Randolph School Community,
I hope this message finds you healthy and well. As we shared in our previous updates, the New Jersey Department of Education released guidance for the reopening of schools across the state. At the mandate of Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education, districts were asked to develop plans for re-entry that included an in-person start to the school year. After gathering the feedback of students, staff, and parents, we outlined our plans to reopen our school buildings at the Board of Education meeting on July 21. A link to that presentation can be found here (July 21 Presentation).
Governor Murphy released additional guidance announcing that parents have the option to choose an all-remote learning plan even if schools re-open in the fall. There has also been newly introduced legislation which may force the district to start the year virtually for as few as two months. It’s important to emphasize that how we begin our school year is not a local decision. If presented with the latter scenario, we are prepared to return to fully virtual instruction. The re-entry plan we have submitted today, July 31, 2020 for approval by the local Department of Health and NJDOE proposes that the district resume operations under a hybrid Instruction model. This combination of both in-person and virtual learning is consistent with the requirements of the NJDOE while also taking into consideration the needs expressed by our learning community. The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is our #1 priority.
The district’s full plan for re-entry can be found here (Re-entry Plan).
We are here to provide you with the support you may need as we return to instruction. If and when new guidance is issued, we will keep you informed of how instruction and operations will evolve. Our building leadership teams will also be in contact to provide additional information to families and staff. If you have any questions along the way, we are here to answer them. Thank you for your flexibility as we navigate the beginning of the new year together.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth, nose or any mucous membrane with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Use good respiratory hygiene - cough and sneeze into a tissue or elbow
- Properly dispose of used tissues
- Stay home when sick and call your healthcare provider
The district has always and will continue to follow state and federal health regulations in accordance with infection control best practices. While coronavirus is a concern that the district takes seriously, the district has been combating the disease through its efforts to minimize other infectious diseases such as influenza. These more common respiratory illnesses are currently a much higher risk to both students and staff.
In terms of prevention, practicing good hygiene is the only way to truly avoid illness. Proper handwashing is shared with students frequently and reminders are sent to students and staff as needed and in accordance with the health needs of each building. Important hygiene information is also posted throughout buildings in various places including restrooms.