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1. Do staff and students who are in close contact with students who are symptomatic have to quarantine?

While the previous answer to this question was “Yes,” recent guidance from the NJ Dept. of Health has changed. The latest guidance no longer makes that recommendation unless the staff member or student resides in the same home as someone demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19. Furthermore individuals who have tested positive for and subsequently recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days will no longer need to quarantine when in close contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

2. In the event of inclement weather in which in-person learning cannot take place, will students and staff participate in a virtual day of instruction?

Yes, students and staff will participate in virtual learning in the event of inclement weather forcing the district to close buildings. This is due to our ability to offer our students a quality virtual learning program and NJ Executive Order 175 allowing virtual days to count toward a school day in our 180-day school calendar.

3. What is a hybrid learning model?

A hybrid 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.

4. When will hybrid instruction begin?

Hybrid instruction begins the week of Oct. 5 for kindergarten and first-grade students. For students in grades 2-5, hybrid instruction will begin the week of October 26 and for students in Grade 6-12, hybrid instruction will begin Nov. 9.

5. What days will my child be attending hybrid instruction?

Generally, students whose last names begin with A-K (group A) will attend Mondays and Wednesdays. Generally, students whose last name begins with L-Z (group B) will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays. All students will be virtual on Friday.

6. How long is the school day?

In total, the school day is a six hour day. The hybrid portion of the school day is 4 hours. The afternoon will consist of independent, learning activities, small group and individualized instruction, and asynchronous learning activities for all students.

7. Will my child continue with the same teacher?

Yes, regardless of the instructional model you choose, your child will remain with their current teacher.

8. What will a virtual school day look like?

Students who are working remotely will join their classroom for morning meetings, whole group instruction, and various times throughout the day. They will also meet with their teacher/teachers in the afternoon for individualized and small group instruction. Your child’s teacher will notify you of their specific schedule.

9. How can I request a learning model change for my child?

The Learning Model Request form is available on our website and in the Parent Virtual Learning Handbook on page 36. Parents may request a learning model change once per trimester or marking period. The transition to in-person learning may take 3-5 business days as it will entail the need to balance class enrollments.

10. How will my child maintain social distance in the classroom and throughout the school?

  • All desks have been arranged so that they are at least six feet apart.
  • Communal classroom supplies such as scissors and crayons have been removed. We ask that you refer to your child’s individual school’s supply list and send them with any supplies they may need in a Ziploc bag marked with their name. Please contact your school if you need assistance getting any of the suggested supplies.
  • Each classroom will maintain a seating chart.
  • Social distancing signs and markers have been placed throughout all of our buildings.
  • Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade will not be transitioning throughout the building. Procedures for sanitizing spaces during transition in all three of our high schools are in place.

11. Is my child required to wear a mask?

Yes, students are required to wear a mask while riding the bus and while in school.

12. Will my child have to wear their mask all day?

We understand that students may need to take a break from wearing their masks. For this reason, teachers will be integrating mask breaks throughout the day.

13. Can my child still have a snack at school?

Yes, snack breaks are permitted. Students will be required to wash their hands before and after eating.

14. Will there be recess?

Recess will be integrated into the school day.

15. Will there be busing?

Bus transportation will be provided. Please remember to print out your child’s bus pass from the Portal prior to riding.

16. 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.

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

Choosing virtual instruction for a child will not preclude a child from participating in live instruction once a parent/guardian deems it a safe time to return. Accommodations to original plans may need to be adjusted to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

18. What will Physical Education classes look like?

Guidelines from the NJDOE establish that equipment cannot be shared between students, social distancing should be maintained and for secondary students, locker rooms remain closed off for students. A Curriculum and Instruction Workgroup that includes administrators and physical education educators will meet to develop a comprehensive plan for the safe execution of physical education courses.

19. How will students switch between classes in intermediate or high school while maintaining social distance?

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

20. 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 will be required to wear face coverings.

21. How will schools be cleaned and sanitized?

Daily cleaning will continue, and will include disinfection of touch points 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.

22. 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.

23. What are your protocols for symptomatic students and staff?

If a student or staff member identifies through self-screening symptoms of COVID-19 the individual should remain home. In the even the individual is in school, they will be respectfully isolated and symptoms will be documented by the school nurse. An individual with a fever of 100.4 or high must remain out of school for 36 hours and remain fever free for 24 hours without any medication or development of new symptoms. An individual exhibiting three symptoms including: fever, cough, SOB, sore throat, chills, diarrhea cannot return for 10 days or without a medical evaluation documenting an alternate diagnosis.

24. What procedures are in place in the event a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • The infected individual cannot return to school for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic ten days from the date of the test.
  • The school nurse in consultation with administration and teaching staff will create a list of individuals that have been in ‘close contact’ (Within 6ft for greater than 10 minutes).
  • Necessary individuals will receive communication and directions for next steps.

25. If students in my child’s class or my child’s teacher has symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive will I be notified?

If an individual in any of your child’s classes has tested positive for COVID-19 you will be notified.

26. If students in my child’s class or my child’s teacher has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 will my child need to self-quarantine?

If a member of your child’s class was in ‘close contact’ (With 6ft for 10 minutes or longer) your child will need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last time of contact with the infected individual.

27. What are your protocols for screening both staff and students?

All staff and students must agree to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms daily. This screening will be completed through the Parent Portal daily and all ‘red flags’ will forwarded to the school nurse. All staff will receive specific training for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

28. What happens if my child is contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If your child was in contact with with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they would need to remain home for 14 days from the last date of exposure. All household members of a positive case should quarantine during the index case isolations period (10 days) and for 14 days after the confirmed positive case comes out of isolation. The total quarantine could possibly be up to 24 days.