• Family Update November 25

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/25/2020

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    As you may be aware, Monmouth County is in the "amber high risk" category as determined by the County Health Commission.  

     

    With the Thanksgiving holiday happening, some members of our community have suggested that we continue full remote as a preventative measure. Today we consulted with the Regional Health Commission on whether we should proceed with in-person programs on November 30 and were advised that we can go forward as planned.

     

    Here are the criteria that have guided our decision-making:

     

    • At this time all known positive cases and close contacts among staff and students have been identified and these individuals are following the appropriate exclusion protocols.

     

    • Because Red Bank Regional has been closed to in-person learning since November 2, it is evident that there are no school-based transmissions. 

     

    Under the present circumstances, we will continue to work with the MCRHC and use the Risk Assessment Matrix to guide our decisions. This will determine when it is necessary to pivot to full remote learning. Linked below please find the "Risk Assessment Matrix" and the "Return to School Guidelines” that we have been utilizing.

     

    Stay safe everyone.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and the chance to enjoy time with family and friends.

     

    Sincerely,

    Louis Moore

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  • Revised Structured Review Guidelines

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/13/2020

    To: All Staff, Students, and Families

    From: RBR Administration

    RE: Structured Review Sessions/Modifications

     

    Based on extensive discussions with students and teachers, these modifications have been made to the structured review sessions that will begin on Monday, November 16.  As a school community, we will continue to monitor the instructional program and to solicit feedback from all our stakeholders to ensure we are optimizing the hybrid model.

     

    Below in bold type are the changes and clarifications with further explanation in regular text.  

     

    1. Attendance will be required for students in grades 9, 10, and 11. Students in these grades will benefit from the increased structure and added teacher-student contact time.  Regular meeting times will also reduce scheduling conflicts for review and extra-help sessions.  Finally, it is important to reinforce the principle that students should be engaged in learning for the entire school day.
    2. Attendance will be mandatory for seniors with grades below 70 for the first marking period but voluntary for other seniors. Seniors will be given the increased responsibility to manage their time effectively and engage in greater independent learning than younger students.  At the mid-point of marking period, students who have demonstrated improvement may be allowed to attend the sessions voluntarily.

    3. Teachers of seniors may mandate attendance in the review sessions as needed.  For example, if they want to prepare for a test or reinforce what was taught, they can require all students to attend. This will help to off-set the loss of teacher-student contact time and maintain the integrity of the full school day.  

    4. Students will be expected to attend the sessions.  Teachers should incentivize attendance by providing everyone with the opportunity to complete work, collaborate with others, and engage in other activities to deepen learning.  Parents/guardians will be contacted if students do not attend and students may face consequences for not participating.

    5. Activities during the reviews will build on the work started during the regular instructional block.  The underlying goal is to increase academic success and engagement and not to overwhelm students with additional school work.  It is our expectation that the amount of homework assigned for will decrease since the structured review periods will provide time for completing assignments and enrichment.  






    Meeting Times

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    7:30-8:00

    SCREENING/BREAKFAST/

    HOMEROOM









    REMOTE LEARNING DAY

    SCREENING/BREAKFAST/

    HOMEROOM

    8:00 - 9:00 

    Block 1 A

     Cohort 1

    (Cohort 2 Sync Remote)

    Block 1 B 

    Cohort 2

    (Cohort 1 Sync Remote)

    Block 1 B 

    Cohort 1

    (Cohort 2 Sync Remote)

    Block 1 A 

    Cohort 2

    (Cohort 1 Sync Remote)

    9:05 - 10:05

    Block 2 A 

    Cohort 1

    (Cohort 2 Sync Remote)

    Block 2 B 

    Cohort 2

    (Cohort 1 Sync Remote)

    Block 2 B

     Cohort 1

    (Cohort 2 Sync Remote)

    Block 2 A 

    Cohort 2

    (Cohort 1 Sync Remote)

    10:10 - 11:10

    Block 3 A 

    Cohort 1

    (Cohort 2 Sync Remote)

