Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will Medford Township Public Schools’ (MTPS) students and staff be required to wear a face covering while in school?
2. Is it okay for my child to wear a face mask, a gaiter that covers his/her nose and mouth, or a face shield?
3. An alternating A/B day schedule will make obtaining child care difficult. Is there a way to provide more consistency with the A/B day schedule to make child care easier?
4. I have several children in MTPS. Will they all be on a different A/B day schedule?
5. Why did the district select an early dismissal schedule for in-person days instead of a full-day schedule?
- Provides critical time for teachers to prepare high quality. asynchronous/synchronous lessons and virtual assignments.
- Provides additional time for teachers to receive professional development on best practices for remote learning.
- Provides staff time to reflect, review, and revise both instruction and building safety procedures.
- Assistants will be available for small groups or 1:1 virtual support in the afternoon.
- Eliminates large group gatherings like lunch and recess.
6. Will my child be able to participate in after-school activities or sports?
7. I am not comfortable with my child going to school for in-person learning, even in a hybrid model. Will there be an option for 100% remote learning from home?
8. Will my child receive a district provided chromebook for remote learning?
9. How is the district preparing teachers for the virtual learning platform?
10. Will the virtual instruction be daily recorded lessons or live lessons?
11. Will there be consistency across the district with the virtual learning and provided instructions/assignments?
12. Will children be learning the full curriculum in the hybrid model or in the 100% remote instructional model?
13. What does the district plan to do for the missed/lost skills during the last 3 months of the 2019-2020 school year?
14. Will students receive their specials and instrumental music lessons?
15. Will students have access to teachers for daily help or are the students required to submit questions and wait for a teacher response, thereby making working parents / caregivers responsible for the students’ questions and assistance during daily virtual work?
16. How will students with IEP’s be provided the required services (Pull out, In class support, Speech, PT, OT, etc.)?
17. Is the necessary cleaning achievable with an alternate A/B schedule vs an AA,BB schedule with a deep clean between the groups?
18. What is the protocol if any staff or student tests positive for COVID-19?
- Contact Tracing will begin immediately.
- Contact tracing is the process used to identify those individuals who come into contact with people who have tested positive for a contagious disease.
- Upon notification that staff or student has tested positive for COVID-19, the School Nurse will work with the local DOH to provide information to the DOH. This will include the schedule, attendance records, and person to person contact information of staff/students who were exposed by being with the individual within six feet for at least 15 minutes. Identified individuals may also include siblings.
- FERPA permits disclosure of personally identifiable information in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. The Nurse must record and maintain the disclosure information and significant threat in each student/staff record.
- Should notification occur after school hours, students and staff will be sent to an alternative location upon arrival at school until they can be picked up by a responsible adult.
- All rooms used by the individual testing positive will be closed for 48 hours. After 24 hours the room can be cleaned and disinfected, as per the procedures set forth by the Facilities Director and according to CDC guidelines. If applicable, this includes a bus before it can be put back in service.
- A letter will be sent to the parents/guardians of all students in the class, notifying them of the situation. Every attempt will be made to move the students to another room so in person learning can continue. If this is not possible, students will transition to remote instruction. Students on the child’s bus, if applicable, will also receive notification. If necessary, students will be moved to another bus. Confidentiality will be maintained.
- Additional notification will be provided to those who have had close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes) to the person diagnosed with COVID-19, based on the results of contact tracing. This notification will direct the individual to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 calendar days. Distance learning instruction, if applicable, will be provided. Confidentiality will be maintained.
- The individual who has tested positive may not attend school for at least 10 calendar days from the first onset of symptoms. The student must also be fever free without medication for the previous 24 hours and the majority of symptoms must be resolved. Distance learning instruction may be provided while the child is quarantined.
- The School Nurse will require appropriate documentation (i.e., negative test results or note from the staff/student’s physician certifying the individual is contagion free) before readmitting to school.
- If a household member is confirmed positive for COVID-19, the staff/student will be excluded from school for 14 calendar days.
19. Why is FULL DAY in-person instruction NOT offered as an option for students?
20. Why aren’t the hybrid rotations on consecutive days? For example, why isn’t group A on Monday and Tuesday and Group B on Thursday and Friday? This would allow for more cleaning on a Wednesday and benefit students with two consecutive in-school learning days.
21. For those families selecting the Hybrid A/B model, when will parents find out if their child(ren) is in the A cohort or B cohort?
22. If my child begins the school year in the hybrid model, can he/she switch to the 100% remote model? If my child begins the school year in the 100% remote model, can he/she switch to the hybrid model?
23. If the district is forced to shut down by order of the Governor of NJ and all students are learning remotely, will my child receive any live instruction?
24. Why was there not an option to send students back to school for five days per week?
25. My child is a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader. Will students be changing classrooms for different subjects?