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FRHSD Community Update - July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020

 

Dear Freehold Regional Community,

Creating a plan for reopening of schools in September has been a dynamic and evolving process. I would like to thank all the parents/guardians who participated in our recent parent survey which sought insight on your preferences for how students return to schools this fall. We received approximately 6,000 responses to our Fall 2020 Parent Survey which was emailed to our parents/guardians on July 9. The feedback you provided via the survey responses and through separate emails has been integral to our planning process. The Freehold Regional organized a Restart Committee, comprised of close to 80 individuals including parents, teachers, students, health professionals, and community leaders. This group met on June 18 and July 15 and will meet again in August to continue to address challenges and create solutions to ensure a safe and successful reopening of our buildings. Over the past few months, our preparation and planning for a safe reopening includes enhanced health and safety procedures, social distancing protocols, personal protective equipment acquisition and disinfection processes.  

The presentation from the Restart Committee’s July 15 meeting provides insight into the various reopening models that we are considering for September. These models include being fully open, a hybrid format, or being fully remote. You can also view the previous presentation from the Board of Education’s June 22 meeting to see the evolution of our plans.

To ensure our faculty are prepared for the opening, we have modified the 2020-2021 school year calendar. The first day of school for students will now be September 10 and schools will now be in session on October 12. September 9 will be utilized as a professional education day for staff members. Freshmen will attend a 9th Grade Orientation on either September 8 or September 9 according to a schedule which will be released by each principal.

I am confident in our ability to put forth a comprehensive educational plan that is in alignment with the safety guidelines presented by the CDC, Governor Murphy’s “The Road Back Plan," and local and state departments of health and education, while best meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. These guidelines will be adhered to by:

  • practicing social distancing,
  • requiring mask/face coverings,
  • taking daily temperature screenings,
  • submitting daily questionnaires,
  • utilizing the hand sanitizer stations, and
  • utilizing enhanced equipment & disinfecting solutions for daily cleaning.

We do ask that parents familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We also ask that you prepare your student for the new school year by practicing proper handwashing hygiene, get them acclimated with wearing a face mask, and ensure that a clean mask is ready for each day in our buildings. 

The past four months have been unprecedented and we recognize the magnitude of this situation and the impact our decisions will have on students, parents, and staff members. Our number one goal is to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff. With the changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, our plans are subject to change, but we will do our best to ensure continuity in the education of your children. 

Thank you for your continued strength, collaboration, and understanding.

Sincerely,

Charles B. Sampson, Ed.D. 

Superintendent of Schools