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Phase 2 Update Moving Forward & A Review

Hello Marlboro Community,
On October 19, 2020 we will begin Phase 2.
This means that all Hybrid Students can return to MTPS for four in-person half-days per week (M-T-R-F).
Wednesdays will continue to be a remote half-day of instruction for all students.
On October 12, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 187 which allows organized sports considered "medium risk" and "high risk" in the state to resume contact practices and games indoors with restrictions. MTPS is currently in the process of discussions of sports. We will communicate a finalized plan at a later date.

Guiding Principles for Phase 2

We developed Phase 2 with several guiding principles to consider.
1. Increase our days of in-person instruction.
2. Eliminate the simultaneous teaching of hybrid and remote students to the greatest extent possible, especially at our younger grades.
3. Provide equitable instructional time to both our hybrid and remote students.
4. Add additional layers of health and safety for our students and staff.
Our Phase 2 Plan accomplished these four goals.

Change from Hybrid to Remote Status

Any parent/guardian of a hybrid student wishing to change to remote status should notify building principals.

Remote Students Transitioning Back to In-Person Learning

Remote Students will not be permitted to transition until the beginning of the second marking period as originally communicated. MTPS will send a follow-up communication regarding the transition from remote to in-person from the building level.
I have received some questions about why. First, when we initially surveyed the community, it was clearly communicated that the choice for remote status would be for the entire first marking period. We are not allowing the change currently because we want to ensure the success of Phase 2. That means we will increase our days of in-person instruction for just hybrid students. Our remote students will be able to transition at the beginning of the second marking period. We must walk before we run. My goal is to open our schools to more days of in-person instruction and keep our doors open.

Full Plan/Scheduling Plan

You can click the buttons below in order to read the Phase 2 Full Plan and/or the description of the instructional schedule. Highlights are also listed below.
Click the link below for New Jersey's Road Back Plan

Phase 2 Instructional Highlights

K-5 hybrid and remote students will receive separate instruction for both ELA and mathematics.
K-5 hybrid and remote students will receive synchronous instruction for social studies/science and related arts.
All K-5 instruction for both cohorts will take place during the normal school hours.
All K-5 elementary students (both hybrid and remote) will receive five half-days of instruction.
The design of instruction in grades 6-8 will remain unchanged. Grades 6-8 will continue to learn synchronously on a half-day schedule. All 6-8 students (both hybrid and remote) will receive five half-days of instruction.

Elementary Hybrid K-3 Schedule

Elementary Hybrid 4-5 Schedule

Elementary Remote K-3 Schedule

Elementary Remote (4-5) Schedule

Middle School 6-8 Schedule for both Hybrid and Remote

As described above, the design of instruction in grades 6-8 will remain unchanged. Grades 6-8 will continue to learn synchronously on a half-day schedule. All 6-8 students (both hybrid and remote) will receive five half-days of instruction.
The specific middle school schedule will be shared with you at the building level.

Reentry Expectations for Phase 2

Portable Barriers

Our Barriers
Please note that MTPS will continue with the same PPE with the addition of portable barriers for each student and staff member.
MTPS will exceed the guidance from the The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools. The specific language is that schools should "consider" additional modifications including physical barriers between desks, turning desks to face the same direction, and/or having students sit on one side of a table. MTPS not only considered but implemented these three considerations.

PPE

MTPS has taken PPE extremely seriously. Please click below to see the list of PPE our district has for our students and staff. You can read MTPS Appendix E: Screening, PPE, and Response to Students and Staff Presenting Symptoms for a full list of our PPE. Please note that Phase 2 will continue to include the use of alcohol based hand sanitizer and proper hand washing.

Procedures for Hand Sanitizing/Washing

MTPS will prepare and maintain hand sanitizing stations with alcohol-based hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol). Such stations will be:
In each classroom
At entrances and exits of buildings
Near lunchrooms and toilets
In common areas
In any area that would necessitate the use of hand sanitizer

Face Coverings

In Phase 2, face coverings will still be required for students, and face coverings are always required for visitors and staff members unless it will inhibit the individual's health.

