2020-2021 Back to School Plan

Stay Safe, Stay Informed

The Pinelands Regional School District continues to solicit information from staff members and parents; receive guidance from the NJDOE and local health officials; and utilize every resource at our disposal to further develop a SAFE return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Please use this web page-- which will be updated throughout the summer-- as a resource to understand our plans so you and your family can best prepare for a return to school this fall. Anyone with questions can email 

distancelearning@prsdnj.org

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Parent Frequently Asked Questions on a Blended Learning Environment

1. What is a blended learning model?

A blended learning model allows students to alternate from in-person learning to virtual learning. Furthermore, this type of model enables school districts to put all recommended health and safety measures in place, such as social distancing.

 

2. How often and how long will students be receiving in-person instruction?

 

We continue to gather feedback from our community on our exact model. With that said, we are tentatively working on plans for an A/B schedule which will require students to attend in-person learning on alternating days. 

 

3. Will siblings be assigned on the same day?

 

Yes, all of our plans will allow siblings to attend all schools within our district on the same day.

 

4. How are you going to ensure that you meet the requirement of IEPs for students with special needs?

 

A Safe Return Workgroup comprised of general and special education administrators and educators will be meeting to ensure that accommodations are accounted for all students within the instructional plan.

 

5. Will I be able to choose different options for each of my children?

 

Yes. Once our district’s instructional plan for 2020-21 is in place, parents will have the opportunity to make individual selections for each child.

 

6. Will students be distanced from one another?

 

The placement of teacher and student desks will adhere to the social distancing requirements of seating students six feet apart. The physical arrangement of the classrooms will be unique to each space.

 

7. Will teachers and students be required to wear masks? For what length of time? How will additional precautions be monitored?

 

Requirements and guidance for students to wear masks continue to evolve. Based on current guidance from the NJDOE, students will be required to wear masks when they cannot be socially distanced.

 

8. How will students’ social-emotional health be supported?

 

The social-emotional well being of our staff and students is a top priority. Supports will be integrated into lessons in a variety of ways, resources will be available for staff, students, and parents in need, with mental health screening procedures implemented as necessary.

 

9. Will students receive live virtual instruction?

 

In the event our schools are fully virtual, all students will receive some form of daily live instruction. Students participating in a blended learning model while at home will have the opportunity to join their classrooms and may have opportunities to participate in live learning activities, but it is in the best interest of staff and students to focus on high-quality instruction in a face-to-face environment when in-person instruction is scheduled.

 

10. If I choose virtual learning for my child will he/she be able to return to school?

 

 

11. If I choose virtual learning for my child will he/she be able to participate in extracurricular activities?

 

Choosing virtual instruction for a child will not preclude a child from participating in extracurricular activities. While decisions concerning the safe operation of extracurricular programming are yet to be determined, parents may need to arrange for transportation to and from activities.

 

12. Will students be expected to participate in virtual learning on scheduled in-person days?

 

Generally, students will not be expected to participate in virtual learning while spending time in school for in-person instruction. However, depending upon individual schedules and levels, there may be requirements to complete activities for specific classes online to adhere to guidelines set forth by the NJ Department of Education.

 

13. What will Physical Education classes look like?

 

Guidelines from the NJDOE establish that equipment cannot be shared between students, and social distancing should be maintained. A Safe Return Workgroup that includes administrators and physical education educators will meet to develop a comprehensive plan for the safe execution of physical education courses.

 

14. Will there be recess?

 

The NJDOE currently has not changed the requirements for recess. We will incorporate the required amount of time for recess while in-person learning is taking place. A schedule will be created by all elementary building principals ensuring that social distancing is taking place and the proper sanitizing of equipment is possible.

 

15. How will buses accommodate social distancing requirements?

 

A blended-learning model will provide our community with a transportation schedule that allows us to assign fewer students to our buses. However, many of our routes may not meet requirements in cases such as that, students will be required to wear face coverings. 

 

16. What is an A/B Blended Learning model?

 

 

17. How will schools be cleaned and sanitized?

 

Daily cleaning will continue and will include disinfection of touchpoints both in common areas and classrooms (touch points include but are not limited to, light switches, door handles, pencil sharpeners, desk/table/counter tops, water fountains, bathroom fixtures, paper/soap/sanitizer dispensers, railings, etc.). The LEHSD custodial staff will be following a Covid-19 cleaning protocol as recommended by the CDC, NJ DOE, NJ DOH, as well as the manufacturer and supplier of our disinfectants and cleaning agents. Pinelands will continue to consider and investigate alternative disinfection agents, evaluate the efficacy of the overall cleaning and disinfection program, increase routine inspections, quality control efforts, and focus on providing safe and clean facilities during this unprecedented health crisis in our county and state.

