Roxbury Opening Schools with Hybrid Service on Janury 19, 2021

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The following message posted by Loretta L. Radulic, Superintendent of Schools, indicates the Roxbury will be attempting to open on January 18, 2021. This is occuring after other schools opened to only close again within days due to COVID cases.
 
Loretta L. Radulic, Superintendent, "I sincerely hope that your holidays were joyful, and you found a way to celebrate with family and friends even if it was only virtually. While these days continue to present atypical challenges, they have also reminded us to value what is most important - our families, our health, and our connection to humanity."
 
After reviewing the district data on the health of our students and staff, conversations with local health officials, our nurses, and our administration, we will re-open our doors to our hybrid in-person instruction. Grades PreK through 8 will continue with Phase II and the high school will return to Phase I with the continuation of streaming students into classrooms. Schedule details for virtual Mondays and hybrid Tuesdays through Fridays will be provided in a letter from your building principals. Virtual Mondays will continue throughout February.
 
It is understandable that some parents may wish to switch their child(ren)’s model for learning. Therefore, ONLY if you are interested in moving your child(ren) from virtual to hybrid or from hybrid to virtual, please complete the form located HERE by 3:00 PM Friday, January 15th. Changes at grades 5 through 12 will become effective January 19th and will remain until February 15th at which time parents will have the opportunity to re-evaluate the situation. Switching learning models for grades kindergarten through fourth grade will take a few days to process since it may involve changing teachers and/or schools and will remain in effect until March 18th, the beginning of the third trimester. This is due to the fact that we have been able to designate elementary teachers as fully virtual or in-person and will need to ensure appropriate class sizes. Principals will reach out to families individually to discuss.
 
Transportation: Please note that transportation continues to modify routes based on community needs. The Transportation Director will send out a Honeywell by Monday afternoon. It is suggested that all families review Genesis to confirm pick up and drop off times. Those who switch from virtual to in-person instruction, please be prepared to transport your child(ren) during the week of January 19th. You will receive a communication from the Transportation Department as soon as a stop is scheduled.
 
Health Screening: We will continue to use the rSchoolToday app to conduct daily health screenings. It is imperative that you DO NOT send your child to school if he/she is exhibiting any symptoms related to illness. Please understand that we will send home any symptomatic child which will also trigger quarantine for those considered close contacts. We must work together if our re-opening is to be successful. Since ill students can stream into the classroom, practice extra precautions during this time. Your cooperation, thoughtfulness, and consideration are greatly appreciated. The Roxbury community has been exemplary in taking responsibility and caring for others. Let’s continue to be a model for others to follow.
 
Quarantining: In the effort to keep as many individuals in school as possible and in consultation with our local health officer and guidance from the Department of Health, quarantining will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, close contacts will be quarantined for symptomatic students which may or may not result in the transition of full classrooms from hybrid to fully virtual. Therefore, I, again, implore your cooperation in keeping symptomatic students home until their symptoms subside.
 
Vaccine: As you are aware, pre-registration is occurring for the vaccine. At this time, the Department of Health is administering vaccinations to those who are part of 1A as well as police, fire, and first responders. Several individuals in the district have received their vaccines or have secured a date. Pre-registration is open to the public. If you have not pre-registered, you may do so HERE.
 
Survey: We continue to monitor the social emotional and mental health of our students. While a survey was distributed to high school students via the high school administration, we would like to offer this survey as an opportunity for parents to speak with their child(ren) and provide us with some feedback. Please take a moment as your input will help direct us in providing support for our students. This SURVEY will remain open until noon on Friday, January 22nd.
 
Athletics: The high school began Season 2 of athletics on January 4th with the start of ice hockey. Boys & girls basketball began practice on January 11th. Competition cheer has also resumed in-district practicing. Middle school boys and girls basketball is scheduled to begin on January 19th. As long as we continue to be vigilant and responsible, we will be able to provide healthy experiences for our students.
 
Mr. Mason also wishes to remind families that physicals are now past due for Season 2A (swimming, winter track & field) which will begin on February 1st. Season 3 (gymnastics, girls volleyball and wrestling) physical paperwork is due February 12th with a start date of March 1st. Spring sports (baseball, softball, track & field, boys/girls lacrosse, golf, boys tennis) will begin April 1st. Physical paperwork for students wishing to participate in the Spring are due March 1st. Athletic physical paperwork packets are available on the website or in the RHS main entrance. Please contact Stuart Mason, Director of Athletics & Student Activities with any questions at 973 584 1200 x1254.
 
While we will continue to monitor the health of our district, we are excited to re-open our doors to our children once again this school year. It is only through our partnership that we will find success. As writer Kevin J. Anderson reminds us, “A moment of consideration often prevents a thousand apologies.” We can do this, but only together. Wear your mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, stay home when feeling ill, and be proud of the fact that your efforts will make a positive difference in the lives of many. Yours in Education,
 
Loretta L. Radulic, Superintendent of Schools
 

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