Reopen Old Bridge, NJ School District

Reopen Old Bridge, NJ School District

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Old Bridge school district is failing its students! At the very least, that is the feeling of many parents due to the lack of transparency from the district.

Time and time again, for almost a year surveys have been sent to parents, BOE meetings held and data regurgitated as to why the schools have only been open to the first level of 33% without moving past that or why they can’t be reopened. The students want, need and deserve more!

Give the parents information on what plans the task force team, BOE and superintendent have thought of, created or tried to initiate. Have you broken down #’s of the positive cases,  which the decision to keep the school shuttered is being made from? Do they consist mainly of the elderly being Old Bridge has one of the highest amount of assisted living residents within neighboring towns? If we were given this information, even if the plans failed, at minimum we would then know action is being taken other than looking at statistics only.  The multiple surveys sent to parents the past (9) months give us hope that our opinions on what in person, hybrid or remote plans work best to meet the needs of our children have value in the decision making process. However, that has proven to not be the case at all! We are demanding a plan of action that is beneficial to the students of Old Bridge and not a temporary band aid. 

The children, your students, are regressing educationally and emotionally to an extent that the effects are not yet known. That concern should be at the forefront of the districts mind! That is a more realistic concern than the fear of litigation being brought forth on the district for reopening schools. Again have all options been considered; Perhaps a waiver can be signed in terms of attending school to avoid litigation? Can the approved $153m district budget for 20/21 school year now be used to help our students directly with tutors, better devices, readily available books, etc?  The funds allocated for new buses, transportation, maintenance, upgrades, etc seem to be null and void with school shuttered for almost a year.

If the concern is not enough teachers to teach the students, that of course is valid. Understandably teachers may not all be able to go back to in person learning & have approved 504’s, why can’t those teachers continue to work remotely with the students who have opted out? Do the students who have chosen to opt out and stay remote correlate to the teachers who have 504’s? Why not combine classes within grades..that will free up 1-2 teachers per grade to help cover those that have been approved as high risk with 504’s. Maybe combine the Middle schools into (1) building for the remainder of the year? Of course we don’t have full insight into the logistics so can’t speak on if these options are even viable but those who do have insight, like the superintendent, the task force & the BOE, should provide that information. Again, we want transparency!

The fact private schools within our own township, neighboring towns, our neighboring states with much larger student populations are able to go to school in person full time, 5 days a week with lunch being provided, physical education and recess given without being shut down speaks volumes. We want to hear Old Bridge BOE as loud as them! A “we will wait and see to re-examine data” is no longer enough. 

You have done what you can to keep the students safe from the unknown of Covid which is appreciated by all!  The teachers and staff at every Old Bridge school has done and is doing all that they can for our students virtually and we appreciate them immensely for it. Unfortunately, at no fault of there own, we know that is no longer enough. As much as it pains everyone, the time to think of how to live within our new reality has come and gone. An action plan, taking into consideration all aspects, with options for all, is needed immediately.

By signing this petition, you are in support of the Old Bridge School District and Board of Education coming up with a proposal that gives families the choice of full day in person learning, hybrid learning or fully virtual learning.

 

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