District Survey and Learning Model

District Survey and Learning Model
Posted on 03/24/2021
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District Survey and Learning Model

March 24, 2021
 
As noted in the Friday, March 19, Health and Safety Update, District administration has been reviewing more than 6,500 surveys submitted by WW-P parents and guardians. Of those surveys submitted, there were 1,585 change requests to All-In instruction (in-person 
instruction every day during Hybrid Week 1 and 2). Upon reviewing the requests, the District will be able to accommodate the overwhelming majority of these requests. Families who will be experiencing a learning model change will receive a direct communication from the building principal no later than tomorrow. Changes in learning models for those accommodated will go into effect April 12, 2021. For those families who have opted for the Hybrid model, the week of April 12 is Hybrid Week 1. Those families whose requests could not be accommodated will also receive a direct communication from a building administrator.  All learning models will continue to follow the early dismissal schedule followed by virtual instruction for all students in the afternoon.

While there are over 1,585 change requests to All-In instruction, over 6,000 WW-P students have selected to remain in an All-Virtual learning environment. WW-P families have also elected to remain on a Hybrid 1/2 week schedule. Those families who will remain with their current learning model will not receive a communication from building administrators. Their current learning model will remain unchanged.

Building administrators and staff have been working diligently to ensure that we can accept additional students safely into our schools. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance on social distancing requirements in classrooms. The revised CDC guidance states that most students may now sit 3 feet apart from one another instead of 6 feet, as long as they are wearing masks. However, the CDC continues to recommend 6 feet social distancing in common areas, when eating, during indoor activities (e.g., band practice and sports), and in settings outside of the classroom. 

TRANSPORTATION

Families that requested District transportation for their student(s) via the recent survey will find their updated bus information in Genesis by Friday, April 9.

HEALTH AND SAFETY REMINDERS FOR IN-PERSON STUDENTS

Parents and guardians must complete the Daily Health Screening form for your child(ren) each day they will be in-person. The form is located in the Genesis Parent Portal under the “Forms” tab. The form is posted each morning and should be completed by 7:15 a.m. for middle and high school students and 8:15 a.m. for elementary school students. Facemasks are required to be worn when on District grounds, in District buildings and on school buses. For more information from the CDC on selecting and wearing a mask, please click here. Neck gaiters and valve masks are not permitted for use on school grounds. Entrance to all WW-P school buildings is limited to only certain doors. These doors are equipped with thermal imaging systems that scan the temperature of all who are entering the building.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2021 – 2022

As we look ahead to the 2021 – 2022 school year, the school district anticipates two models of instruction. We have every expectation that WW-P will offer a full-day in-person learning environment beginning in September 2021. Further, the district anticipates allowing for parental choice of virtual instruction but this option would require a change in state law or the extension of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order. Clearly, our learning model may be impacted by the trajectory of the pandemic. The District will continue to make determinations grounded in the health and safety of our students and staff.  

CDC GUIDANCE: SUMMARY OF RECENT CHANGES

  • Revised physical distancing recommendations to reflect at least 3 feet between students in classrooms and provide clearer guidance when a greater distance (such as 6 feet) is recommended.
  • Clarified that ventilation is a component of strategies to clean and maintain healthy facilities.
  • Removed recommendation for physical barriers.
  • Clarified the role of community transmission levels in decision-making.
  • Added guidance on interventions when clusters occur.

For more detailed information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/operation-strategy.html

HEALTH PROTOCOLS

WW-P Schools continues to hold a strict adherence to our health protocols as informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health. When implemented with fidelity, the protocols work to limit possible exposure and spread of COVID-19. The below highlighted guidance is updated to reflect the update to the newly released CDC guidance. WW-P’s protocols include: 

  1. Completion of a Daily Health Screening form.
  2. Social distancing of at least six feet. REVISED TO 3 FEET PER CDC GUIDANCE March 19, 2021.
  3. Limited direct exposure within six (6) feet for more than fifteen (15) minutes during a (24) twenty-four hour period.
  4. Wearing of masks.
  5. Proper handwashing.
  6. Set-up of classrooms that limits contact between staff and students.
  7. High frequency cleaning.
  8. Practice good hand hygiene. Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer.
  9. Daily temperature checks.
  10. Hallways and restrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily.
  11. All classrooms, offices, and high touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected daily.
  12. Contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation.

We look forward to safely welcoming students for daily in-person instruction April 12. In order to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, we will strictly uphold our guidelines and protocols. Ensuring the safety of our school community requires everyone strictly following these updated guidelines.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Aderhold

Superintendent of Schools


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