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District Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

August 6th, 2020

As of this writing, the Ewing Schools is moving forward with our “Restart and Reentry Plan” that was approved by the Board during the July 27th meeting.  We will, of course, continue to monitor the public health conditions and consult with stakeholders with relevance and expertise and adjust our plan if deemed appropriate.

The current plan consists of offering a dedicated fully-remote Virtual Learning Program, a blended virtual/in-person hybrid A/B day approach at the secondary level, and a revised full-day program at the elementary level consisting of Instructional and Enrichment Academies emphasizing small-group instructional pods.

As of the current time, student enrollment in our Virtual Learning Program is as follows:

EHS:  321

FMS:  280

AES:  200

LES:  175

PES:  104 

District Total:  1,080 

A number of questions related to the reopening have been submitted to us by school community members.  Please review: 

Will all students and teachers be required to wear a face mask in school?

Yes, our district reopening plan requires that all students, teachers or visitors who enter the building are expected to wear a mask/face covering at all times.  The only time face masks will be allowed to be removed will be during a designated outside activity such as physical education or an elementary enrichment academy class under strict teacher supervision.

What is the discipline procedure for students who removes or refuses to wear a face mask?

Students are required to wear masks.  It is mandated. There will be consequences if a student does not wear a mask, including removal from the classroom, parent contact, disciplinary action, and potentially being moved to virtual instruction.

What are the consequences for students who won't follow social distancing rules and/or wear a mask?

Due to the highly problematic nature of asymptomatic carriers, the only appropriate way to act in a public setting during the COVID-19 public health crisis is to behave like anyone you come into contact with can potentially be a carrier.  So mask wearing and social distancing is a must. As noted above, there are consequences for those who not follow these mandates.

How do staff members protect themselves from COVID-19?

The best protection we have in a school setting against the spread of COVID-19 is the effective use of PPE including the wearing of masks, social distancing and proper hygiene.

Can I wear “scrubs” or a medical uniform to teach my students?

Yes, if that is what you choose to do.

How do you ensure staff is protected if a staff member or student acquires COVID-19?

We will immediately consult with public health officials.  A number of staff members have been trained in contact tracing and New Jersey Department of Health/Labor procedures.  It could result in a teacher or students being quarantined, or a school being shut down and pivoting to virtual instruction for a period of time, based upon certain conditions.

Will Chromebooks continue to be provided to students to use at home? If so, are they expected to bring the Chromebook back and forth from home? Doesn't this decrease the amount of Chromebooks available in school?

The Ewing Schools is now a “One to One” school district.  Students will be provided their own individual technology device to support their learning.

How is our curriculum going to change to accommodate rotations?

Supervisors will provide departments and grade level guidance to support implementing the curriculum in the academy rotation schedule at the elementary level.

Will teachers be expected to produce two sets of plans: one for class and another for Virtual Learning?

Teachers in our in-school educational programming are expected to continue submitting lesson plans for their assigned courses.  At the secondary level, the planning should reflect a virtual component for the students who are working remotely during the hybrid scheduling.

There are rumors that we are switching to the Learning Management System Canvas. How much advanced notice and/or training will we receive on this new platform? Will we be expected to do that on our summer break?

Yes, we will be transitioning to the Learning Management System Canvas.  Google Classroom is compatible with Canvas and we may begin only with Google Classroom and transition to Canvas. Staff will receive training on the new LMS system prior to implementation. Training will be provided beginning in September 2020.  There will also be voluntary training sessions made available to teachers prior to the opening of school.

To what extent will we be able to supply materials such as textbooks, novels, calculators, and so forth to students?

Regardless of the implemented approach, there will be a distribution process for key supplies and learning materials to our students.

When will department supervisors reach out regarding expectations as far as curriculum, planning accordingly, etc.? On a similar note, what will evaluations look like?

As staffing and scheduling is finalized in August, supervisors and administrators will clarify expectations and provide support to staff. When instruction is provided in-person, the district will continue following the established evaluation process. We are waiting for Department of Education (DOE) guidance for staff who are teaching solely in a virtual learning.

When will the district survey students to determine how many are opting into all-virtual?

The district has been accepting email notice of Virtual Learning Program 2.0 (VLP) registration since early July. A confirming registration form through Genesis was sent to families August 3rd with a closing date of August 7th to finalize their choice of educational programming.

How will hall duties work? Will teachers still be expected to man the bathroom sign in?

