ROXBURY, NJ - Students throughout the Roxbury School District will soon return to their classrooms on Mondays as COVID-19 "Virtual Mondays" are ending, said Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic today.

The first day of the district-wide return to classrooms on Mondays will be March 8, said Radulic. She also said Roxbury High School will transition to "Phase II" status: Full-capacity with students attending school in-person for staggered 4-hour days, five days per week.

"The first day of spring is less than a month away," the superintendent said. "Our county has moved into the yellow or moderate activity level, and staff have continued to obtain vaccines."

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Parents of students in kindergarten through fourth grade will be able to change their "learning platform" for the third trimester, Radulic said. They will receive communication and forms from principals by March 15.

Learning platform changes for students in grades five through 12 can be done through the Genesis Parent Portal by noon on March 3 only if the goal is to move from virtual to hybrid or from hybrid to virtual, Radulic said. The next opportunity to change learning platforms for grades five through 12 will happen in mid-April.

Radulic said the goal of the district administration "continues to be to return to traditional learning before the end of this school year," something she said "is definitely within reach" given the diminishing COVID-19 numbers and the increase in vaccine availability.

"However, it will only be accomplished through the continued cooperation of our community," the superintendent said. "We’ve been in this together since the beginning and together, each doing his/her part, we will see it through."

Transportation adjustments to be finalized by March 5, Radulic said.

"This pandemic tested our resolve, but it was unable to break our spirit," the superintendent said. "We will be back stronger than before because we have leaned on each other, encouraged each other, and appreciated each other."

She invited Roxbury residents to attend the spring meeting of the Roxbury School Board which will soon "begin celebrating the district's survival of the pandemic with a program called “Roxbury Resilience.” The first celebration is scheduled to take place at the April 26 board meeting.

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