Please review the information listed below as well as the enclosed materials:
To start the 2020-2021 school year, students attending school in person will be assigned to two cohorts, which we have titled Bulldog and Blue. The Blue cohort will attend school in person on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Bulldog cohort will attend school in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cohorts will alternate on Fridays. This will limit the number of students in the building at a given time. It will ensure that social distancing will occur as much as possible. Students and staff will also be required to wear a face covering throughout the day. Classrooms will also look different as the custodial staff has worked extremely hard to ensure desks are six feet apart.
The first day of classes for the Bulldog cohort students will be Tuesday, September 8 and for the Blue cohort students the first day of classes will be Wednesday, September 9. Homeroom assignments will be posted at building entrances. Homeroom begins at 7:55 am, students will receive their schedules at that time, and will follow the “A Day” schedule.
Students who decided to attend fully remote must do so until at least the end of phase 1, October 16.
For the start of 2020-2021 school year, we will be running a one-session day schedule with our four-day rotating block schedule. The assigned days will be scheduled A, A, B, B, C, C, D, D, etc. This is to better meet the academic needs of students in both cohorts. There will be no lunch period scheduled as students will be dismissed at 12:18 p.m.
At Union Middle School, the doors open at 7:50 a.m. and the school day begins at 7:55 a.m. with homeroom. You may begin dropping-off your children anytime after 7:45 a.m. There will be no dropping off of students on Union Avenue. There will be no courtesy bussing this year. Student drop-off/pick up can occur on Belford Avenue and Springfield Avenue. When students are dropped-off on Belford Avenue and Springfield Avenue, the student must exit the car near the sidewalk and walk to the entrance door. Parents should not leave the car.
Your child must report to the following door in the morning:
GRADE ENTER BLUE
Grade 7 A-FI (Last name) Door 6: Springfield Ave. door nearest Union Ave.
Grade 7 FL-V (Last name) Door 5: Springfield Ave. doors nearest Cooper Place
Grade 8 A-D (Last name) Door 4: Playground doors
Grade 8 E-Z (Last name) Door 2: Belford Ave. doors nearest Cooper Place
*Please note that the number is located above the door.
GRADE ENTER BULLDOG
Grade 7 A-PA (Last name) Door 6: Springfield Ave. door nearest Union Ave.
Grade 7 PE-Z (Last name) Door 5: Springfield Ave. doors nearest Cooper Place
Grade 8 A-PA (Last name) Door 4: Playground doors
Grade 8 PE-Z (Last name) Door 2: Belford Ave. doors nearest Cooper Place
*Please note that the number is located above the door.
HOMEROOMS ARE LISTED ON THE PARENT PORTAL AND STUDENT PORTAL
During phase 1 (ending October 16) students will not be permitted to use lockers both in the hallway or in the gym locker rooms. As with everything in our Return to School Plan, this will be evaluated at the end of phase 1.
Advisory program will be running for the second year. Advisory is a 30-minute block of time during which a small group of students will meet with their teacher/advisor. The purpose of this time will be to connect students with staff members, providing social-emotional and academic support, while also fostering a sense of community. Discussions will be focused around age appropriate topics based on character standards and real world topics relevant to middle school students.
Positive Behavioral Supports in School (PBSIS) has been an excellent program that will be in it’s third year. To support the development of positive school climate practices, the NJ PBSIS team uses a multi-tiered intervention model, known as School-wide Positive Behavior Support in Schools to address the continuum of behavior, conduct and climate needs present in schools. Through the PBSIS training and technical assistance on school-wide positive behavior support, schools develop an integrated system that:
Promotes and encourages positive social behavior and climate school-wide; Applies function-based problem solving to address the needs of students engaging in repeated behavior problems; and Engages staff in routine reflection and data-based decision making to guide intervention planning decisions.
The Parent Portal will be open to all parents. The portal allows you to view your child’s grades, attendance, cohort group and homeroom. We will remind you in the middle of each quarter to check your child’s progress. We no longer distribute report cards in school. You will be notified of the date quarter grades are finalized. At that point, you may check the Parent Portal for the electronic grade report. Please contact the guidance office if you do not have Internet access and we will mail progress reports and report cards to you.
The 2019-2020 school year did not end the way anyone could have predicted. We had days when students were asked to return any school materials that they had in their possession. We are asking all students to bring any school issued materials they might still have at home on the first day of school.
In June all students received individual course lists for 2020-2021. No schedule changes will be made after school opens in September.
Back to School Night will be held virtually this school year. More information will be available as we approach the date.
Although June is a long way off, we remind you that the attendance policy is in force the entire year.
Our Handbook is available online. Please review and familiarize yourself with updated policies and procedures regarding attendance, dress code, substance abuse, fighting (violence), bullying/harassment, as well as other rules/regulations. These rules help us create a safe and effective learning environment.
I encourage you to review the staff directory on our website to become more familiar with the various departments and staff members.
Please visit rutherfordreopening.com for more information regarding the reopening of school and more specifics about the Rutherford Public Schools return to school plan. After our school reopens, we will be communicating any further information that needs to be addressed including phase 2.