MAPLEWOOD/ SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Superintendent Taylor announced revisions to the virtual schedules for students in grades K-8.
Students in grades K-2 schedule’s will reflect the most substantial changes. All ‘special’ courses will be moved to the afternoons and be taught asynchronously; this will include music, art, library and P.E. From now on every K-2 student in the district will have the same core academic classes from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The shift will also allow for students to take their specialty classes at their own pace and have a break from screen time. According to the district screen time for core academic courses will also decrease “to allow for better student stamina and engagement.”
Students who may need individual or small group support from their teacher will have more availability for synchronous meetings in the afternoons.
For students in grades 3 through 5, the minor schedule change will shift their lunch/recess time to 12:10-1:05 p.m.
The schedule change for middle schools has moved the lunch block to an earlier time of day. Students at both SOMS and MMS will now have lunch from 11:59 a.m. to 12:39 p.m. This was to allow for a movement break before and after lunch. The morning movement break will be from 9:43 a.m. to 9:53 a.m. and the afternoon break will be 12:39 p.m. to 12:49 p.m.
Monday was supposed to be the start of hybrid in-person learning; it has been pushed back until the end of the first marking period November 18 at the earliest.
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