Each building will establish the duty schedules and distribute to staff.  All staff assignments will emphasize social distancing and staff safety.

What will the students do during the outside setting? 

Many aspects of our elementary school Enrichment/SEL Academy will take place outside through the early fall. Enrichment classes include: art, music, Media Center, technology and Physical Education (PE). Also students’ may participate in reading/math games, SEL lessons, ACE/AIM extension and recess outside. 

Will each student have his/her own Chromebook? 

Yes, students will be provided an individual technology device to support their learning.

At the elementary level, will students remain socially distant in their "pod"?  What will reading and writing groups look like?  How will they play math games?  Is the normal curriculum and teaching strategies we use going to have to change? 

By limiting the instructional pods to 8-12 students, social distancing can be achieved in the classroom. When in the classroom math games can be played by the whole group, directed by the teacher or through a web-based activity. When implementing the current curriculum, instructional strategies will need modification to support social distancing and the opportunities created by students having an individual technology device.

Can teachers in person 'flip' their classrooms?  Having students watch videos and instruction at home for homework and do practice in class to minimize transfer of air and water droplets containing the virus? 

Yes, a flipped classroom approach is a best practice at the secondary level when students have access to an individual technology device. Through department meetings, content supervisors will share instructional strategies to use in a blended learning environment.

Will students all be getting laptops, a mouse and headphones? 

Students’ in grades 2-12 will receive a Chromebook for daily use.

Can all homework be done on laptops/digitally? 

Students in Grades 6-12 can submit their assignments digitally through their device when in school or at home, but flexibility should be embraced for students during the remote learning phase. 

Will teachers be given in-depth training? 

As we move to providing instruction in a blended learning environment, training will be provided on the new resources available to teachers. Our professional development training will look different in the future to include, virtual webinars, pre-recorded trainings and live virtual/online sessions.  It is anticipated that most trainings will be available in an online setting. Since many states have imposed quarantine restrictions when travelling out of state, many vendors are only offering a virtual/online training experience. 

Do we have an option of teaching virtually if we do not have a medical condition? 

All requests to teach in the Virtual Learning Program must be submitted to the Human Resource department.  Priority will be given to teachers who have a documented medical condition that would make teaching in school problematic at this time, but there may be other opportunities to be an instructor in the VLP. 

Can learning inside be mostly computer based in order to prepare students for a possible virtual learning experience again? This would cut down on sharing books, math supplies, and other learning tools. Teachers are also short on supplies due to not ordering last year. Teachers may also feel uncomfortable using copy machines knowing that it will expose them to many classrooms. 

When students are in the building, teachers should employ a blended learning approach where technology resources and tools are integrated into the instruction. Utilizing a blended instructional approach with the expanding digital resources will assist with a smoother transition if we return to a fully virtual learning model.

Will in-person teachers be expected to give homework?  I do not want to touch papers that go home each day. 

Recent studies on COVID-19 suggest that the risk of surface spread of the virus is extremely low.  That being stated, there are a variety of options for students to submit work including digital submissions and students uploading a photo of the assignment. 

Where will Elementary Enrichment Academy students store their belongings while outside?

Each instructional pod will have a designated area determined by each building administrators.

Where will Chromebooks get stored when the student is in “outside” setting?

Students will store their technology device in the classroom when outside for the Enrichment/SEL Academy.

Will students be taking the Chromebook home daily? 

Students in grades 6-12 will take home their device daily.

What happens to "outside" setting on inclement weather days? Or if the temperature is above 85 and we have kids/staff suffering heat exhaustion? What happens if this crisis continues past October when the weather grows cold? 

Each elementary building has established socially-distanced secondary sites for instructional pods when inclement weather requires an “indoor” setting for the outside Enrichment Academy. 

When the "plan" is not going according to plan, will teachers be asked for feedback and will we be able to make changes?

Each building will have a Pandemic Team who will review and make suggestions to procedures being implemented in the building.

Currently a lot of the elementary curriculum includes partner/group work.  Who will be modifying the curriculum to help teachers figure out what to do during their lessons? 

The spring virtual learning time taught us that not all instructional practices translate well into the virtual learning environment, as will be the case with a socially-distanced classroom. Conversely, there are many strategies that will be easier to implement (flipped classrooms, discussion postings, etc.) that will be suitable to implement when students have individual devices.  Supervisors have been working this summer to develop strategies to assist daily instruction. These strategies will be shared throughout grade level and department meetings.

