• Enough is Enough. RBR Students and Staff Demand Action to Reduce Gun Violence

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 6/12/2022
    Dear Families and Students,
     
    This week students and staff gathered in the Field House to make a simple statement: Enough is enough. Leaders at the national level must do their part to reduce gun violence in our country. I've attached to photo and a statement I prepared after 17 students and teachers were murdered at Parkland High School in Florida in 2018. Little has been done to address this issue and gun violence has now surpassed automobile accidents as the leading cause of death for children ages 1-18 in the United States. Our country reached that milestone in 2020.
     
    I salute those members of our community who are taking a stand today on this issue. 
     
    Thank you,
     
    Louis Moore
     

    Schools Will Not Be Secure Until We Address Access to Lethal Weapons

     

    Since the tragedy at Columbine High School almost 20 years ago, school districts have implemented measures to protect students and staff from the threat of a mass shooting. Entrances have been hardened with “mantraps” and bullet resistant glass.  “Active shooter” drills are now regularly conducted along with fire drills. New security staff have been hired and all staff are trained on best security practices.

     

    Yet the brutal massacre in Parkland, Florida demonstrates that schools remain vulnerable  and the threat is ongoing. In addition to Parkland, there have already been 13 shootings at schools and and colleges this year.  Some argue that an appropriate response is to boost the number of security personnel allowed to carry guns. It has even been suggested that arming qualified teachers is the best way to protect against the next assault.

     

    But before we start an arms race in our schools, it’s time to pause and start to consider actions that will actually help to improve things.  Let’s start by acknowledging that regardless of how carefully we secure our schools, we will never be doing all we can until our society puts responsible limits on access to deadly firearms.  Common sense precautions that New Jersey and other states have established should become nationalized. These include instituting permits for handgun purchases, setting strict limits on magazines, and requiring licenses to own certain types of weapons.  At minimum it must be mandated that all gun buyers be subject to appropriate background checks. Current estimates are that 30 percent of gun sales take place--including gun show purchases--without this essential precaution.

     

    Yet all this is only a start.  If we are truly serious about school safety, we need to demand that whole classes of firearms be taken off the marketplace.  AR-15s and other assault rifles are the most notorious symbols of our country’s permissive attitude toward firearms access. But handguns with high capacity magazines exact an even greater toll on the innocent.  A child is shot or killed by a gun every 30 minutes in the United States; over the past five decades a staggering 160,000 children have been lost to gun violence. In 2016, the American Journal of Medicine reported that that among two dozen of the world’s wealthiest nations, this country accounted for 91 percent of firearms deaths among children 14 and under.

     

    Emotional claims that the right to possess lethal weapons is sacrosanct discredits the wisdom of the Constitution’s framers and ignores our own legal history.  Despite outcries from extremists that access to guns is threatened, the United States remains a society awash in firearms. Americans make up about five percent of the Earth’s population but they own nearly 50 percent of the world’s gun supply.  Until quite recently, the Supreme Court continually upheld the right of Congress and state legislatures to place substantial restrictions on access to firearms while respecting the Second Amendment. In practice this meant that Congress took sweeping action to ban weapons such as machine guns, assault weapons, and sawed-off shotguns while protecting the rights of responsible gun owners.

     

    Young people from Parkland, Florida and other communities throughout the nation are forcing all of us to come to terms with this issue.  This time we owe them more than platitudes, non-solutions, and nonsense. Ongoing improvements to school security are certainly necessary and we will continue to do our part.  But if Americans really want to avoid another tragedy, we must deal with the root cause: the irresponsible and permissive access we allow to guns in our society.

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  • New School Performance Reports Released

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 4/8/2022

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Members of the School Community,

     

    I am writing to provide you information about the 2020-2021 New Jersey School Performance Reports, which were recently released and are available on the NJ School Performance Reports webpage at www.njschooldata.org.

     

    The School Performance Reports reflect the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) commitment to providing parents, students, and school communities with a large variety of information about each school and district. These reports can be used as a tool to help evaluate whether all students have equitable access to a high quality education. We encourage you to use these reports to:

     

    •       Learn more about your school and district
    •       Start conversations with school community members and ask questions
    •       Engage with school communities to identify what schools are doing well and where they can improve

     

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the way the NJDOE was able to measure school performance and student achievement in both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Performance Reports. While some data that was missing in 2019-2020 will be available again for 2020-2021 (e.g. attendance data), other data continues to remain unavailable or looks different from prior years. 

