Dear Parents and Guardians,
I want to make sure you are aware that the State of New Jersey wants all school families to have the option of Full Remote/Virtual Learning for their children for the Fall. If this is an option you wish to take you must contact The Education Academy by Monday, August 3, 2020.
You will be sent a contract in the mail to sign and agree to the terms and conditions set forth with the Remote/Virtual Learning option. In sum, You will be affirming that you have access to the technology and services your child needs to participate in remote/virtual learning, you will be agreeing to the provision of adult supervision during remote/virtual sessions, the sessions will not be recorded or taped by yourself or your delegate and you will not be able to change your remote/virtual learning option until after the First Marking Period. The reason for the last item is that building rosters must be set and the possibility of a continual influx of students returning must be controlled, so as not to disrupt the building classroom settings. Upon receipt of your signed contract, your child will be removed from his classroom placement and placed in our Virtual/Remote learning program. Your district will be notified of your request and may require an IEP meeting, or the addition of an addendum to your child’s IEP to affirm your choice.
The Remote/Virtual Learning day will be on weekdays from 9:30 AM-3:30 PM. Teacher guided/led instruction will be 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Lunch 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM, Recess 1: 00 PM-1:30 PM, and from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM student services including, Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Speech, Physical Education/Health, Art, Music, Computers, and Spanish will be available. Virtual Teachers will have office hours from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM daily by appointment only. These virtual appointments can be made daily by calling the school phone. Appointments will be handled via emails through the school email account.
Whatever learning environment you choose this Fall for your child please make it a thoughtful choice based on your child’s overall needs. The staff of The Education Academy will always put your child first no matter the environment or the issue at hand and provide the safest, healthiest, and academic environment for your child and his or her social-emotional well-being and enrichment. Stay Well.
Linda A. Phillips