October 23, 2020
Dear Parents and School Community Members,
We are very pleased to report that the installation of the access points is complete, and we are experiencing clear improvement in wireless connectivity. This should eliminate many of the unfortunate obstacles and frustration that our students and teachers have been dealing with since the start of school. I want to thank the staff for their perseverance, resourcefulness, and ongoing commitment to our students. I also want to thank the students and families for their patience and understanding. We are hopeful that the upgraded network will improve everyone’s experience with the hybrid model.
At last night’s board meeting, a number of enhancements to the hybrid model were discussed and are being implemented, including in-person instruction on Wednesdays, beginning next Wednesday, October 28, at both schools. We also will be combining the A and B cohorts in Grades 1 and 2, so that our youngest learners, who need the most support, can benefit from in-person instruction every day. This change will begin the week of November 2. The district calendar has been updated to reflect the changes in the cohort schedule. Please remember that Election Day is an all-remote day, as directed by the state.
We are able to accommodate the additional first- and second-grade students in school based on the current size of the in-person cohorts. But as I said last night, if we have students requesting to move from all-remote instruction to in-person or if we have new student enrollments, we may not be able to accommodate all requests, and there is a possibility we would have to return to the hybrid model. This is the same caveat we shared when we brought kindergarten students back four days per week when school started in September.
The principals also are implementing schedule adjustments to create more structure in the afternoon so that students have more of a full-day experience, with a balance between in-person and remote learning experiences. Valley View families have already received a message from their principal about the details of the changes. A letter to Bayberry families will follow. In the meantime, please see the attached presentation from the board meeting.
As I also said last night, with November right around the corner, I want to remind everyone about the state travel advisory and ask families who are traveling to one of the states on NJ’s list to keep their children home for the recommended 14-day period.
Last, at the county’s request, we also are providing information regarding a communications survey.
Thank you. Have a great weekend.
Very truly yours,
George P. Alexis