• Critical Update Dec. 20th

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 12/20/2020

    Dear Families and Students:

     

    This letter is to inform you that an individual who was present at RBR on Monday December 14 and Tuesday December 15 has tested positive for COVID-19. At the present time, we have identified and informed all known close contacts and the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission.  As a precaution and to ensure we can complete contact tracing, RBR will shift to full-remote instruction on Monday, December 21 and Tuesday, December 22.  A reminder that Wednesday will also be remote but will follow a regular "A" day schedule.  The building will be open through December 23, 2020 and you may email or call the main office if you have any questions.

     

    Thank you,

    Louis Moore

    Superintendent

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  • Critical Update Dec. 10th

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 12/10/2020

    Dear Colleagues, Families and Students,

     

    I am writing to provide an update on our status for the upcoming two weeks and share plans for January 2021.  An on-going challenge since September has been to protect everyone’s health and safety while ensuring continuity in our instructional program.  With this in mind, I am acutely aware that the recent shifts between “hybrid” and “full remote” have been difficult and I am hopeful that the course of action outlined below will avoid these pivots in the future.  

     

    First, based upon consultation with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, it has been determined that we can resume in-person “hybrid” instruction on Monday, December 14.  All known positive cases and close contacts among staff and students have been identified and these individuals are following the appropriate exclusion protocols.  I want to affirm the high value we place on in-person learning and our commitment to keeping school open as much as possible.  However, we will need to shift to full-remote again if we experience school-based transmissions or if the state or county risk index shifts to the “red” or the highest risk category.   (Everyone can consult the “COVID Dashboard” on our website to view the current number of cases at RBR and in our area.)

     

    Second, to avoid transmissions after the upcoming holiday break, instruction will be shifted to “full remote” from January 4 to January 8 as a preventative measure.  This will ensure we have the time to monitor and respond to a possible uptick in cases.

     

    Third,  to further reduce the risk of transmission and stabilize school operations, we also hope to make voluntary testing available on a weekly basis to all staff and students who are not ill or symptomatic starting on January 4.  This action will compliment other efforts to expand testing in our community and give us the capacity to identify cases in asymptomatic individuals and help to reduce transmissions.  Details on this initiative will be shared with you in another update.  You can find information about current testing options on our COVID Dashboard.

     

    In the meantime, we will continue to work with the MCRHC and use the Risk Assessment Matrix to guide our decisions.  I want to extend my thanks to everyone for rapidly informing our school health office at extension #241 about positive cases or contact exposures.  Please continue to do so.  Here are the "Return to School Guidelines” that we have been utilizing.

     

    As I mentioned earlier, better days are ahead.  But I know we will continue to do our part to keep everyone safe, keep up with our work, and plan for the brighter times that await.  

     

    Sincerely,

    Louis Moore

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  • Critical Update Dec. 2nd

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 12/2/2020

    Dear Students and Families,

     

    Unfortunately the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in our area continues to be at a high level.  It was recently reported that in November almost 400 COVID-19 cases were reported in Little Silver, Red Bank, and Shrewsbury.  This is a sharp increase from October when there were 79 cases.

     

    Even though we have avoided school-based infections, the latest data shows that the increased rate of transmission has impacted our school.  We have determined that since November 25 at least 22 staff members and students have tested positive for the virus and 29 have been added to the quarantine list and are awaiting test results.  It seems clear that this number will continue to grow, impacting both staff and students.

     

    The high rates of transmission and heightened concerns probably contributed to the low rate of student attendance for in-person instruction this week.  On Tuesday, December 1, less than 240 of the 653 students who are enrolled in cohort two were in attendance.

     

    Under these circumstances, I have determined that it is best to shift course and to suspend in-person instruction at least until Friday, December 11.  I realize this will be a disappointment to many families, students, and staff but I believe it best both in terms of providing consistency in our instructional program and ensuring everyone’s well-being, both emotionally and physically.

     

    I will provide an update on Thursday, December 10 with the hopes that the situation has improved sufficiently for us to resume in-person programs on Monday, December 14.  However, under the present circumstances it is appropriate that we brace for the possible extension of full-remote learning.

