Snow day!

For State Mandated Emergency School Closings

Learning from Home

Investments in technology, professional development, curriculum, and active learning approaches over the past several years have facilitated an approach in which teachers have the capacity to interact with students at a distance and students can work more independently. "Virtual school days" (VSDs) allow students to review content, submit questions, assess their understanding, get feedback from teachers and peers, and collaborate using online platforms and apps.

Following Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and in the absence of state guidance for large scale virtual instruction, the Toms River Regional School District developed an emergency plan for continuation of learning on a limited basis. In memos dated March 5 and March 13, 2020, the NJ Department of Education stated its willingness to permit school districts to hold virtual school days in the event of a school closure mandated by health officials and, most importantly, have them count towards the mandatory 180 days of school per year. With the support of the Ocean County Health Department and Executive County Superintendent Kevin Ahearn on March 13, the district Emergency Closing Plan, which includes remote learning plan, was revised as described below and approved by the NJDOE.

Virtual School Day

UPDATES

March 21, 2020: The President announced that states could apply to be exempt from annual high stakes tests normally required for federal funding. Waiting for statement from NJDOE.

The district’s procedure for instituting remote learning days is as follows:

1) The Superintendent will receive a directive from health officials and/or the NJ Department of Education to close schools;

2) The community will be notified of school closing(s) and whether a virtual school day will be implemented using School Messenger (email, text), robocall, web page, and/or TV21 (cable and YouTube), etc.

3) Students will access their classes online each day

Elementary Student Directions

Intermediate and High School Student Directions

4) Students will connect with teachers and classmates and engage in learning activities from home.

Students who satisfactorily participate and provide acceptable work products will be counted as present. If a student has trouble connecting or participating, contact the teacher ASAP so the work may be provided. 

Please make sure your school principal is aware of any issues as far in advance as possible so she/he can arrange for help. We are actively working with a variety of providers to support homes without wifi technology.


Time Schedule for Logging into Your Teacher(s) Google Classroom

Elementary students will meet online from 10 AM to 2 PM: subject schedule determined by teacher as shown in their Google Classroom.

Intermediate students will use an "AB block" schedule from 9 AM to 1 PM following each student's normal sequence of classes, as follows:

Time
Mon (A)
Tue (B)
Wed (A)
Thur (B)
Fri (X) Week 2 and Beyond*
9-10 AM
Period 2
Period 6
Period 2
Period 6
9:00-9:30 Period 2;    9:30-10 Period 3
10-11 AM
Period 3
Period 7
Period 3
Period 7
10-10:30 Period 4;    10:30-11 Period 5
11-12 noon
Period 4
Period 8
Period 4
Period 8
11-11:30 Period 6;    11:30-12 Period 7
12-1 PMPeriod 5
Period 9
Period 5
Period 9
12-12:30 Period 8;    12:30-1 Period 9

*Intermediate South's schedule begins with first period and looks like the HS schedule below, beginning with Period 1

High school students will use an "AB block" schedule from 8 AM to 12 noon following each student's normal sequence of classes, as follows:

TimeMon (A)Tue (B)Wed (A)Thur (B) Fri (X) Week 2 and Beyond
8-9 AMPeriod 1Period 5
Period 1
Period 5
8:00-8:30 Period 1;    8:30-9 Period 2
9-10 AMPeriod 2
Period 6
Period 2
Period 6
9:00-9:30 Period 3;    9:30-10 Period 4
10-11 AMPeriod 3
Period 7
Period 3
Period 7
10-10:30 Period 5;    10:30-11 Period 6
11-12 noonPeriod 4
Period 8
Period 4
Period 8
11-11:30 Period 7;    11:30-12 Period 8

Roles and Responsibilities of Parents

Support your child in their learning process by:

  • Monitoring updates and checking in with your child daily about the virtual school learning tasks, activities, and assessments that they are working on.
  • Ensuring class participation during the virtual school check-in times offered by each of your children’s teachers.
  • Designating a place where your child can work on his/her assigned tasks.
  • Asking your child to provide a brief summary of the learning he/she is engaging in for each class to ensure their understanding of the content and of the process they are being asked to engage in to demonstrate their learning.
  • Asking your child about their deadline calendar and supporting them, as needed, in submitting assignments in accordance with the established deadlines.
  • Reminding or helping your child to contact his/her teachers if they have any questions.


Responsibilities of Students

  • Dedicate appropriate time to learning as guided by your teachers.
  • Check your teachers' Google Classrooms, Remind notifications, and/or emails for information on courses, assignments, and resources, on a daily basis.
  • Attend and participate in virtual school check-in times offered by each of your teachers.
  • Find/create a comfortable and quiet space to study/learn.
  • Contact your teacher if they have any questions.
  • If you are having difficulty accessing the internet please contact the Technology Department.
  • Submit all assignments that represent your own work and in accordance with provided timelines and/or due dates.  

Tutorial - Website for Parents 

How to navigate the district website to find important resources (text transcript)

Tutorial - Clever for Students

How to access Clever (text transcript)

Tutorial - Chromebooks for Students

Overview of Chromebook devices (text transcript)

Tutorial - Google Classroom for Parents and Students

How to utilize Google Classroom (text transcript)