• Traffic Safety Update

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 10/4/2022

    October 3, 2022

     

    Dear Students and Families,

     

    The increase in traffic congestion during arrival and dismissal times poses a potential danger to our school community. In addition, it is stressful and contributes to air pollution and climate change. You can help us to alleviate this problem by taking the following steps:

     

    • Consider walking or biking to school. If everyone does this one day per week, congestion will be reduced by 20 percent! Twice a week and it will be reduced by 40 percent!

    • Utilize bus service if you are eligible.

    • Reduce trips to school by car and carpool.

    • If you must drive your student to school, please utilize both the main entrance curve and the Media Center area for drop off.

     

    In the afternoon, please pick up your student after 2:50 PM. By this time the buses have usually departed and most of the senior lot is also empty.  By arriving a little later, you will help to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow, and greatly enhance everyone’s safety.  Students are welcome to wait in the Commons and they may also study in the library until 3:00 PM. The media center is open until 4:15 on homework help days.

     

    Important Traffic Safety Updates

    General Concerns for Morning Drop-off

    Students should be dropped off on school premises only. In addition, Ridge Road is not a double lane roadway. Vehicles are passing into the opposite lane of travel or crossing into the bike lane to pass, creating dangerous conditions. 

    Do Not Drop Off Students on Harding Road and Ridge Road

    Dropping off on these roadways is a major safety issue and is against the law. Individuals deciding to drop off on Ridge Road may be subject to a traffic summons. 

    Dropping off/Picking Up on Cambridge Avenue in Fair Haven

    Parents should not drop off or pick up students on Cambridge Avenue across the street from the high school. A crossing guard or police officer cannot be present at the intersection and having students cross the busy roadway is an obvious safety issue. Furthermore, Cambridge Ave is a residential roadway that becomes congested when vehicles are lined on either side, creating a hazardous driving environment. 

    Avoid left turns into the main entrance

    Making a left turn into the main entrance of the school is highly discouraged. Due to the large number of cars making right turns into the main entrance, it makes left turns difficult and dangerous. Please utilize the eastern entrance, closer to Hance Road, to make a left turn into the parking lot. This entrance is much easier for left turns as there is very little traffic flowing in the opposite lane allowing for a faster and safer turn. 

    Thank you for your cooperation and support. Please be careful, especially as we head into the fall and driving conditions become more challenging.

    Sincerely,


    Louis Moore                             Paul Halpin                                          Jack Massaro
    Superintendent                          Chief of Police, Little Silver               School Resource Officer

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  • 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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