• September 29 Vaccine Update

    Posted by Jeremy Milonas on 9/29/2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

     

    Let’s not let history repeat itself.  Please remember that last year at this time many of us were confident the worst of the health crisis was behind us and that the impact on school programs could be minimized. As we all know, that was not the case and during the fall and winter virus transmission rates soared.

     

    Here are a few steps you and your family can take right now to protect your child, your family, and help us to maintain in-person programs.

     

    If you ride a school bus. Keep your mask on and sit in the same seat each time you ride the bus. This will greatly assist us in the event we need to do contact tracing.

     

    If you have not done so, get your child vaccinated.  Everyone 12 years-old and up is eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. The FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19 and remain the leading way to protect your child, your family, and your community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all eligible students be vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccinations for 12 through 17-year-olds require 2 doses, so for the best possible protection against COVID-19 and the highly transmissible Delta variant, students should be scheduled for their first dose as early as possible.

     

    If your student is already vaccinated, you can upload a photo of their vaccination card to be on record with our school health office using this Student Vaccination Information Form. Student vaccination records will be used when identifying close contacts and determining quarantine requirements. This information will be kept confidential and be maintained by the school health office. If you experience trouble with the form, you may email a photo of the vaccination card with your student’s name to Vaccineupdate@rbrhs.org. You may also hand deliver a copy of the vaccination card to the health office during regular school hours.

     

    Get yourself and other household members vaccinated. Students are best protected when those around them are also protected – especially if they are under the age of 12 and cannot be vaccinated themselves. 

     

    Vaccines are free for all, immigration status will not be asked, and health insurance is not required.  On our webpage, you can find information for local vaccine clinics. You can also: visit the NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Finder or contact the NJ Vaccine Call Center at 855-568-0545

    Thank you

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  • Important Information About School Opening

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 8/19/2021

    Dear Families and Students:

     

    Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!

     

    We have been working diligently throughout the summer to prepare for our return.  In addition to our summer programs, many staff participated in curriculum review projects and professional learning activities.  Fall athletics are already in full swing and I am excited to share that our instructional program will be fully “in-person.” The school day will once again begin at 7:31 am and end at 2:31 pm. 

     

    That said, we are currently experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 and we will all need to do our part to keep everyone safe and healthy. The following common-sense actions are being taken:

     

    1. For the present time, all students, staff, and guests are required to wear face masks on buses and at all times when they are in the building.

    2. The district strongly encourages all eligible members of our community to be vaccinated. RBR is hosting a walk-in vaccine clinic on Friday, August 27 from 10:00 to 2:00 in the school cafeteria. We will be following CDC guidelines for minimizing virus transmission through contact tracing. Students who are not vaccinated may be excluded from all in-person programs during the quarantine period if they are exposed to the virus.
       
    3. Students will have a regular lunch period but additional areas in the building will be utilized to facilitate social distancing.  Finally, a “FAQ” will be sent out to the community before school begins outlining additional COVID-specific policies.  We will update this resource as the public health situation evolves and new information becomes available.

     

    Please follow these links for the  “Summer at a Glance” update and Principal Clark’s Welcome Back Message.  These documents provide important information about the start of school.  As always, do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Since the start of the pandemic, the entire RBR community has responded with courage, determination, and compassion to the crisis. I know we will all continue to do our part.  In the truest sense, our fortunes and interests are bound together.  Please accept my best wishes for a rewarding, productive, and safe school year.  

     

    Sincerely,


    Louis Moore
    Superintendent

    lmoore@rbrhs.org

    732-842-8000, ext. 240 or 247

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  • Extended Day and In-Person Programs

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 5/20/2021

    May 18, 2021

     

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    There are many encouraging signs that great progress has been made in stopping the spread of COVID-19.  The transmission rate in our county and region has dropped dramatically. Recently Governor Murphy announced that most restrictions will be lifted or curtailed as of May 19.

     

    In light of this, RBR will implement two important changes to support students in preparing for end-of-year tasks.  

     

    • An extended day schedule will be implemented from Monday May 24 to Thursday June 10. Students will follow a modified daily schedule with a 2:30 dismissal with regular bus service available.  Screening will still take place between 7:30 and 8:00 AM with Block 1 starting at 8:00 AM.  Lunch will be added along with two extension periods each afternoon. Note: Juniors and Seniors in good academic standing will have the option of leaving at 12:15 but no bus service will be available at that time. Freshman and Sophomores will be required to attend the full school day. 