Temperature Checks

Our Temperature Check Machines
In Phase 2, temperature checks will continue to be conducted prior to entry into the building by all students and staff members.

Online Symptom Screener

As an additional measure, parents/guardians (of in-person students) and staff members will be required to complete an online symptom screener prior to each day of attendance (M-T-R-F). You will receive a separate email regarding the online symptom screener with directions and an explanation.

Isolation Area

Phase 2 will continue to have an established isolation area in each school. Any student or staff member exhibiting symptoms will be directed to this isolation area until they can be removed from campus.

Informing Our District

Parents/guardians are required to inform their building principal and school nurse of a child's close contact with a positive COVID-19 case and of a positive case for a student.

Our District Informing You

I have received a few questions about how and when our district will inform our community and staff of concerns.
We will inform the community and staff about positive cases of COVID-19.
The communications will not list whether the case was a student or a staff member. Individual privacy and confidentiality restrictions prevent us from sharing specific details.
We will communicate the building where the positive case took place and the general steps we took in conjunction with the Monmouth County Health Department. Please note that for every positive case in MTPS, we will form our specific plan working with the health department.
The health department will help us determine the "close contacts" that have come in contact with a positive case. Close contacts will then be contacted by contact tracers and our district.
Please note that our district will not notify the community in general of close contacts. We will only notify the staff and community for positive cases. Close contacts themselves will be contacted by contact tracers and our district.
We sent a communication regarding a positive case on Wednesday, October 14th. You can expect our district to send the same type of information for each positive case.

My Goal Is To Remain Open

Again, my goal as your superintendent is to keep our schools open. We can only accomplish this goal together. Please help us in notifying your school nurse and building principal of any possible close contact and/or positive case.

MTPS Travel Advisory

As you know MTPS is planning to increase the number of in-person days of instruction to four days beginning Monday, October 19, 2020. Also, MTPS is closed from Monday, November 2nd through Friday November 6th. I ask respectfully that you consider the greater good in any family vacation you plan to take during this time. Our goal is to open for four in-person days of instruction on October 19th, and then just two weeks later, when our schools close for one week, our plan could be compromised if our entire school community is not judicious with travel/contact choices. We have worked diligently to design our Phase 2 Plan in order to deliver more days of in-person instruction to hybrid students while delivering an equitable education to remote students.
New Jersey has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14-days after leaving the state. Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation. The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain "impacted states" identified as those that 1) have an average daily number of new cases higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or 2) have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day period. The advisory applies to travel from states that meet either of these levels.
Please note, as per the State’s guidance, quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. MTPS's position is the same. Therefore, I respectfully ask that if you are traveling to one of the states listed as the ”impacted states” and your child is currently an in-person student, that you quarantine your child and have him/her attend school remotely until Monday November 23rd. This date will then account for a 14-day quarantine period after a vacation to an “impacted state”.
Please notify your child’s principal if you will be traveling to an “impacted state” and would like to become a remote student for the quarantine period.
Every school district in the United States is desperately trying to deliver the very best education under pandemic circumstances. Please know, an outbreak can set our district back. Our goal is to move forward and remain open.
Lastly, I want to just take a moment and discuss my expectations for this year. This year will not be ideal in any way. We simply can't expect our usual outcomes. I see this as a parent of three children and as a superintendent. Unfortunately, we are living in a pandemic. MTPS will do our very best and will ALWAYS put forth our very best effort. Our staff are incredible. Our children are resilient. My goal as your superintendent is to make the best decisions (at the right time) for the system as a whole. We are certainly going to have set-backs. This will be unavoidable. I ask for your patience and kindness in navigating this very difficult year. If everything goes to plan, we will have opened our doors to in-person learning (4 days) by October 19th, and our remote students will then be able to return at the beginning of the second marking period. I know the circumstances are not ideal, and I realize that we all want more. We will continue to work tirelessly to provide the very best education for the children of Marlboro because they certainly mean something.

Please Click the Link Below to Navigate to our Full Plan and Appendices.

Please address any specific building questions to your building principals who will be able to assist you.
Sincerely,
Eric
Superintendent of MTPS
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Eric Hibbs
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