WEST ORANGE, NJ — After one week of remote learning, the West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) district has shared its responses to what have been considered “Frequently Asked Questions” from residents over the last several days.

The responses include information about e-learning schedules, how students can communicate with their teachers and other students, contact information for the “help desk” at each school, contacts for the principal at each school, where families can pick up meals typically received through the schools and more.

“The roll out of our e-learning platform has been largely successful,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. J. Scott Cascone. “Minor issues were remedied as our families and staff adjusted to this new form of pedagogy. I am confident that our faculty will continue to educate our students.”

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Cascone also announced that it is likely the schools will remain closed “for an extended period of time into the foreseeable future.”

“We recognize that this school closure is disruptive for families, but we have a collective responsibility to address this public health challenge,” he said. “The re-opening of our facilities must be tailored and based specifically on the overall health status within our township. Speculation at this time is simply premature. In the meantime, we strongly recommend that families continue to practice the social distancing recommendations by the CDC, avoid large gatherings, which are critically important preventive measures to arrest the spread of the virus.”

The district’s responses to the most frequently asked questions about remote learning can be found below:

 

WHAT IF STUDENTS DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET OR LAPTOP?

For those who do not have Internet access or a laptop, and who have not yet been contacted by the district, please call 973-669-5400 Ext. 20551

 

CAN STUDENTS USE iPADS OR SMARTPHONES?

Yes, the interface has been tested and is compatible.

 

DO STUDENTS HAVE A SPECIFIC SCHEDULE TO FOLLOW EVERY DAY?

Suggested students' schedules were sent home in the E-Learning Guidance document and will be located on the Parent Resource Page on the E-Learning Site for easy reference. Students in grades 6-12 will be able to download their grade level schedules and personalize them to their specific classes and structured school day. We encourage and recommend that students follow the suggested schedules in order to organize their time well, complete instructional lessons and submit all required daily assignments.

 

WILL STUDENTS BE USING VIDEO CHAT? (i.e. FACETIME, GOOGLE HANGOUT, ZOOM)

At this time, students will not be using video chat for instructional purposes. Should the school closure exceed two weeks, video chat components with secure safety features will be integrated into the virtual classrooms. The district will communicate with parents and students prior to this taking place. Related Services and Child Study Team members will communicate with parents via Google Meet when needed. The Office of Special Services will provide guidance to parents.

 

HOW DO STUDENTS/PARENTS COMMUNICATE WITH TEACHERS?

Teachers will be available to respond to students regarding their classwork and assignments via Google Classroom and/or email during school hours. Teachers will respond to parent emails within 24 hours.

  • Grades K-5: 8:45 a.m. to 3:23 p.m.
  • Grades 6-8: 8:00 a.m. to 3:23 p.m.
  • Grades 9-12: 7:20 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

 

WHO SHOULD STUDENTS CONTACT IF THEY NEED SUPPORT WITH INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY? (i.e. locating their virtual classrooms, logging in, Google Sites (PreK-5), Google Classrooms, submitting assignments (6-12), accessing resources)

Each school has a virtual E-Learning help desk for students. Students can email their school’s help desk and expect a response within 24 hours (Monday-Friday). All student help desks are now live:

bettyelearning@westorangeschools.org

gregoryelearning@westorangeschools.org

hazelelearning@westorangeschools.org

kellyelearning@westorangeschools.org

mtpleasantelearning@westorangeschools.org

stcloudelearning@westorangeschools.org

redwoodelearning@westorangeschools.org

washingtonelearning@westorangeschools.org

edisonelearning@westorangeschools.org

libertyelearning@westorangeschools.org

rooseveltelearning@westorangeschools.org

wohselearning@westorangeschools.org

 

HOW WILL ATTENDANCE BE TAKEN?

Attendance will be taken by submission of assignment for all grade levels.

Elementary PreK-5 (Google Sites)

Elementary students in grades PreK-5, will be given daily assignments. For the week of May 23rd, students should complete, save, and be prepared to turn in all daily assignments upon return to school. Turned in assignments will count toward attendance for the day they were assigned. Virtual submission of elementary assignments will be launched shortly. A communication will be sent to parents as soon as this feature is available.

Grades 6-12 & Google Classrooms

Students in grades 6-12 and students in a Google Classroom, are to submit all daily assignments by 11:59pm on the day it was assigned. Daily assignments will be used to mark a student PRESENT on the day the task was assigned. Specific assignments, as indicated by the teacher, will be graded. Grades will be noted in PowerSchool.

 

HOW DO WE GET FOOD IF WE DEPEND ON THE SCHOOL FOR LUNCH?

West Orange Public Schools and Maschio’s Food Service will provide breakfast and lunch to children under the age of 18 starting Monday, March 23, 2020. The pickup window will be from 12p-2p from Monday through Friday at the elementary school closest to your residence. Below is a list of the schools and addresses where you may pick up for your child(ren). The process will consist of a drive through in the parking lot to avoid gatherings of groups.

Pick Up Locations:

  • Gregory Elementary School – 301 Gregory Ave
  • Hazel Elementary School – 45 Hazel Ave
  • Kelly Elementary School – 555 Pleasant Valley Way
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School – 9 Manger Rd
  • Redwood Elementary School – 75 Redwood Ave
  • St. Cloud Elementary School – 71 Sheridan Ave
  • Washington Elementary School – 289 Main St

Please contact Joshua Kreutz at 973-669-5400 extension 20595 with any questions.

 

WHAT IF STUDENTS ARE SICK?

Report student illness(es) following the district attendance procedure via Email to the school principal:

 

WHAT IF STUDENTS NEED TO GET SOMETHING FROM THEIR LOCKER?

Schools are closed to students/staff as ordered by the State of NJ until further notice.

 

WHAT IF STUDENTS HAVE A LIBRARY BOOK? WILL THEY BE CHARGED A FINE

Fines will be waived assuming books are returned after closure.