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Return to School Updates - Vol 2. Issue 8 | January 8, 2021

Hybrid Instruction: Return to School Updates

Hello SOMSD Family,

Today (Friday, 1/8/21), I spent most of my time with our School Business Administrator, Paul Roth touring our schools. We spent several hours personally confirming the information received per our ventilation status reports. This includes the recently received and installed univent filters, as well as the repaired motors. During our time, we were able to confirm the conditions of our windows and air handling units that pull in fresh air from our roof units. We reviewed and saw again the many facility upgrades that have been put in place due to our Covid-19 reality (i.e. signage for masks and social distancing, hand sanitizer stations, movement signage, and directional floor markings).

We confirmed the delivery of stockpiles of Covid response supplies available at each school that include masks, disinfectants, hand sanitizer, and other additional resources. We were also able to confirm for our Principals a few rooms in their schools that should not yet be assigned to our teachers and students (this is due to the lack of fresh air being available). These spaces may be quickly returned to operational use as the final few ventilation motors/blowers return from factory repair.

Via planning meetings with their pandemic response teams, our Principals are planning for the creative use of space throughout our buildings. We have made great progress towards our targeted goal of beginning Phase 3 on January 19th. Follow-up walk-throughs are scheduled with our third-party vendor (architects) and our SOMEA partners for early next week.

As we continue to share, the health and safety of staff/students is our top priority. We are in contact with both town's department of health leads, township officials, NJDOH, and District healthcare professionals. As we continue to prepare for school buildings reopening, we are monitoring the Covid-19 rates and will continue to update everyone as we move forward.

Educationally yours,

Dr. Ronald G. Taylor

Superintendent of Schools

Transportation Request Forms Available: Due by Tuesday, January 12

Dear SOMSD Families,

With the return of in-person instruction scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the district wants to remind you that if your student(s) is eligible for transportation to their school you must submit a Transportation Request Form to the Transportation Department by Tuesday, January 12, 2021. If the Transportation Request form is not submitted to the Transportation Department by January 12, 2021, the district cannot guarantee transportation will be available for your student on Tuesday, January 19th.

Access the Transportation Request form here:

All Return to School Updates & Resources

All updates and resources regarding the District's January 2021 return to in-person instruction.

Parent Agreement Letter of Compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines : Due, Tuesday, January 12

Any family who has chosen hybrid instruction for their child must electronically sign the Parent Agreement Letter of Compliance for each child attending in-person instruction. The deadline to sign is Tuesday, January 12, 2021. If you do not agree to comply with COVID-19 Guidelines and the agreement is not electronically signed prior to your child's return to school they will not be allowed in the school buildings and must continue their instruction virtually.

The Parent Agreement Letter of Compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines must be completed utilizing the district’s PowerSchool Parent Portal by Tuesday, January 12, 2021. You must use a computer or a mobile device web browser to complete the form. The PowerSchool iOS and Android PowerSchool applications are not compatible with our online forms.

Click here for more information:

Health & Safety Message: Parent COVID 19 Compliance Agreement E-Signature Due

Technology Updates: Devices for Students Returning for Hybrid Instruction

  • During hybrid instruction, students are encouraged to bring to school the devices they used for remote / virtual instruction. The device type should be a Windows laptop, Apple laptop, Chromebook, Android Tablet, or Apple iPad.

  • If a student is participating in a Hybrid schedule and has borrowed a Chromebook from the District, the student should bring the device to school during their in-person day.

  • Parents are asked to walk students through how they connect their personal devices to a wireless network. This will allow students to become acclimated to connecting to the district wireless network.

  • If the student does not have a device that they can bring into school, the district will assign a Chromebook to the student. To request a device for your child please submit the Return To School - Technology Equipment Request Form (scroll to the bottom of the page):

Date Change Request from Virtual to Hybrid

SOMSD Families,

Please see below for clarification and updates for instructional request changes from families who wish to change their preference from virtual to hybrid. As school begins, across all grade levels parent/guardian request for changes should follow the deadlines and request format below:

  1. Tuesday, February 16, 2021: Parent/guardians must submit change requests to their building principals/administrators (you must provide your child's name, teacher, and ID #). Please note all requests are based on capacity (more information will follow in early February).
  2. Monday, March 1, 2021: Students will begin hybrid instruction

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