Hopatcong Lake Regional News had the opportunity to interview the Hopatcong School District School (HSD) Superintendents on the status of Hudson Maxim School, COVID-19 Status, the Possibility of adding more full-time students, and other positive changes happening at the school.
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Hudson Maxim School:
The first buyer took excessive time and asked for a second extension that the School Board voted down, which means that the school is still for purchase. Three-four parties are interested, and the HSD welcomes any input from the Land Use Board as mentioned during their meeting last week.
The School District started their opening process back in July by buying PPE. The district finalized the plan early on how to open after incorporating input from internal teams, and through several external community meetings The HSD was also able to equip each student with internet access, and a camera in the ceiling of the classroom to help broadcast the class.
They are following the letter of the law by installing air filtration systems and classroom cleaning protocols.
NO COVID-19 Cases:
They have had four students come to school with some type of illness, but none have been COVID-19 related to date. The nursing staffing is handling the cases and checking with the CDC on each case. Each case has to be listed as probable cases until cleared.
Early Buying of PPE Equipment in July helped the HSD
With the Hopatcong school district early purchase of the protective gear in the middle of the summer, it has helped with the safe opening of the schools. Without solving these problems early on other districts have had problems that have prohibited their timely opening.
Substitute teachers are helping teachers by filling in as necessary. The Teachers Union has been incredibly supportive of the suggestions and ideas on moving forward.
Bringing more Students Back:
1st Grade has always been 100% in the school, Discussions are starting on 2nd and 3rd school graders coming back 100% in time. It’s important to remember 34% of the students are still totally virtual, which means that there will be adequate space to increase the class sizes within safety concerns.
Lastly, the idea was suggested that High School Seniors be allowed to come back 100%, but this is only being considered at this point.
We are excited about:
- How things have gone so far
- The ability to bring more students back into school
- If problems start to arise, we understand that we will have to retreat a little.
Other Positive Results at HSD:
Over the Summer the HSD Passed: NJQSAC – We are Proud to be a District on our ability to adapt
Meaning: The New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) is the Department of Education's monitoring and district self-evaluation system for public school districts. The system shifts the monitoring and evaluation focus from compliance to assistance, capacity-building and improvement. It is a single comprehensive accountability system that consolidates and incorporates the monitoring requirements of applicable state laws and programs and complements federally required improvements. The system focuses on monitoring and evaluating school districts in five key components that, based on research, have been identified to be key factors in effective school districts. These components are Instruction & Program, Fiscal, Governance, Operations, and Personnel.
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