Hopatcong School District makes Tough Decision to Reopen

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On January 7, 2021, the Borough of Hopatcong School District announced the decision to reopen the schools on 01/11/2021 under the same rules defined in the fall. The decision was based upon Parent, Teacher, Student surveys, and guidance from the NJ Board of Health.

The Virtual meeting was hosted by Superintendent Mr. Arthur DiBenedetto and Assistant Superintendent Mr. Joseph S. Piccirillo who discussed the reasons for reopening and the results of the survey. They also answered questions from the public in attendance, by phone or by email.

Superintendent DiBenedetto kicked off the meeting stating that “We are Educators and not in the Medical field.” But, based upon the low infection rate (< 1%) in our county and the results of the survey we believe reopening is the best decision for everyone involved.

Survey Results:

A survey was conducted recently with the families and they received 1,100+ responses back indicating the following:

Overall Survey Findings:

In-Person Attendance Only

55%

Alternative In-Person/Virtual Weeks (A/B)

20%

Fully Virtual (No In-Person)

25%

Durban School Breakdown:

In-Person Attendance Only

75%

Alternative In-Person/Virtual Weeks (A/B)

8%

Fully Virtual (No In-Person)

17%

Tulsa School Breakdown:

In-Person Attendance Only

70%

Alternative In-Person/Virtual Weeks (A/B)

12%

Fully Virtual (No In-Person)

18%

Middle School Breakdown:

In-Person Attendance Only

53%

Alternative In-Person/Virtual Weeks (A/B)

22%

Fully Virtual (No In-Person)

25%

High School Breakdown:

In-Person Attendance Only

37%

Alternative In-Person/Virtual Weeks (A/B)

33%

Fully Virtual (No In-Person)

30%

 

Returning Guidelines defined in the Fall:

Parents and Students will have the ability to select and change the attendance from one of the three following.

  • In-Person (Monday – Friday)
  • A/B Weeks of Attendance (M – F)
  • Virtual Instruction (M – F)

While the district will remain flexible, they ask that changes are limited to no more than once a week.

The school day still has an early dismissal as Lunch and Physical Education have been removed from the schedule.

School District asks for Transparency from the Families:

Superintendent DiBenedetto further asked that Parents and Students be as transparent as possible with the school district in areas of travel and possible COVID exposure. He also included the need for daily checks that should be performed daily before school.

Without transparency, the district may face having to quarantine Busses, Classrooms, and possibly entire Schools further explained Superintendent DiBenedetto.   “We need your help and cooperation.”

For further details: Hopatcong School District Road Back page - 20-21 Pandemic Plan (google.com)


 

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