COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), July 1, 2020

  • I hope this letter finds you and your families safe, healthy, and enjoying the beginning of summer break. While it should be our priority to enjoy the summer and our families to the maximum, inevitably, questions about September 2020 will arise. Along with these questions will come speculation. Please know we will share updates every two weeks throughout the summer and more often if needed. We recommend you use these updates as your primary source of information. 

    Today, we are sharing our first summer update on the heels of the release of The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education by the New Jersey Department of Education on Friday, June 26. The Road Back is a 104-page document that delineates the anticipated minimum standards for creating a safe and healthy environment while providing school districts the autonomy to best meet the needs of their communities. The plan is designed in four categories: Conditions for Learning, Leadership and Planning, Policy and Funding and Continuity of Learning. Within each of these segments, the NJDOE covers topics such as face coverings, transportation, social distancing, scheduling and more. Additionally, the plan calls for the establishment of a District Restart Committee which we have already enlisted, as well as school-based Pandemic Response Teams which we are currently organizing. These teams will meet in July, in person and virtually, to assist with our reopening plan. The plan must be submitted to the NJDOE for approval by August 1, 2020.

    At this time, as I am sure you realize, we still have very few answers. Our Leadership Team is working diligently to design a comprehensive reopening plan that covers multiple scenarios and offers the flexibility needed to navigate the dynamics of this situation. As we work in concert with our committees, feedback from our staff and community will play a critical role. We have already surveyed staff and expect to disseminate more staff surveys over the next few weeks. Additionally, we need feedback from our families and community. Please complete this brief survey (English | Spanish) by Monday, July 6. The information collected will provide the extra insight needed to create our plan.

    No public school will create a perfect plan; however, the Red Bank Borough Public Schools will create a plan focused on safety and health while providing as much in-person instructional time as possible within those parameters. I am certain this will be a challenging process and ask for your continued support, patience, and flexibility.

    Please continue to practice social distancing and make good choices. You can expect our next Community Update on or about July 15 and we are hopeful this update will include at least a skeleton reopening plan for your review. Stay safe and be well.

    PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES BELOW.

    • “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch - All Children 18 or Younger
      • Food Services are open Mondays and Thursday from 8:30-11:00 AM throughout the summer at RB Middle School - English/Spanish.
    • Voter Registration & Eligibility
    • Summer Learning Opportunities
      • Summer Learning Info - English | Spanish
      • Click HERE for a Summer Reading video tutorial from the Red Bank Public Library.
      • Visit our Virtual Learning Website for additional educational experiences for ALL students.
    • District Communication System Change
      • We are implementing a new communication system for all families called Remind. Many families are already familiar with this system. Moving forward, Remind will be utilized by all teachers as well as for all district-wide communication. Our reliance on phone blasts will be reduced and the focus will be on text messages.
    • Preschool and Grades K-8 Registration
      • Click HERE for registration information for NEW Preschool - Grade 8. Please share with prospective families.
      • Any student currently in the Red Bank Borough Public Schools does not need to register.
      • If you are relocating within Red Bank or have moved out of Red Bank, call 732-758-1510.
    • Counseling, Health and Educational Services
      • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Parents of Special Education students with questions or needs are encouraged to reach out to their case managers, related service providers or Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Review our Notice Regarding Special Education Services (English or Spanish).
      • Visit our State & Federal Resources section for important information.
    • General Information
      • Questions? Call 732-758-1500 and leave a message. Here is other important Contact Information.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), June 17, 2020

  • Today is officially the final day of the 2019-2020 school year. March 13, our final day in our brick and mortar settings, seems like a distant memory. Classroom whiteboards with 3/13/20 lesson objectives and daily agendas suggest time has stood still and things remain unchanged; however, we all know better than this. Things are not the same and in some ways, they should never be the same again. Our country and our community are being tested. We are under duress and stress. We have endured the loss of lives due to COVID-19 and the loss of lives as a result of social injustice and egregious violence. It is time for change and our school community will embrace the opportunity to be at the forefront of social and educational reform. On June 9, 2020, our Board of Education President, Dr. Frederick Stone, spoke about the murder of George Floyd. He acknowledged our responsibility to equity and challenged us to redouble our efforts. Today more than ever, we must embrace inclusivity, engage in tough conversations, and implement structures to support access and opportunity for all. We will do our part for our students, our families, and our staff to support the well-being of this community.