    Block 3 B 

    Cohort 2

    (Cohort 1 Sync Remote)

    Block 3 B 

    Cohort 1

    (Cohort 2 Sync Remote)

    Block 3 A 

    Cohort 2

    (Cohort 1 Sync Remote)

    11:15 - 12:15

    Block 4 A 

    Cohort 1

    (Cohort 2 Sync Remote)

    Block 4 B

    Cohort 2

    (Cohort 1 Sync Remote)

    Block 4 B 

    Cohort 1

    (Cohort 2 Sync Remote)

    Block 4 A 

    Cohort 2

    (Cohort 1 Sync Remote)

    12:15 - 12:30  

    BIKERS/WALKERS/BUS GRAB & GO LUNCH/DISMISSAL

    12:30 - 1:10

    LUNCH

    1:15 - 1:45

    Block 3A 

    Structured Review

    Block 3B 

    Structured Review

    REMOTE LEARNING DAY (cont)

    Block 1B 

    Structured Review

    Block 1A 

    Structured Review 

    1:50 - 2:20

    Block 4A 

    Structured Review 

    Block 4B 

    Structured Review 

    Starting at 1:55 pm

    EXTRA HELP as needed

    Block 2B 

    Structured Review 

    Block 2A

    Structured Review 

    2:20-2:35

    “Flexible Office Hours”

    “Flexible Office Hours”

    “Flexible Office Hours”

    “Flexible Office Hours”

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  • Schedule Updates and Enhancements for Second Marking Period

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/9/2020

    Dear Students and Families,

     

    This update will review the modifications to the hybrid schedule that will be implemented for the second marking period, starting November 10, 2020.

     

    Red Bank Regional is dedicated to ensuring all students have access to an outstanding curriculum and excellent learning opportunities even as we take appropriate actions to protect everyone’s health and safety.  

     

    In our discussions with our school community, three goals have been kept at the forefront: 1) Increasing time for in-person learning; 2) Improving student success within the hybrid model; 3) Reinforcing the expectation that students should be participating in learning experiences for the full school day, including after 12:30.

     

    Enhancements for the Second Marking Period

    • The revised schedule with 60-minute instructional blocks for all classes on Mon., Tues. Thur., and Fri., will remain in place.
    • Structured Review Times will be established for all classes starting on Monday, November 16.  These meeting times are designed to extend learning and to provide extra help and/or time for monitoring student work on assignments and projects.  The overall structure of the review period will be at the discretion of the teacher.  Student participation will be evaluated as part of their marking period grade.  
    • We have developed plans to allow up to 100 students to attend classes remotely from the RBR cafeteria on Wednesdays.  This will allow students to participate in their scheduled remote learning period in a structured environment with reliable internet access. Note: All instructional aides and teachers will continue to work remotely on Wednesday. 
    • The community tutoring program will continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 PM.  Please click here for additional information.

     

    Strengthening School-Family Communication and Connection

    The following changes will be implemented in the second marking period to strengthen home-school communication.  Note: Because of the current circumstances, RBR will not be holding the scheduled parent/teacher conferences in November.  

    • Freshman Academy Teams are scheduling conferences with parents for updates on student progress and to address areas of concern.
    • Attendance for all blocks will be monitored and parents will be notified of absences for both remote and in-person classes.
    • The school counseling department will be scheduling conferences with parents for updates on student progress.  The department’s interactive “virtual” office has an abundance of useful information for students and families.
    • Data from the benchmarks that were successfully implemented for grades 9-11 in ELA and Algebra 1 and Geometry classes on October 14 will be shared over the coming weeks.  All families will be mailed sign-in information for access to “Link-It,” the district’s data management system.

     

    Future Changes on the Horizon

    • The possible addition of Wednesday for additional in-person learning.  (This change would not take place prior to January 4.)
    • Bringing all students together for in-person learning using the hybrid bell schedule for the third marking period. (This is dependent on progress in containing COVID 19.)

