RED BANK, NJ: Dear Colleagues, Families, and Students,
At the start of spring break, this is an appropriate time to give heartfelt thanks to everyone for all they have done to sustain our school program and for the many acts of courage and compassion that have defined our community’s response to the current crisis.
The administrative team continues to meet every day to respond to challenges and ensure continuity in our instructional program. Teachers, support staff, case managers and counselors have worked heroically to continue instruction and assist students and families.
The tech department has labored tirelessly to ensure all our students and staff have reliable access to the tools they need. RBR maintenance and administrative assistants have done a tremendous job under challenging circumstances to keep the building and essential services operating.
Finally, thanks to our students and families for keeping up with their school work and demonstrating maturity and tenacity under difficult circumstances.
Please review these important updates:
School Closure Directive: Earlier this week, Governor Murphy extended the emergency directives currently in place until May 7 and will be updating the school closure directive on April 17. We will share relevant information as soon as possible.
Marking Period 3 Grades: The shift to remote learning was stressful for everyone. In this unprecedented situation, the following guidelines have been put in place for MP 3: 65% is the minimum grade all students can receive and work assigned during the remote learning portion of the marking period will only be factored if it produces a higher final grade.
Modifications to Virtual School Plan for Marking Period 4: Beginning on Monday, April 20, after we return from break, important changes have been made to improve remote learning. The most important modification is a required check-in on Mondays for A-Day classes and Tuesdays for B-Day classes. Everyone should review the more detailed explanation posted on the RBR website.
Supporting RBR Families: These local charities are assisting families who have been negatively impacted by the crisis. Please reach out if you need support and also consider making a donation if you can. Please note that grab and go meals will continue to be available next week during our recess. See the website for details.
SAT Administration: A reminder that because of the spring cancelations by the College Board, our current juniors will be sitting for the SAT in October of their senior year. The specific date has not been determined yet but it will be administered during the school day as we had planned to do on April 28. Details about changes to AP test administration have been posted to the RBR website.
AP and IB Classes: Both the College Board and International Baccalaureate have established pathways to ensure that students participating in these programs can potentially earn college credit. IB families should have received an update this week. AP has canceled the in-school tests, however, students will take a shortened 45-minute assessment on-line. Details about changes to AP test administration have been posted to the RBR website.
On behalf of the RBR Board of Education, faculty and staff, please accept our best wishes for a blessed Passover and Easter and a restful break. Stay safe everyone.
Louis Moore Julius Clark
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