RED BANK, NJ: As you know, Governor Murphy recently closed all of New Jersey’s schools for the remainder of the 19-20 school year.  It is a decision that will provide us the best opportunity to reopen in September, and hopefully with minimal restrictions.

We are deeply saddened we will not be able to reopen our doors this spring for our students or provide the same end of year experiences to which we all have grown accustomed.  However, this presents an opportunity for us to grow in new ways as a school community and close out the school year to the best of our ability.

We are currently preparing for Week 8 of Home Learning and adjusting our meal distribution operations.  Thanks to the support of our community, our successful tax-neutral bond referendum will enable us to complete several emergent projects.  At Red Bank Primary School, work has begun to replace HVAC units while we anticipate a May start date for the new roofing project.  As you will read below, this requires all food and home learning packet distribution to take place at Red Bank Middle School on May 11 and May 14. We will evaluate these operations and make any necessary adjustments for the weeks ahead.

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As noted previously, our school year typically ends with many special events, most notably our eighth-grade dance and graduation as well as our AVID and Athletics celebrations.  As of today, we have not received any guidance on what will be permitted or prohibited regarding these events.  While a few other districts may be advertising plans, it is premature to do so without confirmation of the parameters.  We do expect to celebrate some of these milestones and will share the details once we can plan accordingly.  And again, this also applies to our Extended School Year program and the reopening of school in September.

We are committed to the continuity of instruction during this unprecedented pandemic, with the understanding that we cannot replicate school.  Our main focus continues to be the health and well-being of our families and providing the food and other support services needed to help them successfully navigate through this crisis.

Our staff will continue to support students in whatever ways necessary. Our trimester three grading information will be in our next update. Our expectations and grading will reflect the existence of the many inequities, provide flexibility to our families and ensure no student is harmed due to this situation.

Students should continue to do their very best in completing assignments. Families will be contacted if students are not demonstrating active participation. Any extraordinary lack of contact from a student will lead to a wellness check at the place of residence.

Our next update will be released on Wednesday, May 20 and as always, it will be communicated via our website, marquee, phone blast, social media, etc. Until then, we will maintain our #RBBisBIA mindset so we can rest assured, we are the Best for Red Bank!

PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES BELOW

  • Food Services
    • Beginning Monday, May 11th, FOOD SERVICES WILL ONLY BE PROVIDED AT RED BANK MIDDLE SCHOOL. “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch distribution is held every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-11:00 AM. For English, click HERE. For Spanish, click HERE.
  • Preschool and Grades K-8 Registration
    • Our regular registration process for new students (Preschool - Grade 8) is on hold. We will alert the entire community when more information is available. Please share this information with prospective parents, especially those planning to enroll in our Preschool program for September 2020.
  • Classroom Materials (Lockers & Desks)
    • We are currently preparing for the packing up of all student desks and lockers. We will have dates/times set aside for pickup as well as the opportunity for students to return textbooks, trade books, instruments, etc. More information will be forthcoming in our next update
  • Notice Regarding Special Education Services (English or Spanish)
  • Grading - Trimester 3
    • Our grading plan for the third trimester has not been finalized. We plan to communicate our intentions on Wednesday, May 20. Assignments provided virtually or via home learning packets should be completed to the best of your child’s ability. However, our main concern is for students and families to remain healthy and safe at this time.
  • Education (Home Learning Packet Info: English or Spanish)
    • Preschool - Grade 2 - HOME LEARNING PACKETS & SUPPLEMENTAL TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
      • New Home Learning Packets for May 18-29, 2020 will be available at the Red Bank Middle School on Monday (May 11) and Thursday (May 14) from 9:00-11:00 AM. At that time, Grades K-2 students should return any completed work (paper-based) in the large white envelope received last week.
    • Grades 3 & 4 - VIRTUAL LEARNING & HOME LEARNING PACKETS
      • Students in Grades 3 & 4 should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments. Click HERE for Grade 4 Virtual Learning Plans. A select group of students in Grades 3 & 4 will be provided home learning packets and will be contacted individually.
      • ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 3 & 4 should return any completed paper-based work to the Red Bank Middle School on Monday (May 11) or Thursday (May 14) from 9:00-11:00 AM. If you have the white envelope provided, place all work in the envelope. If not, write your child's name and teacher on the front page.
    • Grade 5, 6, 7 & 8 - ALL VIRTUAL LEARNING
      • Students in these grades should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments. Click HERE for Red Bank Middle School Virtual Learning Plans.
    • All staff are available Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 PM at a minimum. Feel free to reach out to them via email, ClassDojo, Remind, Google Meet or Classroom should you have any questions.
    • Visit our Virtual Learning Website for additional educational experiences for ALL students.
  • Counseling, Health and Educational Services
    • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
    • Parents of Special Education students with questions or needs are encouraged to reach out to their case managers, related service providers or Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
    • Visit our State & Federal Resources section for important information.
  • General Information
    • Questions? Call 732-758-1500 and leave a message. Here is other important Contact Information.
    • Our District has a Forced Closure Plan as required by the NJ Department of Education. This plan is fluid and changes weekly as new guidance is provided. It addresses feeding, instruction, student services and more.

Jared Rumage, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

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