     

    During this time the School Counseling Department and the SOURCE  will continue to be available to all families and students.  

     

    The SOURCE remains committed to supporting the mental health, well-being and educational success of all students.  Please contact Suzanne Keller at skeller@rbrhs.org or Stacy Liss at sliss@rbrhs.org if you have any mental health concerns about your child. For more information regarding our services please have your student sign up for our Student Resources Google Classroom page using Code: lebsfqb. 

    The School Counseling Depart also remains committed to supporting our students and families.  All School Counselors and secretarial staff  will continue to be available and can be reached via email.  Our School Counseling Interactive Classroom can be accessed through this link to the Student Services tab on our website.  You may also contact the Director of School Counseling, Carly Londrigan, at clondrigan@rbrhs.orgThe main office can also be reached during regular school hours.

     

    I want to remind everyone that meals for the week will be available for  pick up on Monday December 7th and Wednesday December 9th from 2pm to 4pm at the front entrance of the High School building.  All meals are at no cost to students/families.

     

    Stay safe everyone.  Thank you for your support and understanding during these extremely difficult times.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Louis Moore

    Superintendent

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  • Critical Update Nov. 30th

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/30/2020

    Dear RBR Families and Students,

     

    These are challenging times for sure and I know our rapid pivot to full remote today was frustrating.  In addition to staffing issues today, we are also faced with the fact that transmissions have increased in our community, especially in Shrewsbury and Red Bank.  Because of today’s circumstances, I asked the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission and the NJ Regional Epidemiology team to review previous recommendations that we resume in-person programs.  Their previous recommendation stands: We can resume in-person programs tomorrow, December 1 with appropriate safe practices in place.

     

    It is critical that we continue to observe health and safety protocols.  These include:

     

    1. Implementation of exclusion and quarantine guidelines.  Let our health office/nurses office know immediately of any exposure to COVID-19, positive test results for COVID-19, or the appearance of symptoms for anyone in your family.
    2. Continued close adherence to protocols and procedures at school, especially wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
    3. Following the Centers for Disease Control Prevention safeguards:
      • Staying home when you are sick;
      • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
      • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
      • Practicing social distancing;
      • Wearing masks;
      • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Louis Moore

    Superintendent

     

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  • Critical Update Nov. 18th

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/18/2020

    November 18, 2020

     

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    We have continued to work with the Monmouth County Health Commission to share information and take appropriate action to maximize everyone’s health and safety while doing our best to maintain continuity in our school programs.

     

    There continues to be no evidence of community transmission of the virus within our school.  Unfortunately, because of the high transmission rate in our community and a significant number of our students testing positive for the virus this week, in-person learning will be suspended until Wednesday, November 25.  We hope to resume in-person programs on Monday, November 30.

     

    I realize that this news is disappointing and frustrating.  I share these sentiments.  I also know that RBR and other schools are doing our best to stop the spread of the virus.  Because of strict adherence to protocols--mask wearing, social distancing, and strictly following the advice of public health experts--we have minimized transmission within our zone of influence.  Now the  larger community needs to do all that can be done to stop the spread of the virus.   This includes ceasing social activities that can spread the virus.

     

    Please continue following the Centers for Disease Control Prevention safeguards:

     

    • Staying home when you are sick;
    • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
    • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
    • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;
    • Practicing social distancing;
    • Wearing masks;
    • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

     

    A reminder there will be meals available for pick up at the front entrance to the High School at these dates at no cost:

    •       Monday November 23rd from 2pm to 4pm and 
    •       Wednesday November 25th from 12noon through 2pm.

    Thank you for your support and continued efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

     

    Sincerely,



    Louis Moore

    Superintendent

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  • Critical Update Nov. 16

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/16/2020

    November 16, 2020

     

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    We learned today that a number of individuals at RBR have tested positive for COVID-19.  All instruction will be remote on Tuesday, November 17.  Wednesday will be a remote learning day, as previously scheduled.  

     

    We are continuing to work with the Regional Health Commission to take appropriate action to maximize everyone’s health and safety. 

