MONROE – The Monroe Township School District has requested to begin the 2020-21 school year all remote through the first marking period, which ends Nov. 13.
Schools Superintendent Dori Alvich shared the request in a letter to parents and guardians on Aug. 20.
“I know that having students receive full-time instruction at home will create a burden for our families,” she said. “But from the beginning of this crisis, my No. 1 goal has been for the safety of our students and staff. I believe the fully virtual option for the beginning of the school year is our safest option. Up until the end of last week, it was not an option. The original guidance required that all school districts open with in-person learning.”
The Monroe Township School District transitioned to all-remote learning in March after it had to close its schools due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“The schools will be sharing specific information about class placements and what a virtual day will look like,” Alvich said. “There will be clear expectations for students and staff for all learning during the virtual and hybrid models. The first day of school for students will remain Sept. 3, but Sept. 3 and 4 will be four-hour sessions for students with in-service time for teachers in the afternoons.”
The next Monroe Board of Education meeting is on Aug. 26.
“I will continue to communicate with all stakeholders on a regular basis,” Alvich said. “We must do all we can to provide the safest options to ensure the health and safety of all staff and students.”
For more information, visit https://www.monroe.k12.nj.us/.