District will continue half-day schedule following spring break

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Point Pleasant School District will continue with its five half-day learning schedule following the upcoming spring break. [DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant School District has no plans currently to transition to all remote following the upcoming spring break April 1 to 9.

“At this time we are going to continue with our five-day, half-day schedule. I know some districts looked at going remote coming off spring break but we are not doing that. I think most of the schools in Ocean County are not doing that,” Superintendent Vincent S. Smith told The Ocean Star this week.

In a recent letter to district families, Superintendent Smith spoke about the state’s mandatory quarantine measures that students would need to follow amid the break.

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“We are approaching the final stretch of the school year and I know many families enjoy their opportunities to travel during the spring recess. It is important to remember New Jersey still has a travel quarantine in place,” he wrote. “Traveling out of state requires you to be familiar with the mandatory quarantine relative to exclusion from school.

“Currently, students must quarantine for 14 days after returning to New Jersey from outside of the immediate region [New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware]. Students who travel during the spring recess will be able to return to school after quarantining for 14 days.”

Among other quarantine guidelines discussed in the letter, available to view on the district website, fully vaccinated high school students will be required to quarantine for 14 days following travel to a U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region and/or all international travel.

“Since all students may attend school virtually, we have an ideal solution for our families in that there is no need to send any child to school with symptoms. Also, the entire school community relies upon the completion of the Daily COVID Screening Form,” Superintendent Smith wrote.

“If the form is not completed honestly, the process is ineffective and puts us at risk of the unnecessary spread of COVID within our schools. I am proud that our mitigation strategies in our schools have been effective thus far, but without honest reporting and keeping children who are unwell home, those strategies will be less effective and potentially result in in-school transmission.”

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