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August 19, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff Members:
At their meeting last night, the Montville Township Board of Education approved a revised District Reopening Plan for September 2020. This plan will now be submitted to the New Jersey Department of Education for review.
The following changes were made:
1. Middle and High School students will start the year in full-remote mode for all students.
The Board’s original plan was submitted to the NJDOE and found to meet all of the review checklist criteria for health and safety. We are delaying in-person instruction at the middle and high school levels due to staffing concerns. At MTHS there are 10 teachers and at Lazar there are 9 teachers who have requested accommodations which are permitted under the Federal Families First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Act (FFCRA). The district may accommodate the staff members by allowing them to teach remotely. In-order to provide supervision for the students who are attending school in-person and being taught by one of these “remote” teachers, we need to provide a replacement teacher or substitute in the classroom while the students are being taught by the remote teacher. To minimize cohort exposure, we are looking to have consistent substitute personnel to handle these assignments on the four days that students would be present in school. At the present time we do not have adequate substitute personnel to provide for this coverage in addition to the normal day to day absences that routinely occur throughout the school year. We are hoping to be able to attract an adequate number of substitutes to cover these positions as soon as possible. The process to obtain a substitute certificate typically takes between 4-8 weeks. While we have set November 2nd as our goal date of returning to in-person instruction at the middle and high school levels, we would make that shift back sooner if we are able to secure the necessary substitutes.
2. Full-Remote students at the elementary level will be assigned to a class at their “home school” rather than cross-district remote classes.
The district received a higher than expected number of students selecting the full time remote option. There were 1,015 total students across all grade levels selecting full-time remote. For the grade level breakdown, see the August 18th PowerPoint posted on the district website. Having the remote students assigned to their home schools will facilitate the transition for remote students who may elect to return to in-person instruction. The remote students will stream into their assigned class. Each class will have the teacher and another teacher or staff member assigned to help instruct, support, and manage the in-person and remote students.
Instruction at the elementary level will continue to be in-person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for early dismissal days. Wednesdays are virtual days.
3. MTHS Athletics
At the present time we are awaiting further direction from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association with regard to the fall practice and competition schedule (expected by August 28th or sooner). Our intent is to continue to run the fall athletic programs in accordance with the NJSIAA guidelines.
I greatly appreciate your patience as we navigate these difficult and fluid circumstances.
Please feel free to review the district plan and to access the Frequently Asked Questions document that is available on the district website at https://www.montvilletwpps.nj.schools.bz/Content2/1266.
René T. Rovtar, Ed.D.
Montville Township Superintendent of Schools