• COVID Testing

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 12/23/2020

    Dear Colleagues, Families, and Students,

     

    To reduce the risk of transmission and stabilize school operations, Red Bank Regional has partnered with a medical provider (“Back-to-Work Solutions”) to conduct PCR testing on campus.  This action will complement other efforts to expand testing in our community and give Red Bank Regional the capacity to identify cases in asymptomatic individuals and help reduce transmissions.  The program will be accessible to RBR staff and students, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.  

     

    Some Basics:

     

    Why test? By testing regularly, we can identify individuals without symptoms who do not know they are carrying the virus.  This will help us to keep our school safe and expand in-person programs in all areas, including athletics and instruction.  

     

    Will I have to self-quarantine if I register to be tested?  Absolutely not!  The voluntary testing program is only for students and staff who do not have symptoms.  We are encouraging everyone to test as often as possible!

     

    Who can participate? Any RBR staff member or student (sorry: no parents,  guardians, or non-school personnel at this time)

     

    What will be administered? The “gold standard” PCR test with a 36 to 72-hour turnaround; the procedure is painless and takes about one minute; the results will be reported to a designated district-contact only if an individual tests positive.  Confidentially will be maintained.

     

    Where? In the Field House (but enter through the school main entrance at your designated appointment time.)

     

    When? Wednesday at 1:30 starting January with additional days to be scheduled as needed.

     

    Register at: https://backtoworksolutions.com/RedBankRegionalSchool.html to schedule a five-minute telemedicine visit so you can be pre-screened. You should print your prescription you’ll receive by email.

     

    If you would like more information about how the program works, you can click on this link: Why Test?

     

    Thanks and stay safe!  Go Bucs! Let’s all do our part to crush the virus and keep our school safe!  

     

     

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  • New Director of Athletics and Activities for Red Bank Regional Appointed by Board of Education on December 21

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 12/22/2020

    Dear Colleagues, Families, and Students,

     

    This fall we engaged in a comprehensive search for a permanent Director of Athletics and Activities for our school.  Coaches, students, and families had the opportunity to share their perspectives in a community survey.  Mr. Michael Miello, the interim director, chaired a hiring committee made up of coaches, teachers, and administrators to evaluate potential candidates for this critical role.

     

    We were fortunate to have a strong group of applicants, but one candidate, Mr. Michael Stoia, stood out in terms of his experience, skills, and value priorities.  The hiring committee found him to be passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated to the success of our school.  Mr. Stoia impressed everyone with his entry plan and strong connection to the RBR community. In his presentation, he demonstrated a deep appreciation for our strengths as well as an understanding of what needs to be done to advance our programs.

     

    Mr. Stoia has deep experience as an educator and coach. He earned his master’s degree in school administration from Monmouth University and recently completed a multi-year internship under the Athletic Director of the Freehold Regional High School District.  He has taught history and social studies in Freehold Township High School since 2002 and currently serves as the freshmen football coach at Freehold Borough High School and the varsity girls basketball and softball coach at Freehold Township. During his career, Mr. Stoia has coached for 48 seasons of high school athletics. He is a RBR graduate and lives in Oceanport with his wife and three children.

     

    Mr. Stoia recently shared his excitement about joining RBR.  “As a school that combines the highest quality of education with first rate academic and athletic facilities for a

    diverse student body, I am humbled for the opportunity to come back and serve the community

    that embraced me many years ago,” he stated.  His first priorities will be to strengthen ties to sending districts and increase student involvement, even during the current health crisis.

     

    Mr. Stoia’s anticipated start date will be in February but he will be working closely with Mr. Miello to become acquainted with his new responsibilities.   I will be updating everyone on plans to introduce him in-person to our school community.

     

    Thank you,

    Louis Moore

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  • December 11 Reminder

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 12/8/2020

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    I am writing to remind everyone that on Friday December 11 students will not be attending classes since our staff will be participating in workshops, attending to other professional responsibilities and engaging in activities that boost physical and emotional health.

     

    We also thought it would be beneficial for everyone to engage in activities that are a break from the norm and promote wellness.  I am proud to share with you that currently over 600 students have signed up for “Student Resources” in our Source Google Classroom (Code:lebsfqb)  The SOURCE and other RBR staff have assembled a wide-range of services, activities, and great resources for students and families.  Here are samples of the options posted under the “Classwork” tab:

     

    Guided Meditation with Ms. Stevenson

    Mindful Walking (Weather report for Friday calls for a high temp of 52 degrees and partly sunny skies. Get outside everyone!)

    The Science of Happiness

     

    I also want to encourage everyone to continue to read for enjoyment.  As our media center director Mrs. April Barry says, “Step away from school work and READ!” and suggests our RBR digital library.

     

     The Sora App from Overdrive is a great way to access our digital library 24 hours a day. Senior Creative Writing student Gianna Lanfrank created this video tutorial for using Sora Sora Access Video Tutorial

    Use this books-for-teens list from Common Sense Media to help you and the entire family find your next great read.  If you see a book you are interested in that isn't found our digital library, let Mrs. Barry know, abunn@rbrhs.org.

    Remember- Your Public Library is open for digital access and curbside pickup.Little Silver, Red Bank, Shrewsbury (also Monmouth County Library)

     

    These continue to be challenging times for all of us.  2020 will be remembered as one of the difficult years we’ve faced as a school and a society.  But I know that better days are ahead.  Hang in there everyone.  Let’s do our part to keep everyone safe, keep up with our work, and plan for the brighter times that await.

     

    All the best to everyone and I hope you enjoy the downtime on Friday.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Lou Moore

    Superintendent

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  • 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.  






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