Brielle Elementary to enter next phase of reopening plan

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BRIELLE — Brielle Elementary School will move from phase two to phase three of the district’s reopening plan beginning Monday, Sept. 28, Superintendent Christine Carlson announced in a letter sent out to parents Wednesday.

The letter also states that the original plan for phase three was to include in-person instruction for students in preschool through third grade, however, it has been expanded to include fourth and fifth grade students, as well.

Under this new phase, the students will attend school for four half-days a week, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Dismissal time will continue to be 12:50 p.m., and Wednesdays will remain as a virtual learning day for all students.

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In her letter, Ms. Carlson stated that the recommendation was made by the reopening committee, taking into consideration a number of factors including: adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, use of personal protective equipment, the health of the community and the completion of daily health screening forms.

Ms. Carlson told The Coast Star Monday that the recommendation to the board was approved without the need for a special meeting and board vote, per the board attorney’s advice.

The decision follows last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting which was held in the school’s all purpose room in a return to in-person meetings.

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