     

    • Starting immediately, we will begin phasing out remote learning with the goal of encouraging as many students as possible to resume in-person instruction. At the present time, 908 students have already selected in-person learning as their option so for most this shift will not have any impact. Families who previously requested full-remote instruction, may request that this option be continued by completing this form (SPANISH VERSION) by Friday, May 21.  Please note that after May 24, in-person students who do not attend school will be marked as absent. 

     

    I realize this will require additional effort on all our parts.  But the benefits are clear and compelling.  Students who are attending school are more likely to succeed academically, are happier, and will be better prepared for the resumption of our regular school program next year.  For those students who have been falling behind, returning to school in-person can make a difference even in the final phase of the year.

     

    We must all do our part to ensure a strong finish for everyone. Teachers, counselors, and administrators have done a remarkable job this year and remain committed to everyone’s success as we bring this year to a close. Parents need to maintain clear boundaries and high expectations for their children. Students need to prioritize their schoolwork. I will close by thanking all of you again for your courage and dedication during the most challenging year we’ve ever faced.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Louis Moore 

    Superintendent

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  • MP 4 Learning Options Update - 4.7.21

    Posted by Mr. Julius Clark on 4/7/2021

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    As we begin the fourth marking period, we look forward to expanding in-person options for our students. Based on the survey results, we anticipate roughly 66% (approximately 845 students) enrolled in the in-person optionFor students who did not submit a response, we assumed they wished to continue with their current choice, which also factored into our approximation of students who have chosen the in-person option. 

     

    Based upon these estimates, we will adhere to the following procedures as outlined in Dr. Moore’s update on March 26:

     

    1. In-person students will attend school four days each week and participate one day remotely starting on Monday, April 12.
    2. Remote days for students will be determined alphabetically by their last name. This will allow us to reduce the student population in the building by approximately 20 percent each day. 
    3. Here is a color-coded CALENDAR of the day in which your child(ren) will be virtual for this rotation starting April 12.  Please refer to the second page of the calendar.  
    4. Your child(ren)’s learning option will be updated and reflected in Genesis by the end of this week.

     

    We hope to expand further in-person programs for all students in May, including eliminating the remote day for in-person students.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Julius Clark
    Principal

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  • Updated Plans for MP 4

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 3/26/2021

    March 26, 2021

     

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    Today marks a number of important milestones.  In terms of the academic calendar, it is the last day for the third marking period.  The upcoming spring recess is a welcome time for us to recharge.

     

    In a broader sense, the beginning of spring is also a reminder that for over a year we’ve all been dealing with the worst public health crisis in our history.  All of us have been impacted and many of us have suffered immeasurable loss.  

     

    But these are clear signs that things are getting better. During the third marking period, participation in in-person programs has increased significantly.  By combining cohorts, over 500 students are now attending school in-person four days per week.  We also initiated targeted support programs in the afternoon for select students. Social and emotional support has also been strengthened. Through our partnership with VNA, a large portion of our staff has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

     

    I am happy to report that for MP 4, approximately 70 percent or 900 students selected “in-person” learning as their option.  That’s great news but it is also a challenge that will require some revisions to our restart and recovery timeline.  Here are the key updates: 

     

    • Instruction will be remote for April 6-9.  All athletic programs will continue in person.
    • In-person students will attend school four days each week and participate one day remotely starting on Monday, April 12.
    • Remote days for students will be determined alphabetically by their last name. This will allow us to reduce the student population in the building by approximately 20 percent each day. More details will be shared in our plan during the week of April 5.  Please see color-coded CALENDAR of the day in which your child(ren) will be virtual for this rotation starting April 12.
    • We hope to further expand in-person programs for all students in May, including the elimination of the remote day for in-person students.

     

     

    Virus transmission rates remain stubbornly high in Monmouth County.  Let’s do our part to keep our communities safe, protect the vulnerable, and bring our school year to a successful close. Please exercise good judgement over the break and act responsibly.  For those who will be celebrating, best wishes for a wonderful Passover and Easter.  

     

    Have a great break everyone.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Louis Moore

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