As we spring into break, I want to congratulate you all on this monumental shift. I hope that you and your family truly are able to take a break at this point.
In order to fully prepare for the district to be closed until Tuesday, April 14, this email contains important information and helpful resources. All are available on our Distance Learning Page (DLP) under Spring Break Resources.
- For the duration of the break, our buildings are closed to staff. If you need immediate assistance, see our DLP for resources. Most phone messages will not be returned until after break and depending on the staff member, email may not be checked regularly.
- All facilities have been and will continue to be closed to the public. We know that outdoor activity during this time is needed. We encourage it for you and your families, but please remember to follow social distancing. Further, the district is not cleaning outdoor equipment. Please do not use any outdoor equipment, including playground elements, at this time. Following the recommendations from our health offices, contact with objects like these has been deemed not safe at this time.
- The decision on when to reopen schools rests with the governor. As he updates us, we will update you. Currently, he has stated that we will not revisit the matter until April 17th at the earliest. This means that from April 14 through April 17, 2020, we will continue with Distance Learning. We will continue to extend this, as necessary, based on the governor’s direction.
- When we return on April 14, start and end times for instruction and office hours will remain the same as they are now, but students in grades 7-12 will move to an A/B schedule. This will allow students (and families) to focus on fewer topics per day and allow for longer, continuous periods of instruction and communication with teachers.
- Please know that the Somerset County Vocational Technical High School is also moving to an A/B schedule. Our days align with theirs: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, will be an A Day for both schools. This should alleviate any conflicts for our shared-time students.
- The district is continuing to deliver food to qualified families. If your financial situation has changed due to this crisis, please let us know by going to our website here (Select Free and Reduced Lunch).
Resources for Break
We have created a separate page for Spring Break-related information. You can find it here.
- If you are looking for activities during the break:
- While teachers will not be updating Google Classrooms, they remain open to you for enrichment and review activities.
- Visit our DLP Spring Break Resources for all sorts of resources for fun and learning. A small sample to whet your appetite:
Please stay safe and active during our break. We wish you all the best. This is a difficult situation but we will get through it together. Thanks for making B-R such an incredible community.
Superintendent of Schools