     

    The NJDOE believes that it is important to use the available data in the reports, along with other information collected directly within districts and communities, to start conversations, identify gaps in information, and continue to find ways to address the impacts of COVID-19 and ensure all students receive the support and resources that they need. The School Performance Reports can and should be used in conjunction with available school and district data to identify priorities for upcoming year planning and the use of state and federal dollars.

     

    Notes are included throughout the School Performance Reports to explain where data is missing or impacted by COVID-19 and an updated Impact of COVID-19 on Data Availability resource is available to summarize this information.

     

    The 2020-2021 reports include changes that respond to stakeholder feedback, updated federal and state requirements, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes include:

     

    •   New career and college readiness data including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and dual enrollment participation by student group and work-based learning participation;
    •   Expanded staff data including staff counts and information about teachers by subject area, as requested by stakeholders;
    •   New apprenticeship data that shows how many students register in apprenticeship programs after high school graduation; and
    •   Links to additional data such as Start Strong assessment results and opportunity to learn data, which includes information about learning environments and device data during the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    The NJDOE continues to seek public input on ways to improve future reports. Please complete the School Performance Report feedback survey or email reportcard@doe.nj.gov with feedback and suggestions.

     

    I hope you find this information informative and helpful.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Louis Moore

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  • March 3 Critical Update

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 3/3/2022

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    I am writing to share important updates and reminders about our COVID-19 safety protocols.  Here are the highlights:

     

    Masks

     

    1. Starting on Monday, March 7 wearing masks at RBR will be optional. Masks will also be optional on school buses starting March 7. 
    2. In the event that the NJ CALI score for our region shifts to high or very high, masks may again be mandated.
    3. Students and staff may wear a mask if they choose to do so at any time. The district will not tolerate bullying and demeaning of students who choose to wear masks. 
    4. All students are expected to comply with mask wearing when requested under certain circumstances such as when meeting in small offices or visiting the nurse’s office. 

     

    Contact Tracing

     

    As per guidelines from the Monmouth Regional Health Commission, Red Bank Regional will continue to utilize contact tracing to minimize COVID-19 spread. Until further notice, RBR will follow our existing protocols and we will continue to consult the CDC and NJ DOH for guidance. See the COVID-19 FAQ for additional information. 

     

    While it appears we are finally moving into a phase when COVID-19’s impact on our lives will be minimized, it is important to remember that we still face a formidable challenge.  Most importantly, there are students and staff members at RBR with serious health conditions and we are counting on everyone to continue to do their part to keep everyone safe. Please stay home from school when you experience symptoms and continue to report positive COVID-19 cases to our health office. In addition, everyone is urged to get vaccinated, boosted, and to update the nurse’s office about their vaccination status.

     

     

    Thank you,

     

    Louis Moore

    Superintendent

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  • February 14 Critical Update

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 2/14/2022

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    Starting on Monday, March 7 wearing masks at RBR will be optional, however if your child rides the school bus they are still required to wear a mask. We are hopeful that this will represent a major step in returning life to normal at RBR.

     

    A reminder that everyone should continue to do their part to keep our community safe and healthy. Students should stay home if they have symptoms. If your child or someone in your immediate household tests positive for Covid-19, please continue to contact the nurse’s office.

     

    Everyone is urged to get vaccinated and to update the nurse’s office about their vaccination status.

     

     

    Thank you,

     

    Louis Moore

    Superintendent

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  • Community Update January 6, 2022

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 1/6/2022

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    Red Bank Regional High School will resume in-person instruction beginning on Monday, January 10. We will utilize the regular, full-day schedule. Lunch procedures will be modified to minimize the risk of virus transmission and these will be reviewed with students on Monday. We anticipate that most athletic programs will also resume next week. Coaches and the Athletic Office will share additional information as needed.

     

    Because we have shifted to remote instruction for this week, students will be expected to attend all their classes tomorrow virtually even in the event of a snow storm. Conditions may require the building to be closed and the cancellation of any activities. Please check the school website for updates.

     

    Most importantly, please continue to do your part to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our school and community. 

     

    1. All students must report to school on Monday wearing a properly fitting mask. Students who do not follow conduct guidelines will face disciplinary action and may be sent home.

    2. It is critically important to provide the health office with vaccination updates. You can upload a photo of your student’s vaccination card to be on record with our school health office using this Student Vaccination Information Form. If you have not done so yet, get vaccinated! A reminder that vaccines are free for all. Immigration status will not be asked, and health insurance is not required. You can also visit the NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Finder or contact the NJ Vaccine Call Center at 855-568-0545 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

    3. If your child is symptomatic, please keep them home and have them tested. Report all COVID-19 positive cases by using this form

     

    We thank you for your support.

    Sincerely,

    Louis Moore
    Superintendent

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