By: Rachel Suga, Writer / Follow South Jersey Bridgeton City Intern
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Bridgeton Public Schools is planning to return to class after the new year, but the district is giving students and parents the opportunity to decide if they’ll return to the classroom or not.
On January 19, 2021, Bridgeton Public Schools currently plans on opening hybrid instruction, although this is subject to change depending on the coronavirus’ possible impacts. The method of course delivery is at the discretion of the parents of students when the third marking period begins on January 29, 2021.
Due to coronavirus concerns, the district has taken precautions to keep students safe, and it is planning on making some modifications to accommodate students in an alternative manner. Starting in the new marking period, students will be given the opportunity to either continue remote learning in their homes or to complete classes a hybrid fashion in which they can receive a mixture of education methods.
Hybrid learning models typically feature students going to school for a set number of days per week and completing coursework online for the remainder of the week. For example, a student may have in-person classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as part of a hybrid model, and that leaves Tuesday and Thursday as remote learning days.
The change of instruction can help some students and their families feel safer during the pandemic by learning online. Other students may choose the hybrid option as some have found that they may struggle with strictly online instruction and prefer some level of face-to-face interaction as they learn.
On Bridgeton Public Schools’ website, there are documents for parents to fill out, indicating which method of learning their child or children wants to take in the coming semester. The district has requested that parents hand in the document to schools’ principals offices on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The document is due by December 22.
Students who are changing their transportation needs or methods in the upcoming semester are asked to inform the school of any changes as well.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.