The Borough of Hopatcong Schools are set to reopen all schools starting on Monday, February 1, 2021 with the same choices as before (100% Virtual, A/B Weeks, 100% In-School) to start the process.
The following letter was sent to all parents today pointing out the new relaxed restrictions on the Quarantining of Probable Cases, and the reinforcement that both Students and Parents need to abide by the guidelines.
Full Letter from the School:
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff:
Please consider this outreach as a plea for cooperation as I announce the re-opening of live schooling to start on Monday, February 1, 2021.
Our last re-opening effort was short lived because a small number of individuals did not follow the guidelines put forth to enable us to stay open. A few individual situations coupled with the strict guidelines we were following caused us to close down.
The restrictions put forth by medical experts have been somewhat relaxed and this is a vital part of re-opening. WE DO NOT HAVE TO QUARANTINE PROBABLE CASES AND TREAT THEM AS ACTUAL CASES. That is a game changer, and it is because studies are showing that fifty percent of positive cases are caused by asymptomatic people. A great deal of quarantining was too restrictive.
Nevertheless, the other difficulties remain if the following expectations are not followed by all.
- Sick students stay home.
- If someone in family has tested positive, report it to the school nurse and keep children or siblings’ home until cleared to return.
- Each situation will be reviewed by a panel of nurses and administrators and if quarantine is necessary, it will be ordered by the office of the superintendent.
- A and B cohorts are now gone. Students must either attend school every day or be virtual every day.
- FAMILIES THAT HAVE OPTED FOR VIRTUAL WILL REMAIN VIRTUAL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
- FAMILIES THAT WERE A OR B, WILL HAVE STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL EVERY DAY-UNLESS;
- IF THE FAMILY DOES NOT WANT THE STUDENT IN EVERY DAY, PARENTS MUST CONTACT THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUESTING ALL VIRTUAL VIA E-MAIL BY FRIDAY, 1/29, NOON, (email@example.com)
- The e-mail will be acknowledged, and the virtual choice will be implemented.
- If families opt for everyday schooling, students cannot unilaterally choose to stay home and latch onto virtual instruction without calling in.
Please do not put me in a position whereby I have to announce another closing.
a dibenedetto, supt. of schools, 973 398-8801
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