Sea Girt Elementary moves to next phase of reopening

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SEA GIRT — Sea Girt Elementary School has officially moved to phase two of the district’s reopening plan as of Tuesday, according to Superintendent Rick Papera.

“The first day seems to be going well,” Mr. Papera said, adding that the students were back in the building for lunch and in-person instruction in the afternoon.

Although phase two is not a complete return to normal, students have a more typical school day with eight instructional periods and lunch and recess.

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Lunch and recess times are staggered, however, and structured to accommodate social distancing. Special area classes also operate differently with teachers moving between classrooms rather than students.

Social distancing and mask rules are still in effect, and the remote learning option remains available to those who are uncomfortable or unable to return to school.

“This has been such a fluid situation,” Mr. Papera said of transitioning between reopening phases. “For right now we’re in phase two and I have a feeling we’ll be here for some time.”

Mr. Papera added that the district has not had any additional positive COVID-19 cases aside from the one at the beginning of the school year.