How are they going to staff these smaller class sizes? Will EIS teachers be moved to classroom teachers? If so, when will we be notified? Will we be trained on the programs that we have not taught in years? Will we receive materials and supplies to outfit a classroom that we currently do not have? 

The emphasis at the elementary level will be the health and safety of the students and the reality that our youngest students should be in school and not behind a screen at home all day.  This will require the embracing of a new approach and some new assignments within a teacher’s certification area.  Administrators and supervisors will provide support and guidance to teachers who may be in a new assignment. 

We never put supply orders in for the upcoming school year.  When will that take place? 

Supply orders will be submitted after teacher assignments are confirmed. 

What should a typical lesson look like when we are meeting for 45-60 minutes every other day? How many lessons should be covered and how much work should be assigned? 

We will need to rethink our instructional approach from covering a set number of lessons to establishing a set of skills or concepts that students will gain from participating in the course. There will be an adjustment in how we think about instruction in a blended rotation schedule. Teachers will provide instruction and give students the opportunity to demonstrate their initial understanding of the skills and content taught. On the virtual learning day, students will continue their learning by reinforcing the skills and concepts from the in-person instruction or applying their new knowledge to another problem. It is also an opportunity for students to work independently and receive feedback from teachers.

With all the stress and distraction involved in trying to follow the protocols, not to mention fear of getting infected, has anyone considered online instruction actually might be the best option? 

The Department of Education mandated that each district open its schools and develop a plan that includes in-person instruction. We were told that if schools were not open to students, it could not count as an official day of school towards the 180-day mandate. The ability to solely offer education to all students through a fully virtual model has not been granted to districts at this time. We are aware that some districts are pursuing this model, while others are opening up without restrictions or a blended approach.  It will be interesting to see what the Department of Education allows and/or endorses.  We will obviously monitor the public health climate carefully.  Our planning will allow us to pivot to a fully virtual model fairly effectively.

What are the expectations and regulations on in class activities for students? Can students share any materials for STEAM instruction? What will be the safety rules for the use of classroom materials? Or will all work be completed on Chromebook? 

The goal is to minimize opportunities for students to touch items that do not belong to them. All learning tasks should provide students with individual resources such as manipulatives, pencils or other items. Completing work through a digital platform is encouraged.  

Incoming 6th graders are usually overwhelmed in normal circumstances. Will 6th grade teachers have additional planning time prior to the start of school to develop cohesive, efficient ways to help transition the 6th graders? (Logins, schedules, etc.?) 

We understand that many students may feel overwhelmed returning to school after a six-month absence from being in the building. Focusing on the social emotional well-being of students is crucial. This includes building a trusting relationship with students, creating a positive classroom learning environment and establishing routines and procedures. Similar to the first few weeks of school when in the building, taking the time to do these three things continues to be important and valuable to future learning.

When will department supervisors reach out regarding expectations as far as curriculum, planning accordingly, etc.? On a similar note, what will evaluations look like? 

Many departments at the end of the 2019-2020 school year developed matrix which listed content covered and content that would be reviewed at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. This information was used to determine PD needs for this school year. During the district professional development days, department meetings are scheduled so supervisors and building administrators can provide information and training about curriculum and planning expectations. 

In PE what are our parameters for using equipment - balls, Frisbees, flags, racquets, etc.? 

There should be an innovative and holistic approach to the return of physical education to our reopened schools. Focus should be on students’ mental health as well as physical well-being. We want to minimize students sharing equipment and emphasize social distancing. This will be part of the September professional development workshops for PE teachers. There are models from other districts that will be shared at that time. 

Will the gyms be used for PE, or will other subjects use the gym for social distancing? Will PE be outdoors daily? 

We envision PE instruction being equipment less and socially distanced to promote a safe learning environment. In some buildings, the gym may be used for other social distancing classroom purposes. When possible, outdoor PE classes are encouraged.

What training will be provided to teachers? 

Our opening of school training/professional development will cover: Health and Safety during the reopening, District Technology Enhancement/Teaching Virtually Effectively, Student and Staff Social/Emotional Wellness. 

Will the electives be held every day? (FMS) 

Electives/enrichments will be held daily. An adjusted schedule is being developed.

How will a sub shortage be handled? Will subs be assigned to certain buildings instead of changing buildings every day? How will the district ensure they have enough sub coverage to fulfill absentee teachers/aides while "re-opening" during a pandemic? 

