Sea Girt Elementary presents phased reopening plan

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SEA GIRT — Sea Girt Board of Education announced its plan to open to students at full capacity, five half-days a week on Thursday, Sept. 3 with additional safety measures in place.

Superintendent Rick Papera presented the district’s phased re-entry plan at a virtual meeting on Thursday, July 30 meeting. He noted, however, that the board will hold a special meeting next Thursday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. to determine which phase school will begin with in September.

As mandated by the state, parents who are uncomfortable with sending their children back to school may opt for virtual learning.

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“We are in this together. We want to maximize instruction and minimize risk in order to obtain our overarching goal — to have students to return to school full time without restrictions,” Mr. Papera said.

Under phase one, students will attend school from 8:20 a.m. to 1 p.m. The schedule will consist of six 42 minute periods. Mr. Papera added that the schedule will be frontloaded with core classes including reading and language arts, math, science and social studies.

After dismissal students will have a 50 minute lunch break and continue the school day virtually for special area classes.

Under phase two, students will attend full day sessions from 8:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Mr. Papera said the school day will consist of a more typical schedule with eight 42 minute periods, and additional staggered lunch and recess times.

A stakeholder feedback survey was sent out after the meeting and is due back by Wednesday, Aug. 5. The district is looking for feedback in regard to how parents feel about sending their children back to school, and if they would prefer to start school on Sept. 3 at phase one or phase two.

“We’ll use that information to then make a more informed decision on how we proceed,” Mr. Papera said. “At that [Aug. 6] meeting the board will vote on the plan, but we will factor in the feedback. That doesn’t mean that the feedback makes the decision, it just means that we value what you have to say.”

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