     

    I wanted to remind everyone that meals will be distributed on Tuesday, November 17 from 1 to 2 PM at the main entrance at no cost.

     

    New Jersey and Monmouth County are experiencing a sharp increase in positive cases.  Everyone’s vigilance is critical to reducing the spread of the virus.  Please continue following the Centers for Disease Control Prevention safeguards:

     

    • Practicing social distancing and avoiding gatherings where social distancing is not possible;
    • Staying home when you are sick;
    • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
    • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
    • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;
    • Wearing masks;
    • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

     

    Thank you for your support and continued efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

     

    Louis Moore
    Superintendent

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  • Critical Update Nov. 15

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/15/2020

    RBR will be in full-remote mode on Monday, November 16.  In-person instruction and activities are cancelled.  Three positive COVID cases involving two students and one staff member have been reported.  We will update everyone tomorrow on our status for Tuesday.

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  • Critical Update Nov. 4

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/4/2020

     

    November 4, 2020

     

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    On October 30 and November 2, I reported that four students had tested positive for COVID-19 in our school, indicating that the virus may be spreading in our communities.  We have worked with the Monmouth County Health Commission to share updated information, assess the situation, and take appropriate action to maximize everyone’s health and safety. 

     

    There continues to be no no evidence of community transmission of the virus within our school.  However to minimize the risk of possible spread, the Health Commission has reevaluated their position and advised me this afternoon to suspend all in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, until Friday, November 13. 

     

    I realize that this news is unsettling and disruptive.  However, it is my hope that by taking this preventative action we can avoid further spread of the virus and additional disruptions to our in-person programs.

     

    Everyone’s ongoing vigilance is critical to reducing the spread of the virus.  Please continue following the Centers for Disease Control Prevention safeguards:

     

    • Staying home when you are sick;
    • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
    • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
    • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;
    • Practicing social distancing;
    • Wearing masks;
    • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

     

    Thank you for your support and continued efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    Louis Moore

    Superintendent

     

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  • Critical Update Nov. 2nd

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 11/2/2020

    November 2, 2020

     

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    We learned today that two students have tested positive for COVID-19.  We have implemented our response protocol and are working with the Regional Health Commission to assist with contact tracing.

     

    At this time there is no evidence of community transmission of the virus within the school.  The two students in question are siblings and they did not contract the virus at school.

     

    As was previously determined, please be advised that RBR will follow a remote “B” Day schedule on Tuesday, November 3 as required by the NJ DOE because of election day.  In addition, a regular remote learning schedule will be followed on Wednesday.  At the present time, we anticipate that we will resume in-person learning on Monday, November 9.

     

    Clearly the spread of the virus is increasing in our communities.  Everyone’s ongoing vigilance is essential to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Please continue following the Centers for Disease Control Prevention safeguards:

     

    • Staying home from school when you are sick;
    • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
    • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
    • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils
    • Practicing social distancing
    • Wearing masks
    • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

     

    Thank you for your support and continued efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    Louis Moore

    Superintendent

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  • RBR will be FULL REMOTE on Monday and follow an "A" day schedule

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 10/30/2020

    October 30, 2020

     

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    We learned today that another student has tested positive for COVID-19.  We have implemented our response protocol and are working with the Regional Health Commission to assist with contact tracing.

     

    At this time there is no evidence of community transmission of the virus within the school.  Nevertheless, because some of the identified close contacts are staff members I have decided that it would be appropriate to shift everyone to a full remote schedule on Monday, November 2 with an “A” day schedule.

     

    Because of the particular circumstances related to this case, and after consulting with the Regional Health Commission, it has been determined that athletic practices and games can proceed as scheduled.

     

    As you are aware, the community’s ongoing vigilance in following public health guidelines are essential.  Please continue following the Centers for Disease Control Prevention promoted safeguards:

     

    • Staying home from school when you are sick;
    • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
    • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
    • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;
    • Practicing social distancing
    • Wearing a face covering while in school; and
    • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

     

    Thank you for your support and continued efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy.

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Louis Moore

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