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