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  • Virtual Board of Education Meeting
    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

    The Washington Township Board of Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 11 will be held virtually. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm. and can be viewed by community members live via the following YouTube link.

    There will be two opportunities for public comment during the meeting: one for items on the agenda; the second for any other topic.

    Community members who would like to comment via the District's secure Zoom Meeting ID are directed to email the Board of Education at comment@wtschools.org.  In your email, please be sure to include your first and last name, and your address (addresses will remain confidential).  Citizens will then be provided with a special Zoom Meeting ID prior to the meeting (by Tuesday, 7pm) and directions so they can have their comment heard.

    Please indicate in the subject of your email if it is:

    • Public comment on agenda item
    • Public comment general

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    August 7, 2020

    Catholic Charities and MVCA currently provide before and after school care programs in the Washington Township Schools. These two organizations have partnered with WTS to assess the need for an all-day child care program for school-aged children as a result of the District's 2-Day Rotating Schedule. If you believe you might have the need for child care services kindly respond on or before Wednesday, August 12. Catholic Charities and MVCA will then use the survey results to determine the feasibility of offering all-day child care at each of the district schools. Click HERE if you are interested in participating in the survey. Thank you!

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    August 6, 2020

    Click HERE to read Superintendent Jeff Mohre's announcement regarding student cohort assignments as WTS prepares for Opening Day 2020 (September 1st).

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    WTS is hosting a series of dialogues regarding the District's' reopening plan, The Road Back to Washington Township Schools. Join Superintendent Jeff Mohre, School Business Administrator Liz George, and Assistant Superintendent Jolene Battitori if you would like to participate. The events are planned for: Thursday, August 6 (7:00 - 8:30pm); Monday, August 10, (2:30 - 4:00pm); and Wednesday, August 12 (7:00 - 8:30pm). The Zoom Meeting IDs will be posted to the District web site (right here under District Announcements) on the day of each planned dialogue!

    Zoom Link to Aug 10, 2020 02:30 PM Dialogue:  

    Meeting ID: 861 7570 3283
    Passcode: 7T1PGB  

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    August 3, 2020

    Your Washington Township Schools presents the District's school reopening plan, The Road Back to Washington Township Schools. To review the "Plan" click HERE

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    July 31, 2020

    Click HERE to read the latest school-home communication regarding the reopening of your Washington Township Schools. Thank you!

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    July 29, 2020

    Click HERE to read the latest school-home communication regarding the reopening of your Washington Township Schools. Thank you!

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    Click HERE to make a formal request for NJ's Full-time Remote Learning Option for Families. Forms are due no later than Friday, July 31st. Thank you!

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    WTS continues to plan for the reopening of schools in preparation for the official start of the 2020-2021 school year,  Thursday, August 27, 2020. Our reopening efforts are being guided by the need to proceed with both care and caution during this pandemic period, and weremain steadfast in our commitment to develop a reopening plan that underscores safety and instructional consistency for the children, staff, and faculty. 

    We continue to plan based on the most current guidelines and are most cognizant of the need to adjust quickly to whatever changes may be forthcoming; we are prepared to adjust accordingly as this remains a very fluid situation.  In short, we are planning as if schools are opening tomorrow. That being said,  the 2-Day Rotating Schedule to start the school year continues to be the leading option as it best aligns with the primary reopening goals underscoring health/safety and instructional continuity. I plan to share the definitive structure for the 2-Day Rotating Schedule next Friday, July 31. Essentially, children would be coming to school every other day (for full days) to start the school year. This would greatly reduce class size in terms of the number of children who would be in school/in class at any given time. Children who are at home, either because they are not scheduled to be physically present or their parents have elected not to have them physically attend, would access their classrooms remotely each day. We have worked closely with Comcast to expand our bandwidth to accommodate and facilitate remote learning. Our goal to have all children feel capable, confident, and cared for ... and feel connected to their teachers and their schools. 

    Social distancing, frequent hand cleaning, and face coverings guidelines will need to be in place as we start the new year. Children and staff who are not feeling well on any given school day will remain at home. As a reminder, WTS will provide both cloth face coverings and plastic face shields to children and staff. This does not necessarily mean that children and staff will wear both all day long. The face shield provides a welcomed "break" from a cloth face covering.  We will set guidelines for children based on such factors as social distancing, hallway travel, outdoor classroom experiences, lunch recesses, arrival/departure etc.   

    Our talented Principals are currently creating student groups/cohorts and we are striving mightily to enable K-8 siblings to attend on the same day to assist parents with their schedules. We are aiming to share student cohort information by either Friday, July 31st  or Monday, August 3rd: Please be sure you are able to log on to OnCourse Connect as we will use that portal to communicate cohort groups to our students' parents. Newly registered parents, including newly registered kindergarten parents, will receive an email communication with their OnCourse Connect Username and Password early next week.     With the Governor formally announcing today that parents can opt for an "all virtual" education format (WTS was already preparing to accommodate "at-home" learners), our Principals may need to make changes to their student group/cohort drafts. Every planning step is being taken thoughtfully and we realize that even with thoughtful planning we need to be prepared to pivot. Due to the uncertainties a pandemic breeds,  we are planning this school year in chunks or segments of approximately 6 weeks in length and we will reevaluate and refine constantly as the year progresses. We may be able to become less restrictive over time. We may need to become more restrictive over time. Only time will tell and I know we are all hopeful for NJ's continued positive pandemic recovery which could result in fewer restrictions as the school year progresses. 

    Most certainly, additional information will be shared with everyone not only at the end of next week but throughout the month of August as we lead up to Opening Day 2020. It is important to note that the District has even facilitated meetings with Catholics Charities and MVCA (current providers of the schools' childcare program) to explore the feasibility of providing childcare services on school premises during the school day. Nothing definitive as of yet, but we are in the planning stages. There is no doubt that the reopening of schools is a multi-faceted endeavor and we are deeply committed to examining each aspect - - Physical & Mental Health; Teaching and Learning; School Operations; Technology Resources; Facilities & Maintenance; Transportation; and Governance - - with thought, effort and pride.

    Enjoy the weekend with your families and take good care,

    Jeff Mohre
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • 2020-2021

    Click HERE to view the "slightly" revised 2020-2021 School Calendar as approved by our Board of Education last evening. The change reflects a new start day for students: Thursday, August 27th.

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