    While not a replacement for what we normally do on a daily basis, our foray into remote and virtual learning was nothing short of heroic on the part of our staff, our students, and our families. Our experiences provided us the knowledge and functionality to do better and be better. Regardless of our learning environment come September - in-person, remote, or hybrid - we have expanded our capacity and skills in a way that will better serve our students.

    Looking back it is easy to see this was a school year like no other. Yet in many ways, it was business as usual for a school district accustomed to ongoing growth and distinguished accomplishments. We started off the year by receiving the prestigious Lighthouse Award from the New Jersey Department of Education in July. In the fall, our Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer teams both captured the Shore Athletic League Championship. And 2020 started off well as we received the distinction of High-Performing as a result of the New Jersey Department of Education’s QSAC evaluation process. And we closed out our year with more good news. Mrs. Dena Russo, Vice-Principal of Red Bank Primary School, received the NJPSA Visionary Leadership Award and the NAESP National Distinguished Vice-Principal honor. Yes, we missed some milestones and some special events unique to our school community including in-person Moving Up and Moving On Ceremonies, the AVID College and Career Showcase, our Academic Showcase, and one of my personal favorites - International Night at our Primary School but this week is filled with virtual celebrations. We already enjoyed our virtual 2020 Athletics and AVID celebrations and tonight we have the highly anticipated 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony which will be available on our website at 6:00 PM.

    As we prepare for the 2020-21 school year we still have many more questions than answers. Our bi-weekly updates will continue to ensure you are fully informed regarding plans and guidelines. If necessary, additional updates will be sent as well. As a reminder, we will continue our Meal Distribution services at Red Bank Middle School every Monday and Thursday from 8:30 to 11:00 AM.

    Thank you all for your efforts during these challenging times. Our collaboration is a strong demonstration of the resilience and unity our community needs to maintain moving forward. I hope your summer is filled with BIG Dreams, good health, and smiles.

    We miss you.
    We see you.
    Be well.
    jr

    PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES BELOW.

    • “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch - All Children 18 or Younger
    • Chromebook Return
      • Chromebooks are not being collected at this time EXCEPT for families transferring out of the District or that have a child in Grade 8 with no siblings in the District.
    • Voter Registration & Eligibility
    • Extended School Year (ESY)
      • ESY will be held virtually for eligible students. Information will be communicated directly to any family involved.
    • Summer Learning Opportunities
      • Information regarding Summer Learning will be mailed home with Report Cards to all current Grades K-7 families. Information will also be posted on our website.
      • Click HERE for a Summer Reading video tutorial from the Red Bank Public Library.
    • District Communication System Change
      • Beginning July 1, 2020, we will be implementing a new communication system for all families called Remind. Many families are already familiar with this system. Moving forward, Remind will be utilized by all teachers as well as for all district-wide communication. Our reliance on phone blasts will be reduced and the focus will be on text messages. More information will be mailed home with Report Cards.
    • Preschool and Grades K-8 Registration
      • Click HERE for registration information for NEW Preschool - Grade 8. Please share with neighbors and other prospective families!
      • Any student currently in the Red Bank Borough Public Schools does not need to register.
      • If you are relocating within Red Bank or have moved out of Red Bank, call 732-758-1510.
    • Assessment - Grades K-8
    • Counseling, Health and Educational Services
      • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Parents of Special Education students with questions or needs are encouraged to reach out to their case managers, related service providers or Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Review our Notice Regarding Special Education Services (English or Spanish).
      • Visit our State & Federal Resources section for important information.
    • General Information
      • Questions? Call 732-758-1500 and leave a message. Here is other important Contact Information.
      • Our District has a Forced Closure Plan as required by the NJ Department of Education. This plan is fluid and changes weekly as new guidance is provided. It addresses feeding, instruction, student services and more.