We will all have to work together collaboratively and collectively during this time to meet the needs of our students.  Having skilled substitute teachers available has always been a challenge, and will continue to be a challenge. We are striving to address this concern.

How will AM Vo-tech students be able to attend blocks 3 & 4? 

The Vo-Tech school is working with each district to determine how to scheduled students. 

What duties will need to be addressed? What ones do we need and who will do it? How will hall duties work? Will teachers still be expected to man the bathroom sign in? 

Each building/grade span will address the duty schedules as always: arrival, dismissal, bathroom etc.  We will emphasize social distancing and safety in the carrying out of duties. 

When is my prep time? Duty? 

Each building is developing student and staff schedule as part of the summer time work. Schedules will be distributed in August.  Duty and Prep will be allotted per contract. 

Will secondary students remain with the same group all day or will they be mixing in with more than 10-12 kids since they have more than one teacher? 

At the middle school, the goal is to maintain small cohorts for as much of the school day as possible. At the high school, students will be scheduled in small groups for the A/B rotation. A staggered transition schedule will be in place for students to transition to the next instructional block.

Will the amount of classes I’m teaching change? 

The amount of classes that you teach will align with the parameters set in the contract. 

Wouldn't it be safer to have students’ alternate weeks of in-person/virtual rather than alternate days? 

Each return to school schedule has it positives and challenges. When reviewing potential schedule models this was considered and determined to present a high number of challenges for our community. 

For electives with less than 10 students, is it possible to have them all in person on the same day? 

Schedules will be refined after seeing the number of students registered for the in-person program and the virtual program. This will determine the environment in which courses will be provided. 

Will Science and Social Studies still be done by semester or will Science and Social Studies teachers see all the students all year long given the A/B schedule?

 Science and Social Studies at Fisher Middle School will continue to be delivered in a semester based format. 

Are teachers allotted a lunch time? Or is that part of the office hours? 

All teachers will have a scheduled lunch outside of the office hour time. 

Will we still be doing emergency drills? How do we socially distance and lay on the floor in the dark during intruder drills? 

Some drills have been waived during the public health crisis, but we will still have to integrate certain state-mandated drills.  Obviously we will have to make some adjustments as we emphasize social distancing.  

Are teachers sharing classrooms like previous years?  

Staff room assignments are being adjusted as the number of students returning to the in-person program is shifting. We are working to minimize staff room movement. 

Will transition times be scattered to limit the number of students in the hallway at a time? What will traffic look like in the hallways to social distance and with teachers standing at their doors in between classes? 

Remember, at the secondary level, only half the students will be in school each day.  Furthermore, many students have selected the Virtual Learning Platform option and will not be in school.  Administrators will put plans into place to emphasize social distancing and safe passage during passing. 

If we will see three classes each day, how long will those classes be?  What will our in-class hours be and our virtual hours be?  And since we will be doing double duty--in class and virtual each day--(without lunch/prep?) will we be compensated appropriately? 

The instructional time at Fisher Middle School and Ewing High School is approximately 60-64 minutes. Teacher schedules will include three blocks of instruction including a prep time with lunch occurring after dismissal, and then virtual office hours. At this time, teacher assignments do not require simultaneous in-class and virtual teaching, but we encourage innovative ways to embrace an effective blended instructional approach to provide a beneficial educational experience for our students. 

Should we need to go back to all virtual learning, could there be a more structured schedule required for our students and staff in order to better support students? For example, an hour dedicated to each subject daily with a minimum of two days with Zoom or Google Meet or at least require students to be online between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM? 

We are looking to provide synchronous (scheduled) learning in the virtual learning program. A minimum of three whole class sessions, one small group meeting and one recorded posted lesson per week. All instruction will be provided during the buildings school hours. 

Am I teaching virtually (live) and in person each day or is the group that is home working on their own that day? 

A classroom will be divided into two cohorts, A and B. On the in-person day, the A student cohort are in-person with you and B student cohort is working independently at home on the learning assignment you provided on their in-person instruction day. On the next day, the student groups will switch. 

If a component of our instruction is virtual, what resources will we have? Most of the platforms I used during the closure were free and have now returned to a for-fee subscription model. I teach three grades and four content areas and academic levels from PreK to grade-level. Will I have the resources I need? 

The district has invested in several platforms: Nearpod, Mystery Science, Learning A-Z and other resources that will provide additional digital resources. 

