Children to be welcomed back to Bay Head School

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The Bay Head Elementary School Board of Education has presented a draft plan of the Restart and Recovery plan for September reopening. [FILE PHOTO/THE OCEAN STAR]

BAY HEAD — Bay Head Elementary School students will have the choice to receive in-person instruction or return to remote learning in September under draft plans presented Tuesday.

During the board of education’s July 28 meeting, members accepted the draft of the Restart & Recovery Plan to Re-open Schools. The plan has children and teachers returning to school for full days, five days a week, just as in past years, but with new health protocols in place.

“The basic overlay now is that we seem to have the OK to let the kids come back to school. Everyone will have a choice whether or not they want to send their kids to school or do at home learning,” President Benjamin Hinds said.

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“Our Restart and Recovery Plan is a fluid document and we would really appreciate it, if you do have any concerns or if there is something that comes to mind you think would be beneficial, to please not hesitate to email or call because I think this will be a group effort to deal with this process.

“I think the more people that we can have that are positively working with everyone else, it will be a much better situation.”

According to the plan, which officials said will be made available online, “current public health data has now allowed us to reopen schools for in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.  

“The following document is our road map for reopening. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our highest priority. COVID-19 is a fluid pandemic and change will be expected. This plan will help guide us during this important transition back to in-person instruction.

“The Bay Head School physical plant is well-suited to achieve the social distancing needed to protect our staff, students and families for the reopening 2020-2021 school year. A Restart and Pandemic Response Team has been established to oversee our re-opening and to respond to any unforeseen events during re-opening.”

“We are going to continue to work on it … and we are going to do a survey to get a read on how many kids might be coming in, returning online, and then as the rules change or the guidelines given to us change, we will adjust it accordingly,” Superintendent Peter Morris said.

According to the draft plan, for students and families who choose virtual learning, specific staff members will be designated as virtual instructors. 

For students returning to in-person instruction, temperature checks will be given upon arrival daily; all classroom configurations will have students facing the same direction; and students will eat lunch in their classrooms; among other guidelines addressed in the 76-page document.

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