     

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), June 3, 2020

  • June is finally here, and although it is not the June we anticipated, we do expect to wrap up another successful school year for the Red Bank Borough Public Schools with the appropriate attention given to achievements and milestones. These include a virtual AVID Celebration, recognition of our Grade 8 Student-Athletes, identification of our 2020 National Junior Honor Society inductees, and a virtual celebration of Red Bank Middle School’s Class of 2020. Additionally, our educators will also independently honor in a variety of ways the Moving Up and Moving On of our Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 3 students. Through a shared Project Based Learning experience, we have already initiated the transition process as our current third-graders prepare for the excitement and opportunities they will enjoy at Red Bank Middle School in the fall. Through the use of Flipgrid, we anticipate sharing a fun introduction to the new faces our 4-year olds will meet at Red Bank Primary School come September. And finally, as previously noted, we are excited to share with our school community and the world, our Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

    Looking ahead, we do not know what September will bring. We are in constant discussions with County and State representatives to assess potential options for 2020 and we are anxiously awaiting specific guidelines from the State regarding the reopening of schools. While I am hopeful our students will be back in school enjoying the high-quality instructional environment we have carefully cultivated here in Red Bank, at this time, we still have more questions than answers. In the meantime, we will continue to work diligently to best prepare for the fall and we will provide frequent communications throughout the summer regarding important updates.

    As a reminder, Wednesday, June 17 will be our 180th and final day of school. Please be sure to review the important information below regarding Meal Distribution and Student Materials Pickup. As noted below, beginning Monday, June 8 our meal distribution hours are extended to 8:30 to 11:00 AM at Red Bank Middle School every Monday and Thursday. Meals will be distributed throughout the summer months.

    On behalf of our teachers and support staff, I thank you again for your continued support and your ongoing communication to help us best serve our children. Let’s continue to inspire BIG Dreams, be our #BestSelf and keep our children smiling as this school year comes to a close. Our next update will be on Wednesday, June 17. Until then, we will maintain our #RBBisBIA mindset so we can rest assured, we are the Best for Red Bank!

    PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES BELOW.

    • “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch - All Children 18 or Younger
      • Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, food services will be opened from 8:30-11:00 AM. English | Spanish.
    • Preschool & Grades 4-8 Unclaimed Student Materials Pickup
      • Preschool and Grades 4-8 Unclaimed Student Materials Pickup Information: English | Spanish
    • Extended School Year (ESY)
      • Our ESY program will be held virtually for all eligible Special Education students. Additional information will be communicated directly to any family involved.
    • Preschool and Grades K-8 Registration
      • Click HERE for registration information for NEW Preschool - Grade 8. Please share with neighbors and other prospective families!
      • Any student currently in the Red Bank Borough Public Schools does not need to register.
      • If you are relocating within Red Bank or have moved out of Red Bank, call 732-758-1510.
    • Grading - Trimester 3
      • Report Cards will be mailed the week of June 29, 2020. Assignments provided virtually or via home learning packets should be completed to the best of your child’s ability.
      • Paper packets may be returned to Red Bank Middle School during meal services on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30-11:00 AM.
      • See our May 20, 2020 Community Update for specific grading info.
    • Home Learning Information
      • See our May 20, 2020 Community Update for specific info.
      • Staff are available Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 PM at a minimum. You may reach out to them via email, ClassDojo, Remind and/or Google Meet/Classroom should you have any questions.
      • Visit our Virtual Learning Website for additional educational experiences for ALL students.
    • Counseling, Health and Educational Services
      • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Parents of Special Education students with questions or needs are encouraged to reach out to their case managers, related service providers or Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Review our Notice Regarding Special Education Services (English or Spanish).
      • Visit our State & Federal Resources section for important information.
    • General Information
      • Questions? Call 732-758-1500 and leave a message. Here is other important Contact Information.
      • Our District has a Forced Closure Plan as required by the NJ Department of Education. This plan is fluid and changes weekly as new guidance is provided. It addresses feeding, instruction, student services and more.
      • The New Jersey Department of Education continues preparations for the next stages of school opening, and hearing from parents is a priority. Take a few minutes to complete a NJDOE Parent Survey - English or Spanish.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), May 20, 2020

  • The end of this unusual school year is fast approaching. We revised the 19-20 calendar and Wednesday, June 17 will be our 180th and final day of school. On that evening, we will celebrate our eighth-grade graduating Class of 2020 with a virtual ceremony to culminate their journey through the Red Bank Borough Public Schools. Graduation and Grade 8 activity details will be distributed later this week directly to our eighth-grade families. Additionally, we have initiated planning for a virtual Extended School Year program for all eligible special education students. As noted below, eligible families will receive notification soon.

