March 9, 2020 - Planning for Remote Learning

March 9, 2020

RE: Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The Robbinsville Public School District continues to collaborate with the County Health Department and local health experts to monitor our response to the Coronavirus.  Please know we receive daily updates which guide our decision making.

Many of you are probably closely following the news and school closings throughout the nation.  If our school district receives a written directive from the Department of Health or local health agency, we would be required to immediately close our schools and activate our plans for remote learning.  With that said, we need your help in thinking ahead as we create a contingency plan.

Check the Parental Portal on Genesis  

If you haven't yet logged into your Genesis account please see the links below to access both the portal and the portal instructions.  Also, please note the following:

  • Your account is automatically set up based upon the email account you have given the district and you currently receive communications from the district and school. 

  • Your username is your email address (all lowercase).  If you do not remember your password, please click on the “forgot my password” button. 

  • Once you do this an email will be sent to you.  Please be patient. If you do not receive this email within 20-30 minutes, please email Annette Deck at deck@robbinsville.k12.nj.us

Genesis Portal Instructions 

Genesis Portal

Internet Access and Access to a Device  

We are in the process of creating a remote learning plan so students can continue their school work from home in the event that we are required to close school.  As part of this plan, it is imperative that we know who may not have access to a device and internet service at home. To this end we are surveying families in order to determine who might need assistance with these services. Please respond ONLY if you do not have access to a device and/or the internet. Access the survey here. It consists of two questions and will take less than one minute of your time. 

Bring Materials Home 

We ask students to take home important materials such as notebooks and binders with class notes so they have them in case the school district is required to close. Also, as a reminder, if your student is on medication during the school day please plan ahead to ensure the continuity of your child’s medical needs.

Our Facilities

Our custodial staff is continuing to clean and disinfect all common touch points throughout the schools as part of their routine cleaning schedules.  They are using a product with a 99% kill rate / 10-minute dwell time. We have increased the staff’s cleaning frequencies during the school day to minimize any potential health hazards and we are also working with the Transportation Department to ensure that our buses are treated on the same schedule. We will be utilizing an electrostatic sprayer that will cover a larger area with a disinfectant as needed.

Continue to Monitor Health at Home  

Once again we ask that  families and staff be extra vigilant in monitoring the health of children and their own health. Students and staff should not return to school until they are fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.

Travel Guidelines  

Spring break - April 6th through April 13th - is right around the corner. If you plan to travel to  high-risk locations, please advise your child’s building principal. This may require imposing a 14 day self-quarantine.  Italy, Iran and South Korea are now also on the "Level 3" list of countries with widespread contagion. In the meantime, please consult the CDC website about foreign travel particularly as you plan for future trips including any over spring break.  

RED (Robbinsville Extended Day) Program  

Similarly to inclement weather days, the R.E.D. program will be closed if schools are closed.  For days missed due to a mandated closure, families will receive credit for days missed.

Talking to Children 

Please remember that it is important to remain calm when talking to your child about the coronavirus. To help guide your discussion, please see the advice of the National Association of School Psychologists, Taking to Children about COVID-19 .

We will keep you updated on any new developments and greatly appreciate your assistance in working with us as we strive to keep our students, families, and staff healthy and virus-free.

Kathie Foster

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