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.”

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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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