 

18. Why can students not attend school five days a week?

 

We are looking forward to the time we can welcome all of our students back to school. However, at this time, the requirements from the NJDOE do not allow us to move forward with this model.

 

Staff Frequently Asked Questions on a Blended Learning Environment

1. What is the Pinelands Regional School District's PPE Plan?

The safety of the Pinelands Regional School District's students and staff is our greatest priority. Throughout the pandemic, accommodations have been and continue to be made for all staff members including those that fall into the ‘high-risk’ category. Accommodations for staff members to ‘telework’ will continue throughout the summer and teaching staff and professional service professionals will also have the ability to support learning virtually from the safety of their home come September. Furthermore, universal precautions found below will be followed to maintain the safety of all students and staff:

  • Maintain proper social distancing throughout the school day.

  • All staff and students will be required to wear face coverings.

  • Regular student and staff screenings will be conducted.

  • Deep cleaning will occur daily. Procedures in the event of a student/staff member becoming ill including respectful isolation along with contact with the local board of health.

  • Scheduled handwashing

 

2. If I am unable to return back to work, what are my options?

 

Staff members who are unable to work in-person or telework due to the need to care for a child under the age of 18 if the school or child care provider is closed may be eligible for the Federal Families First CoronaVirus Response Act.

Staff members who have an underlying medical condition may have the option to telework. Conditions include but are not limited to the following: chronic lung disease or asthma, serious heart conditions, immuno-compromised, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and undergoing dialysis, liver disease, higher risk for illness, including adults over 65.

 

3. How will students and staff be screened?

 

Locations for health screenings for staff and students will be created. Furthermore, daily self-monitoring checklists for COVID-19 symptoms will be administered daily for all students and staff through our parent portal and staff portal data system.

 

4. Will teachers and students be required to wear masks? For what length of time? How will additional precautions be monitored?

 

Requirements and guidance for students to wear masks continue to evolve. Based on current guidance from the NJDOE, students will be required to wear masks when they cannot be socially distanced. Staff members will be required to wear face-coverings throughout the day.

 

5. How will students move throughout the day (such as bathroom visits) while maintaining social distance?

 

Accommodations will be made to the procedures to ensure compliance with social distancing measures. Accommodations may include “one-way routes” in hallways and staggered release from classrooms.

 

6. How will buses accommodate social distancing requirements?

 

A blended-learning model will provide our community with a transportation schedule that allows us to assign fewer students to our buses. However, many of our routes may not meet requirements. In cases such as these, students and bus staff will be required to wear face coverings.

 

7. What is an A/B Blended Learning model?

 

An A/B schedule will provide students with alternating days of in-person and virtual instruction.

 

8. How will schools be cleaned and sanitized?

 

Daily cleaning will continue and will include disinfection of touchpoints both in common areas and classrooms (touch points include but are not limited to light switches, door handles, pencil sharpeners, desk/table/counter tops, water fountains, bathroom fixtures, paper/soap/sanitizer dispensers, railings, etc.). The TRRS custodial staff will be following a Covid-19 cleaning protocol as recommended by the CDC, NJ DOE, NJ DOH, as well as the manufacturer and supplier of our disinfectants and cleaning agents. TRRS will continue to consider and investigate alternative disinfection agents, evaluate the efficacy of the overall cleaning and disinfection program, increase routine inspections, quality control efforts, and focus on providing safe and clean facilities during this unprecedented health crisis in our county and state.

 

9. How will social distancing be maintained when class sizes have increased?

 

Classrooms in all buildings have been evaluated and the maximum capacity has been identified in order to remain in compliance with social distancing. General education class sizes in an A/B model will range from no more than 10 to 12 students.  

 

10. How will our classes operate as intended when students cannot share equipment or supplies?

A variety of curriculum teams are currently gathering to ensure that modifications are considered for courses that typically entail the sharing of materials among students. If you have suggestions for alternate options, please feel free to reach out to distancelearning@prsdnj.org

Pinelands Regional School District 

520 Nugentown Rd

Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087 

609-296-3106

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