The Princeton Public Schools released a revised proposed fall reentry plan Monday, six days after sharing an initial proposed plan with parents.
Students will not begin the school year in Princeton until Monday, Sept. 14.
Under the new proposed plan, most students will be transported home at 1 p.m. daily, with the exception of pre-kindergarten students and students in self-contained special education classes, who will be bused home at 3 p.m. School officials said they investigated all options with the district’s contracted bus service provider, but there is no option for split session bus transportation. Officials said siblings will be transported at the same hours when possible.
In-person schooling for most students will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., teachers will provide online contact and instruction to remote learners. District officials said the remote afternoon component enables teachers to hold students accountable for their remote learning assignments from earlier in the day and to assess their progress.
No lunch will be served for grades six through 12. School officials said this will eliminates challenges related to distancing and mask-wearing
during meals. In elementary schools, lunch will take place outside in good weather. When the weather is bad, students will eat in their classrooms.
After-school activities, clubs, and events won’t resume until January of 2021.
Pre-K students will attend school five days per week with a 3 p.m. dismissal on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, in-person instruction will end at 1 p.m., but remote schooling will continue until 3 p.m. District officials said grant requirements dictate that pre-K students receive five full days of schooling per week. Staff members will wear masks, and district officials are encouraging parents to have all children wear face coverings. Preschoolers will ride buses separate from their older schoolmates.
For grades kindergarten through five, half of the students will attend school in person on Monday and Tuesday and learn remotely the rest of the week. The other half of the students will attend school in person Thursday and Friday and learn remotely the rest of the week. In-person days will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teachers will interact with their remote learners daily between dismissal and 3 p.m. Special Education pupils in self-contained classes will attend school five days per week, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Officials said learning for most pupils will be remote on Wednesdays to allow custodial staff to sanitize classrooms and common spaces before a new group
arrives. Deep cleaning will also take place on Saturdays. Officials also said having one remote learning day will help teachers and students become accustomed to all-day remote schooling in case schools must be closed due to COVID-19 or flu infections.
Children in grades six through 12 will alternate weeks in school. Half of the students will attend school Monday through Thursday one week. The other half will attend school Monday through Thursday the following week. School will be dismissed at 1 p.m. Teachers will interact with their remote learners from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
All students in grades six through 12 will be taught remotely on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. so that custodial staff can sanitize the schools. District officials said the weekly model provides more continuity of instruction, particularly for long-term projects and lab experiments, and said the weekly model also enhances school officials’ abilities to determine if students develop adverse health symptoms.
District officials said each school will implement safety protocols to keep students socially distanced during physical transitions into and out of
school buildings and from one classroom to another. In the elementary schools, teachers will come to pupils’ classrooms to reduce mass movement through halls. The middle school and high school will use block schedules and a staggered passing time to minimize the number of students in hallways during
transitions. Teachers can also use outdoor spaces for classroom instruction.
Students, parents, staff, and community members can submit questions and feedback about the proposed plan to email@example.com. The school board will vote on the plan at its online public meeting on July 28. The district must submit a final proposed plan to the state by Aug. 3.