PISCATAWAY, NJ — As Piscataway teachers continue to teach students through virtual means due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, school district officials are looking ahead to November 16 when the start of the 2nd marking period signals the return of in-person instruction.

While parents will still have the option to keep their children in the all-remote learning structure now in place for the first marking period, those who want to attend school in-person will be able to do so following a new hybrid option.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Ranelli explained the new format during Thursday’s Board of Education virtual meeting.

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“Students choosing the hybrid model will still be placed into two groups,” said Ranelli. “One group will report to school every Monday and Tuesday. The other group will report to school every Thursday and Friday. And each group will alternate on Wednesdays.”

The original hybrid plan had children going to school every other day, combined with virtual learning on their off days.

“Each week would have been different,” said Ranelli adding that the new hybrid plan follows cleaning protocols.

“This adjustment is in response to two things,” he said. “We heard parents loud and clear that it would be very helpful for them to understand and know going forward exactly what days are in-school, and it be consistent when their children are going to school.”

“There will be options to make sure all of your children attend school on the same days or on different days,” Ranelli continued, adding how this will help address parent’s concerns with job requirements.

Self-contained special education students will attend school in-person five days a week.

“That’s been a great concern for many of the parents, especially with services that they may not be able to provide at home,” said board member, Ralph Johnson in approval of the new plans.

Parents will receive more information on the new instructional plan soon and will have to fill out a new form in Genesis indicating whether they want hybrid learning for their children or continue to be all-remote, said Ranelli.

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