When and how will students be taught the general expectations of online learning? (video lesson etiquette, work completion expectations, self-motivating, posting in google classrooms, etc.?) Will it be taught school-wide, or provided in writing ahead of time? 

A statement will be added to the syllabus to emphasize student expectations and several districtwide communications will be distributed. 

Are teachers required to hold live video conferences with students? If so, what are the requirements? Weekly? Daily? As needed? And what protections do teachers have in the event of video hacking, seeing something during a video that is inappropriate, or seeing something in a student's home? 

We are looking to provide synchronous (scheduled) learning in the virtual learning program. A minimum of three whole class sessions, one small group meeting and one recorded posted lesson per week. All instruction will be provided during the buildings school hours. 

Teachers should follow the district and building discipline procedure for any inappropriate behavior whether in the school building or in a virtual setting. 

Will there be training to standardize all virtual learning for all teachers or is it ad hoc like the Spring? 

There will be additional training to support a blended and fully virtual teaching approach. Technology based and instructional strategies for virtual learning workshops will be available in August and during the district professional development days in September. Also, trauma infused practices and health and safety protocols. 

Will the virtual program provide enough academic rigor? 

In the spring, we had to quickly pivot to a virtual learning platform as a result of a crisis.  We learned a lot, and expectations will be considerably higher for rigorous instruction. While the delivery of instruction will occur in a virtual environment, the curriculum content will remain the same as the in-person program. The strategies teacher use to promote learning and means for students to demonstrate their new knowledge will be different in the virtual environment but just as rigorous as the in-person program. 

What courses cannot effectively run virtually (STEM Courses, Art, Performing Arts?) 

The district has new instructional resources to support the STEM courses at the high school. The performing arts will be modified and delivered in a virtual environment through small group ensemble lessons. Visual arts will also be adjusted and some materials will be provided to students to work in the virtual environment. 

Can I still give tests? 

Assessments anchored in the skills/concepts taught in the in-person or virtual learning program are permitted. Consideration should be given to the format of the assessment. 

How many assignments a week? So students do not fall behind. 

Transitioning to a hybrid and virtual learning format provided an opportunity to rethink our grading practice. As such, each department will create an assignment menu plus determine the number graded assignments for the three grading categories: Learning activities, Practice activities and Formal assessments. 

Are the hours the same as last year (9:00AM - 1:30PM?) or will they be aligned to the building schedule. 

Teacher Virtual Learning Program hours will be aligned with their building’s school hours. 

What will be the class size for a virtual teacher? 

The virtual class size will be similar to our in-person class size. 

Is there an expectation of SEL lessons or support? 

What are the grading expectations? (same/different as this spring?) 

At the secondary level, each department will create an assignment menu plus determine the number graded assignments for the three grading categories: Learning activities, Practice activities and Formal assessments. The weighting for each category will be standardized across the district. During the September district professional development day, supervisors will collaborate with their department to review current assessment, align with the three grade categories creating a menu of assessments for each course.

 Has the administration focused on building a stronger virtual learning curriculum that better meets the needs of all students, this summer? 

At end of the school year, supervisors collaborated with each department to establish primary learning targets for this school year. Additional digital resources were purchased for several departments and course which will facilitate a stronger and rigorous virtual learning environment. 

What are the expectations for students to attend classes virtually? 

Students are expected to attend class and complete the posted assignments. 

Why a new LMS platform when we just mastered Google Classroom?  Can the new LMS platform be used with Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Forms, Google screen?  We made up virtual materials in Google Drive last spring that we would like to use. 

Teachers will be able to connect the Google Classroom to the LMS system and over time transition to using the LMS to deliver instruction. 

How will virtual teachers be evaluated this year? 

The district is awaiting guidance from the DOE regarding the evaluation of teachers in the virtual setting. 

Will sanitizers be provided for all classes? 

Yes, some form of hand sanitizer will be available. 

Do we need to remove all soft furniture (fabric surfaces) as they are not able to be sanitized quickly and easily?  If so, where will they be stored, for example some computer lab chairs and library furniture.  What about large pieces of fabric furniture?        

 Furniture will be moved to storage/Gusz or caution tape will be placed on it to indicate it cannot be used. 

As a teacher who sees many students in a day, will my classroom be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily?            

 Yes, with the use of new cleaning, highly effective cleaning equipment. 

Will the school be closed one day a week for increased cleaning like other districts?    

Not necessary, we purchased new cleaning equipment that will essentially provide a daily disinfectant and sanitization. We were also informed that if school is not open for students, it would not count towards the 180-day mandate for schooling. 

