March 9, 2020


Dear Parent/Guardian:

I hope this message finds you well! As we continue to watch the news and follow the information coming out from the CDC, it does not seem that the current situation with Coronavirus is improving. Without over-reacting, we continue to have conversations so our school is prepared should we need to close. In the event of a long-term closure, our goal would be to keep the teaching and learning moving forward. We are equipped to provide a valuable learning experience for students through a virtual teaching/learning environment. 

A virtual school day would allow students to participate from home by using their laptop and logging into Schoology . This platform, which is already familiar to the students, will be used to access lessons for each class period. A special virtual day schedule has been designed to allow for the required hours of instruction.

In the case that this plan needs to be instituted, students will receive an email with directions on accessing materials and academic expectations in order to gain proper credit for their classes. Attendance will be taken virtually at the start of each period using discussion boards within Schoology . A student must record ‘actual attendance’ in every course on Schoology as the class begins. They are not required to sign in for study hall periods. Teachers will be available during their regular teaching periods to answer questions on-line.

‘The Virtual Day Folder’ containing the work for each course will become accessible on Schoology at the start of each day and will remain on display indefinitely.

If you would like to follow along or view the online lessons as they become available, you may do so by logging into your parent Schoology account. For help accessing your account, please contact Dr. Patrick Bernardo, our Supervisor of Instructional Technology at: Patrickbernardo@parkridge.k12.nj.us .

Please know that we hope to never need to use these plans. Our goal is not to alarm anyone, but rather to be prepared should we need to close.

Thank you for your continued support. Please contact me at 201-573-6000 ext. 5110 with any questions or concerns.


Sincerely,

Troy Lederman
Principal, Park Ridge Jr./Sr. High School
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