Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Ridgefield Park Board of Education

  On Monday 11-January the Ridgefield Park Board of Education held a special meeting for the district. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the district's plan to reopen the public schools for hybrid learning scheduled for Tuesday-19-January.  School Board President Mr. Chris Gibbons explained that the next scheduled Board meeting will take place on Wednesday-20-January, and the administration wanted to inform the Students, Parents and Staff of their decision in a timely manner. Mr. Gibbons also mention the sharp rise in positive  covid-19 cases in the Village over the pass few weeks. He then turned the meeting over to Superintendent Dr. Angela Bender.  
   One of Superintendent Bender's main point was to announced that all the Public Schools in Ridgefield Park will remain on virtual learning until further notice. She explained part of this decision was made using the latest data from the New Jersey Department of Health.  On their most recent report, it showed the entire State of New Jersey is again in the HIGH (or Orange) level of positive activity. The orange level has been in place since 14-November-2020 after 5 1/2 months of being in the Moderate to Low levels.  This virtual learning requirement will stay infect for the third marking period. If the levels return to the moderate level by mid February, and last 2 weeks, the Board will consider re-starting the Hybrid learning program then.
 Superintendent Bender also mentioned that the District is planning to start an evening class program so that Parents can have online class time with their Student at a more convenient time.  More details of this program will be announced at the next regular  Board meeting on Wednesday-20-January.  She also reviewed some data of the number of cases from withing the Schools building themselves. The Superintendent was joined by High School Nurse Ms. Erin Aguilar  who talked about some the recommendations from the Board of Health.  She said that anyone who maybe infected with the covid-19  virus can be contagious 2 day before symptoms are noticeable, and can transmit the virus  for up to 14 days. Ms. Aguilar added that testing is needed from 5-10 days after exposure. 
  Another subject Superintendent Bender talked about was the number of Families choosing the remote learning option. The results in the Elementary School had just over a 55% of the families wanting to continue with remote learning. Along with 3/4 of the High School Student body wanting to stay with remote learning. She continued to explained that the district has constantly been improving and adapting the remote learning system  so it can better meet the needs of the Students and their Teachers. Superintendent Bender said that the school district is also looking for the best, and safest way to teach the Special Needs Students.  She also invited the Parents that have any question about their Student classes, or other needs, to please contact the Administration of the school they attend  so they can find out about any help that is be available. 
   To find more information about the covid-19 learning plan, or other Student needs please visit their website at: https://www.rpps.net/ . The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday-19-January and will start at 7:30p. Online information will follow.

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