The New Jersey Department of Education has charged districts with developing plans for instruction at home in the event that the school district needs to close due to a public health-related matter.
Over the past week, the Administrative team has collaboratively developed plans.
The goal is to keep the teaching and learning moving forward without having significant breaks in instruction. The District is equipped to provide a valuable learning experience for students through a virtual teaching/learning environment.
If we should be required by the New Jersey Department of Health or the Rutherford Board of Health to close the school district, we will follow a “virtual school day” schedule which will provide the necessary four hours of instruction plus additional independent learning activities/homework. Teachers and students will follow a single session schedule similar to what is used on one-session days.
The expectation for students is that they are doing the work for each subject during the scheduled periods. All teachers will be available during their regular teaching periods to answer questions online. Student attendance will be tracked electronically and online assignments will be assessed. Students in grades 6-12 have a Chromebook that they take home. Students in other grades will be given a Chromebook if they don’t have computer access at home.
Should a closure occur, instructions and guidance will be sent to parents and students.
As always, thank you for your ongoing support.
Jack Hurley, Superintendent of Schools