, parents will be contacted soon by district officials to choose from the following options:
Option 1: HYBRID IN-SCHOOL/REMOTE INSTRUCTION
Students following this option will attend school in person, every other day. They will follow a full in-person schedule on days they are in school, and follow a full live-streamed schedule on days they are at home. Students who opt for the Hybrid Schedule option will enter classrooms with reduced class sizes and a reduced number of students in their buildings. K-12 siblings will attend school on the same A/B day.
Option 2: ALL REMOTE INSTRUCTION
Families with elevated health risks or those who do not feel comfortable having their children participate in in-person instruction will be offered fully remote instruction. Students who opt for the Remote Instruction Only schedule will be assigned a class and will follow the class virtually live-streamed, full-time, five days each week, during the scheduled school hours.
PISCATAWAY HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE
In order to ensure that PHS can offer a Hybrid Option and follow the same A/B schedule as the other schools, PHS students will follow a 4X4 semester block schedule, and take only four classes in the fall semester, and their other four classes in the spring semester.
Parents are encouraged to review other details outlined in the Re-Entry plan including the use of face coverings, transportation and special services procedures, sports, physical education and recess, lunchroom social distancing and “Grab and Go” meals, cleaning protocols, and what to do if a student is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19.
For more information on the Piscataway School District’s 2020-21 Re-Entry Plan, visit www.piscatawayschools.org.
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