BELMAR — Starting next week, students in cohorts A and B at Belmar Elementary will be able to attend school together on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, administrators announced in a letter to parents.
Previously, students attending in-person education were divided into the two cohorts, with cohort A attending in-person instruction on Monday and Thursday while cohort B would attend virtual sessions. The process was reversed on Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesdays all students attend classes virtually.
“We are pleased to inform you that we are able to move forward with our plan to have both A and B cohorts attend in-person school together beginning Monday, Sept. 28,” Superintendent David Hallman, Principal Sarah Wilton and Supervisor of Special Services Lauren Vasile informed parents in a letter on Tuesday.
The letter detailed that all desks will have a clear partition to “maintain a safe environment” for students. Staggered times for arrival and dismissal at the school will continue.
On Oct. 14, the district will begin to allow students into the school building on Wednesdays for in-person instruction.
“Once we evaluate the in-person learning five days a week, we will then start to consider the possibility of increasing the length of our school day,” the letter continued. Currently students are in the school building for half of the day.
“Please know that this plan is fluid and can change depending on current state and local guidelines. We will continue to keep you updated with any changes to the plan.”
Students taking the district’s full remote learning option will remain virtual until Nov. 12, which is the end of the first marking period. A new registration form for remote learning will be sent to parents for the second marking period at the end of October, the letter said. The school will hold its first virtual back-to-school night on Thursday, Sept. 24. Parents will be emailed that afternoon with directions on how to access teacher presentations.
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