RED BANK, NJ: We have learned a lot over the first six weeks of school and continue to make adjustments to improve health and safety protocols, as well as our in-person and remote instructional platforms. With the onset of winter and the flu season, we encourage you to remain steadfast with social distancing and other best practices for limiting the spread of illness and specifically, COVID-19.
As you know, New Jersey has seen a rise in positive cases and we need to exercise healthy habits in order to maintain the instructional environment we have established.
Looking ahead, we are preparing tentative plans to increase in-person instruction should the climate permit. These plans will be designed with the physical and emotional health and safety of our students and staff in mind. Additionally, any changes to our operating schedule will be implemented deliberately and methodically. Trimester 2 begins on Monday, December 14.
We do not anticipate any major structural changes to our schedule prior to that date. Any planned changes will be shared in our next Community Update which we have scheduled for Wednesday, November 11. This will offer you the benefit of nearly 5 weeks to prepare for any potential changes. In addition, on November 11 you will also be asked to complete a brief form indicating your child’s preferred method of instruction (full-remote or in-person) for Trimester 2.
At this time, extra-curricular activities including Athletics are still on hold. We are preparing for a winter athletic season in the event the climate permits. We are also planning to add other extra-curricular activities as part of our in-person expansion plans. Again, all changes will be pending our ability to do so in a safe manner.
Be on the lookout for our new Special Area Courses website. The site will offer a wide variety of weekly activities in the areas of Physical Education and Health/Mindfulness, Art, Music, Financial Literacy, World Languages and Project Lead the Way. We anticipate launching this website through your child’s Google Classroom. Please check it out and encourage your child to do the same!
Additionally, in an effort to further protect your child from illness, we are piloting a new safety practice beginning Monday, October 26 at each grade level. Every student will be provided with an appropriate-sized face shield to serve as an additional protective barrier. As noted, with the flu season and winter upon us, we are taking extra precaution to keep everyone safe and keep our schools open.
Important Reminders About Breakfast & Lunch:
- If you have not completed an application for Free and/or Reduced meals, complete one immediately (English | Spanish). Forms are required for ALL students, even those on full-remote (Cohort D). These applications are used to determine the financial aid we receive from the State.
- Meals are served only on days that school is in session. Therefore, no meals are provided on days the District is closed.
Important Reminders About Schedules:
- Week of November 2, 2020
- ALL COHORTS FOLLOW A VIRTUAL SCHEDULE - Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 4
- District CLOSED - Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6
- Please adhere to the delineated arrival times for your child’s location. As the weather grows colder we will be unable to open our doors for early arrivals.
- Arrival Times:
- First Baptist Church, United Methodist Church & YMCA: No Entry Prior to 8:30
- Monmouth Day Care Center & Acelero Learning Center: Assigned Start Times Per Class
- Primary School: Bus Students (8:30-8:45 AM) & Drop-Offs/Walkers: 8:40-8:50 AM
- Middle School: All Students - No Entry Prior to 8:05 AM
- Arrival Times:
- Visit our website (Preschool | Primary | Middle) and Virtual Backpacks for notices, including many about Health & Safety.
- Information regarding Halloween costumes and procedures will be sent directly from your child’s school/site. We will not be able to accommodate parades this year at our schools. Face coverings will also need to be worn, even if a child is in costume.
- All families should be accessing our Parent Portal. For help, see our guides (English | Spanish).
- Here is a list of important contacts and our District Calendar is HERE.
We must remain unified in protecting the long-term viability of our school schedule. Please continue to do your part by checking your child’s temperature each morning and monitoring your child daily for symptoms of COVID-19. We also ask that you keep your child home if they exhibit any signs of illness. Please refer to our 2020-21 Family Health Guide for additional information. Furthermore, please be sure your child and family are practicing healthy habits on days off and during our November school closures, including Thanksgiving break.
Regarding holiday travel, please consider New Jersey’s Travel Restrictions and quarantine responsibilities related to certain destinations. Anyone traveling to an area of high community transmission as listed by the NJDOH Travel Advisory will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return to New Jersey. Parents should contact the Nurse with any questions. Students returning from any of the states listed will be assigned remote learning for the duration of the quarantine. Adherence is necessary to keep our school community safe as we continue to provide in-person instruction. Please notify the school if you will be required to quarantine so staff have ample time to prepare for the transfer to all remote learning for your child.
On a final note, please remember we are always here to support you. Please do not hesitate to contact our School Counselors to request any assistance you and your family may need. If we cannot help you directly, we will connect you with an appropriate resource.
I have never been more proud of our students, staff and school community. Our response during these trying times exemplifies the #RBBisBIA mindset. Let’s continue to strive to be the Best In America so we can be certain we are the Best for Red Bank.
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