By: Michael Mandarino / Follow South Jersey Assignment Editor
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Bridgeton Public Schools has announced that the 2020-21 academic year will begin with 100% remote instruction starting on Tuesday, September 8.
In a reopening guide released on Tuesday, the district also announced its current plans to move to hybrid learning on October 13. All courses and instruction will be delivered remotely for the first month of the year based on a new schedule formulated by the district.
During the first month of the school year, pre-K students’ school day will begin at 9 a.m., and students in kindergarten through fourth grade will get their virtual school day started at 8:30 a.m. Middle school students (grades five through eight) will start their virtual school day at 8 a.m., and high school students will get started at 7:30 a.m. All instructors across the district will begin their day 15 minutes before their respective students.
High school students’ virtual school day will end at 12:50 p.m. during the first month of the school year. Middle school children will be finished with their day by 1:20 p.m., and elementary school students will wrap up their virtual day at 1:50 p.m. Pre-K students’ school day will end at 2:20 p.m. throughout the first month of the year, and all four age groups have “intervention/enrichment” blocks scheduled later in the afternoon at the following times:
- High school: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
- Fifth-eighth grade: 2-3:15 p.m.
- Kindergarten-fourth grade: 2:30-3:45 p.m.
- Pre-K: 3-4:15 p.m.
“Keeping our students and staff safe will always be our top priority,” superintendent Keith A. Miles said as part of the reopening guide. “Considering the constant changes and the fluidity of information regarding COVID-19, our district has worked hard to implement a plan to safely introduce in-person and virtual learning.”
K-12 Students will be divided into four groups — A, B, C, and D — at the beginning of the first hybrid learning phase, which will begin on October 13. Groups A, B, C, and D will attend in-person classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, respectively, and all instruction will be delivered remotely on Wednesdays during the first phase of reopening for in-person classes. Special education and pre-K students will report to school for in-person instruction twice per week during phase one of reopening.
The school district also presented plans for a second phase of reopening with a date to be determined. In phase two, 50% of students will attend in-person classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with remote instruction for all on Wednesdays.
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