     

    Other important information

     

    • All families who selected the full-remote option for MP 1 may participate in the hybrid model for MP 2.  Please complete the following form if you plan to switch to full remote for MP 2 or switch back to the hybrid model.

     

    • The winter athletic season begins on December 3, 2020.  We will share details on the NJSIAA guidelines when they have been finalized.
    • All students who do not have reliable access to the internet at home should inform their school counselor immediately.  All students participated in a survey on October 27 to assist our efforts to monitor access and take corrective action.
    • Juniors will be taking the PSAT in-school on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. All other students in grades 9, 10 and 12 will participate in classes remotely on this day. 

     

    We continue to be genuinely appreciative of everyone’s support.  Thanks to the excellence of our faculty and staff, the support of our Board of Education, and the maturity of our students we have had a successful first marking period.  All the best to everyone as we continue to move forward together. 

     

    Sincerely,



    Louis Moore
    Superintendent

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  • October 2 Update from Dr. Moore

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 10/2/2020

    Dear Families and Students,

     

     

    We are getting back to the "new normal' with the resumption of in-person instruction and athletic practices.  Overall I am proud of our response to the first positive report of a COVID-19 case this school year at RBR.  We quickly identified close contacts, did our best to maintain open lines of communication, and worked closely with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission to break the spread of the virus.    

     

     

    Unfortunately at least 55 students and 3 staff members were directed to self-quarantine until Friday, October 9 to minimize transmission risks.  This is a burden that is not imposed lightly but I believe it is the right thing to do, both to protect our school community and also to avoid additional disruptions to our academic and athletic programs.

     

     

    I will continue to do my best and I am glad that our school Pandemic Response Team met today under the capable leadership of Assistant Principal Robert Donohoe to provide feedback and advice.  Thanks again to everyone this week for doing your part to keep us safe and on course in difficult seas.  Have a restful weekend.

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Lou Moore

    Superintendent

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  • September 25 Update

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 9/25/2020

    Dear Students and Families,

     

    I am writing to share this brief update on our week.  Teachers continue to refine instructional practices and the use of tech tools.  I know we are all grateful to this challenging work.  The conduct of our students has also been exemplary.  The in-person portion of our day has been remarkably orderly and cooperative.  

     

    A few highlights from the week:

    • Our school counseling department met with all 9th graders during physical education classes to introduce the Freshman House counselors, share information about clubs and activities, and review programs in-place for first-year students.
    • All students can receive lunch for free until December 31!  Lunches are distributed at the end of the day on in-person days and can also be picked up on remote days at the main entrance. Take advantage of it!
    • RBR is providing student-athletes transportation back to RBR for their 3:00 pm practices from Little Silver, Red Bank, and Shrewsbury.  Union Beach is also providing reverse transportation for student-athletes.

     

    Important updates for next week:

    • RBR will be closed on Monday, September 28 for Yom Kippur.  On Wednesday, September 30, all students will follow a virtual “A” day schedule from home:

     

    Times

    ALL STUDENTS FULL VIRTUAL “A” DAY

    8:00 - 8:50

    BLOCK 1

    8:55 - 9:45

    BLOCK 2

    9:45 - 10:00

    BREAK

    10:00 -10:50

    BLOCK 3

    10:55 -11:45

    BLOCK 4

     

     

    • Seniors and Senior Parents: Save the Date!  Buc Backers, the SOURCE, and Project Write Now are sponsoring a free college essay info session on October 5 at 7pm.  (See Flyer on our website for details and registration procedures.)

     

    • Our first home football game will be held on Friday October 2 and will be live-streamed so you can watch from home.  Details will be shared next week!

     

    A reminder that all students must check their school emails for important information, including accessing the daily health screen form.  We will also be updating our student success guidelines and checklist.  Please review it regularly for updates. 

     

    Have a great weekend and stay safe.

     

     

    Sincerely,

    Louis Moore

    Superintendent

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