Hoboken provides options for schools

Onsite and remote learning offered

Students will return to school on Sept. 8 bringing life back to school halls that have been empty since March due to the pandemic.
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Students will return to school on Sept. 8 bringing life back to school halls that have been empty since March due to the pandemic.

Families will get to choose how their kids attend school in September as the Hoboken Public School District offers both full-day onsite and remote options.

Families must complete a Declaration of Intent for each child by Aug. 7.

On Oct. 9 they can change to the alternate option.

“As opposed to asking families to make a long-term commitment, I have determined that Declarations of Intent will be done on the basis of one-month time periods until the pandemic ends,” said Superintendent Dr. Christine Johnson.”

The new approach includes an executive summary and summaries of both options broken down for for grades and schools. Information is on the district’s website.

Onsite 

According to the onsite learning plans, the district will implement a daily pre-screening health questionnaire via an app for staff and students. Temperature checks will be done for staff and students who have not completed the questionnaire. If it is over 100, the individual must stay home. The district reserves the right to randomly temperature check even those who have completed the questionnaire.

Visitors will be discouraged from entering school buildings.

Staff, students, and visitors to any school buildings will be required to wear face coverings unless doing so inhibits the individual’s health. Social distancing will be observed everywhere possible.

Desk and table shields for will be provided for classrooms, and face shields for teachers and paraprofessionals.

In a classroom where social distancing is observed or desk or table barriers are used, face coverings may be removed when seated.

Schools will also have enhanced cleaning schedules.

“The district will make every effort to assign staff members who are at a higher risk for severe illness to remote learning and/or make medical leave information available,” according to the plan.

For information about each school, visit https://tinyurl.com/onsiteinstruction.

Remote learning

Grades K-8 will access remote learning plans via Google Classrooms Sundays by 7 p.m.

Weekly communications by a certified teacher will be sent with the schedule to parents and guardians to highlight the week’s plan.

Remote learning schedules for Synchronous Lessons (live, direct, teaching) will be held for English Langauge Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies daily for 30 to 45 minutes each.

45-minute Small Group Guided Practice Sessions (SGPS) of about 10 students in ELA, Math, and SGPS Social-Emotional Learning will be offered.

All live teaching will be recorded via Google Meets and saved for families who may not be able to log in to the session at the scheduled time.

Asynchronous (video, pre-recorded) lessons will be delivered in Physical Education, Art, Music, and World Languages.

Academic Support Clusters will be offered after school for students in need of additional teacher assistance.

The Remote model will offer outdoor Fitness/Wellness Sessions on Fridays. An adult must accompany the child.

Attendance will be taken daily via Google Forms. The link will come via a School Messenger email each day at 8:15 a.m. It must be completed submitted within 30 minutes.

High school students in this model will be linked to Edgenuity Courses and given synchronous and asynchronous lessons.

Certified Teacher Coaches will be assigned to remote learning students who will provide feedback and grading.

They will have office hours and academic support sessions; guidance teams will also be offered.

Attendance will be taken twice daily via Google Forms for sports and extracurricular activities.

Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will be available to all qualifying free or reduced lunch students.

“Since your child would remain on our rolls, state aid would not be lost,” Johnson said. “If an alternative is chosen such as private homeschooling or registering with a for-profit company or private school for the purpose of ‘pod’ learning, your child would need to dis-enroll from the district; resulting in the loss of state aid even if your child re-enrolls after the pandemic ends. We may not be able to guarantee placement back into the school that he/she is currently assigned to.”

For more information go to https://tinyurl.com/remotelearningchoice .

Pre-K hybrid model

“Our Office of Early Childhood Education was notified by the New Jersey Department of Education that all former Abbott Districts’ preschool programs must open in September using a hybrid learning model which includes a combination of onsite traditional learning and remote learning,” Johnson said.”The Public School District is mandated to direct our providers (HOPES and Mile Square) to design a schedule that meets these state requirements for PreK 3 and PreK 4 children.”

From Sept. 8 to Oct. 9 classes will be divided into Cohort A and Cohort B.

On Monday and Tuesday, Cohort A will be in school from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; on Thursday and Friday Cohort B will be in school from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and on Wednesday all students will be given remote instruction.

Face coverings are required unless doing so inhibits the individual’s health. Onsite attendance will be taken upon student arrival. On remote days, attendance will be taken via a Google Form at 8:30 a.m.

“We are also committed to providing families with the option of allowing their children to receive 100 percent of their education in a virtual learning environment at home instead of in a physical school building,” Johnson said.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/preklearningmodel.

According to Johnson, the district will shift to a hybrid or remote model for all students if there are spikes of COVID-19 cases.

For more information on both models go to https://tinyurl.com/hybridforall or https://tinyurl.com/remoteforall .

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