27 teachers in Point Boro ask to work remotely

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Point Pleasant Borough High School will be implementing curricula and training that will focus on fostering the whole student. [DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — More than two dozen members of the Point Pleasant School District faculty have requested approval to teach remotely at the beginning of the school year on Sept. 8, citing concerns about the coronavirus.

During the Aug. 24 meeting of the Point Pleasant School District Board of Education, the board approved the hiring of several teachers, long-term substitutes and other professionals, with Superintendent Vincent S. Smith telling members he expects several more hires will need to be approved even after school begins.

“In your packet tonight, you have the resumes of some staff members that we are hiring for long-term positions for your review,” he told the board members.

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“One thing I want to mention is we will probably have some additional hires coming through … and that is due to some requests that we are receiving from some of our employees, so we are working on those requests and reviewing each and every one, and they are from teachers, paraprofessionals and secretaries.

“We are reviewing those based on the law, based on anything per the PPEA [Point Pleasant Education Association] contract, and these are being reviewed by myself and our board attorney, her partners who are involved in employee law … We’re thoroughly reviewing each and every one, so there might be some need to get additional staff. 

“Many of these requests that employees have submitted are requesting that they could teach remotely and we have been granting those,” Mr. Smith said.

According to the superintendent, more than a dozen requests have been approved to date.

“We have had 27 requests in. Sixteen have been approved and two have been denied and then there are nine pending that are under review,” Mr. Smith said.

While officials continue to review the requests, the board of education adopted a resolution approving the district’s Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools for fall 2020.

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