Will there be deep cleaning done each night?  

Yes, with the use of new cleaning equipment.

 How will classroom teachers be assured that the air quality in the classroom is good? 

Indoor air quality will be monitored. All HVAC equipment has been inspected for proper operation. We have added an upgraded filter to all unit ventilators and equipment that utilizes air filters. 

Will PPE be provided for staff and students? Will there be Plexiglas barriers available for students' desks?       

Yes, all teachers will be provided with PPE.  A limited numbers of Plexiglas barriers are available when deemed appropriate. 

Will the district be providing PPE to staff daily and back-up for students if they forget their masks?       

Yes 

Will there be any changes in improving our HVAC system prior to the fall?  I'm concerned for the air quality control and ventilation.     

 Yes. Some HVAC improvements have already taken place through our Referendum projects. 

What HVAC improvements have been made over the summer?            

 The district replaced chillers at Parkway, Antheil, and Fisher. EHS and Lore repairs have been made where needed.  New highly effective filters have been put in place. 

Bathroom and hall passes are high-contact surfaces. Will we be replacing them with another touchless system (e.g., scanners)? 

Yes, we are looking to add new technology/scanners to promote social distancing for staff and students.

 Who will be responsible for cleaning desks between classes for the students?              

 We will not be cleaning desks in between classes, though cleaning materials will be provided and available for all staff. Students should utilize hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting every classroom. If a teacher would like to clean desks between classes for students it is certainly acceptable. Cleaning materials will be available; though we are not requiring teachers to do this it is encouraged.  There are also strategic approaches to classroom logistics that should be implemented. 

Will our district be providing extra PPE? If a child comes to school in a fabric mask, sneezes, and renders the mask useless for the day, she/he is going to need another mask. Who'll be providing these extra masks?      

Yes, we will have extra PPE available every day.  

What is the district prepared to/equipped to do to ensure proper airflow throughout the classrooms? 

The district's HVAC systems have been inspected for proper operation and airflow. Monthly, when changing filters on air handlers, technicians will be inspecting for continued proper operation. 

There are often supply shortages. How will PPE shortages be handled?            

 The district has established multiple supply chains for PPE. Once daily use of PPE can be determined a weekly inventory of PPE will be established. It is the district's goal to have on hand 180 days’ worth of PPE at all times. 

Will there be actual social distancing on bus routes? How will that be ensured/enforced? 

Parents are being asked to take their student's to school if able. The students who must use the bus are being asked to social distance as much as possible. Complete strict social distancing on the busses cannot be ensured as there are not enough busses available, so all students/staff/drivers must wear a mask on the bus at all times. 

 Will the district be providing and installing Plexiglas partitions in areas of the school such as: main office, nurses’ office, and library? Even with a counter and/or desk students do not know boundaries.  They also have a habit of touching everything.        

The district will work closely with our nursing staff and public health officials to determine where these types of partitions are safe and necessary. We have already acquired materials and have Plexiglas and lumber on hand should we need to create a partition. 

Has ventilation been checked in the gyms?  Will open doors and fans work well enough? Security? 

Ventilation has been checked but the district will be moving forward with its renovation project at EHS and FMS in the gyms in September. Those areas will be isolated with physical barriers (temporary walls) during construction to prevent contractors from interacting with students or staff. 

Just saw that our in-service days will be "virtual"; so why is the district still aiming for a regular September opening?  

We are currently finalizing pre-school training and professional development.  There may be a combination of in-person and virtual experiences.  Remember, our schools were mandated to be open for in-person instruction. 

Will OBA be provided a custodian for daily cleaning?    

Yes, as it is currently, though more frequent cleaning will be required and built into the Fisher custodial staff schedule. 

Will students from each elementary school have their own dedicated Virtual Learning Program class? 

Maybe, but not necessarily.  For example, If 25 third grade students from Antheil all requested the VLP, that would make a logical VLP class with one dedicated teacher.  But if the student numbers from a school do not justify the assignment, students from different elementary schools could be combined into one virtual classroom. 

 Will there be scholastic athletics this year? 

The NJSIAA had declared that formal practices can begin for high school sports on September 14th.  The Ewing High School Athletic Department is working to put together a two-week summer sports conditioning camp for fall athletes in mid-August. The Board and administration will evaluate the public health situation, review NJSIAA guidance, consult with stakeholders, and make a decision as we head into September.