Roadmap Back To School


To ensure our community has the latest communications around school reopening, this page provides all updates from Superintendent Betze. 

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August 8, 2020

Check out the Reopening Q and A section of our website to find the latest Q&A document from Superintendent Betze on our Reopening Plan. 


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July 31, 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night during our virtual "Robbinsville Schools Reopening Plan - Q&A with Brian and Kim" meeting. We had over 500 attendees from the community participate and offer great questions for our plan on reopening school this fall. If you weren't able to listen in, click the link below to access the video recording of the meeting.



If you have additional questions about the reopening plan, please email us at reopenquestions@robbinsville.k12.nj.us. Also visit our Reopening Q&A page for all the questions we have received.

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July 29, 2020

During the July monthly board meeting, Superintendent Betze and Dr. Tew presented Robbinsville School District's plan for reopening our schools. Below is a link to their presentation.

Robbinsville Reopening Plan Presentation

Mr. Betze and Dr. Tew will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, July 30 at 7pm to discuss the reopening plan as well as respond to the community thoughts and questions. To register your attendance, please click here. We also ask that you submit your questions to reopenquestions@robbinsville.k12.nj.us prior to the meeting to help streamline the meeting. There will also be time for live questions and answers as well.

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July 24, 2020 Clarity on Hybrid Schedules

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We apologize for the confusion our previous hybrid schedule modules have caused.  Below are the accurate two-week schedules for both A and B groups. Schedules will remain the same for each group Monday through Thursday; the only day that will change (in-person vs. remote) is Friday for both groups.

Two Week A Schedule:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

A

in-person

A

in-person

A

remote

A

remote

A

in-person

Week 2

A

in-person

A

in-person

A

remote

A

remote

A

remote


Two Week B Schedule:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

B

remote

B

remote

B

in-person

B

in-person

B

remote

Week 2

B

remote

B

remote

B

in-person

B

in-person

B

in-person

As a reminder, parents will be receiving an email via the Genesis Parent Portal today, Friday, July 24 with four questions. Surveys must be completed for each child and is due by July 31st for all students.  

Thank you,

Brian Betze
Superintendent


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July 23, 2020 Letter from Superintendent Betze

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Now that a 100% virtual learning option is available for September, parents will be receiving an email via the Genesis Parent Portal on Friday, July 24th asking the below four questions:

  1. Will your son/daughter be attending school in September via the 100% virtual learning option?  Your selection is permanent for the first trimester for Sharon E.S. and the first semester for Pond M.S. and Robbinsville H.S.
  2. Do you need a device to connect to the Internet for remote instruction?
  3. Do you need assistance (hotspot, wi-fi) accessing the Internet?
  4. If you are selecting the hybrid 50% in school instruction/ 50% virtual instruction plan, will your child(ren) need transportation to and/or from school?

The questionnaire must be completed for each child and is due July 31st for all students.

Please understand the "100% virtual learning" option will look different than before.  Students will be held thoroughly accountable for attending and being engaged in all classes daily, following a traditional early dismissal schedule, in order for this option to count toward compulsory attendance laws.

The hybrid (part in-school instruction, part virtual instruction) option will have students broken into two cohorts (A and B), each following a set schedule rotating each week.  All days are early dismissal days.  Some students with an IEP and other groups may follow different schedules.  This schedule MAY change and is dependent on the number of students choosing 100% virtual.  The more 100% virtual learning increases the possibility of offering more in-person classes. Below is an example of the hybrid instructional model.

 

Format

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

In-person

A

A

B

B

A

Remote

A

A

B

B

B

I know you probably have many questions, and the turn-around time for this survey is tight.  I will go into the reopening plan in a little more detail at next week’s Board of Education meeting, which takes place on July 28th at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium.  Also, a presentation of the plan is scheduled for July 30th at 7:00 PM.  This meeting will be held 100% virtually with information on how to log-on forthcoming. We encourage you to attend these presentations to help in answering questions you may have.  

Thank you for your understanding, flexibility and patience as we work through the myriad of issues surrounding the opening of school.  

Sincerely, 

Brian Betze
Superintendent



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July 17 Letter from Superintendent Betze


Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Over the past few weeks, the Robbinsville Public Schools’ administrative team has been planning for the opening of school for this coming September.  I would like to take this opportunity to update our stakeholders on the reopening plan and share the timeline for communicating the final version.  Please keep in mind things are changing seemingly by the day, so flexibility is key as we prepared for the upcoming school year.

To make the multitude of decisions associated with the reopening of our schools and have students and staff return to teaching and learning in the safest environment possible, the district has used staff and parent surveys to chart the course for decision-making.  While working to finalize our plan, we are utilizing four tenets to guide our decision.  We know no plan is perfect, and whatever is decided upon will still cause some issues with staff, families, and students.  Therefore, we will be choosing the option which will best reflect the reopening model following these key tenets: 

  1. Health and Safety of Students and Staff:  It is imperative to make decisions that will keep the health and safety of our children and staff members at the forefront of our plan.
  2. Most Vulnerable Students Take Precedent: The overall plan will take into consideration the need for all students to be back in front of a teacher as much as possible, given the current health situation at the time of reopening.  However, special consideration will be provided to students who would most benefit from in-person instruction on a daily basis. 
  3. Consideration of Childcare and Supervision: Understanding the necessity of childcare and supervision, our reopening plan will support family members in different grades to allow them to follow the same schedules, regardless of the attending school.  Modifications to the R.E.D. program’s offerings have also been considered to support families.
  4. Instructional Practices: An instructional model for our students which will reflect the best practices, given the current conditions, and support learning at an optimum level will also guide the final choice of a learning model for the new school year. 

In order to help you, parents, to start planning for September, the following are general features of the overall plan:

  • All days will be early dismissal days (although the normal times may change due to the need to disinfect buses between each run);
  • The entire student body will be split in half (keeping families together) with students following a set schedule each week where one half is in-person and the other half working remotely;
  • Each classroom will be equipped with a safety kit, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, etc.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer will be added to supply lists for all students in September;
  • Each day, parents will be required to complete a short health screening checklist on each of their children and send it electronically back to the district.  Staff will be doing the same;
  • In early August, parents will be asked, via a survey, to decide on a few items including the need for district transportation and sending your child(ren) back in September.*

*As it stands today, a parent does not have the option of keeping their child home for 100% virtual learning.  I know some districts have included this option in their plans; however, the mandate received from the NJDoE this week does not allow for this option.  Many superintendents and school-related organizations are actively petitioning the governor to change his decision on this topic.  If this changes, we will readjust our plan’s offerings.

Over the next two weeks, I will be sharing our draft plan to the Board of Education and other staff members in order to gauge their perspectives and thoughts.  The attendance process, instructional schedules, and detailed highlights of the plan will be presented at the July 28th Board of Education meeting and then communicated to the entire district, including parents and staff members.  This timeframe will provide staff a full month to put into place the details of the plan and parents to prepare their children for the opening of school on September 8th

As always, thank you for your patience as we all deal with the uncertainties around us.  Please rest assured we are doing everything possible to make the opening of the 2020-2021 school year as safe and successful as possible. 

Sincerely, 

Brian J. Betze

Superintendent 

 

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