    We have many housekeeping items to address as we look ahead to the remaining 19 days of school. The majority of these items are listed below. Please review carefully and mark your calendars. For events that require a visit to our schools, we request that one parent/guardian participate per family in order to ensure adherence to public health guidelines.

    Looking back over the past 9 weeks, we have much to be proud of as a school community. The word resilience is simultaneously overused and an understatement. This infographic brilliantly shares our journey in numbers but it cannot convey the compassion, unity, patience, collaboration, and enthusiasm that writes this story. On behalf of our teachers and support staff I thank you for your continued support and your ongoing communication to help us best serve our children. Let’s continue to inspire BIG Dreams together and keep our children smiling as we close out the 19-20 school year!

    Our next update will be on Wednesday, June 3. Until then, we will maintain our #RBBisBIA mindset so we can rest assured, we are the Best for Red Bank!

    PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES BELOW.

    • Food Services
      • FOOD SERVICES ARE ONLY AT RED BANK MIDDLE SCHOOL.
      • Due to Memorial Day, our schedule has changed for the week: English | Spanish.
      • If your income has changed and you believe you may qualify for Free or Reduced lunch, please review our application (English | Spanish). Once completed, email it to menteri@rbb.k12.nj.us, mail it (Red Bank Borough Board of Education, 76 Branch Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701) or drop it off at Red Bank Middle School during “Grab and Go” Food Services.
    • Grade 8 Graduation, Caps & Gowns, Chromebook Returns and Locker Pickup information will be communicated by Friday, May 22, 2020.
    • Preschool - Grade 7 Student Materials Pickup InformationEnglish | Spanish
    • 2019-2020 Calendar Change
      • Our Board of Education approved a revised Calendar. The last day of school is Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
    • Extended School Year (ESY)
      • Our ESY program will be held virtually this year for all eligible Special Education students. Additional information will be communicated directly to any family involved.
    • Preschool and Grades K-8 Registration
      • Registration for new Preschool - Grade 8 students is on hold. We will alert the community when more information is available. Please share with prospective parents, especially those planning to enroll in Preschool for September 2020.
    • Grading - Trimester 3 - Report Cards will be mailed the week of June 29, 2020. Assignments provided virtually or via home learning packets should be completed to the best of your child’s ability.
      • Grades K-3: Students will receive an overall grade for Literacy and Mathematics as a result of not being able to individually assess each standard. The grading terminology will remain consistent with the numbering system on the grading rubric. Special Areas will not be assessed for the third trimester, although they are valued and viewed as an important part of the development of students.
      • Grades 4-5 and Grades 4-8 Specials: Students will be graded as PASS or UNABLE TO ASSESS. All unable to assess grades will have comments.
      • Grades 6-8: Students will be graded as PASS, FAIL or UNABLE TO ASSESS. All unable to assess and fail grades will have a comment. A final grade will be calculated as PASS, FAIL or UNABLE TO ASSESS.
    • Home Learning Information
      • Preschool
        • Click HERE for Home Learning information.
      • Grades K-2: HOME LEARNING PACKETS
        • Home Learning Packets will continue until Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Work will be provided during Student Materials Pickup.
      • Grade 3-8: VIRTUAL LEARNING
        • Virtual Learning will continue until Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
        • Students in these grades should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments.
        • Grades 4-8 Students - Click HERE for Red Bank Middle School Virtual Learning Plans.
      • Staff are available Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 PM at a minimum. You may reach out to them via email, ClassDojo, Remind and/or Google Meet/Classroom should you have any questions.
      • Visit our Virtual Learning Website for additional educational experiences for ALL students.
    • Counseling, Health and Educational Services
      • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Parents of Special Education students with questions or needs are encouraged to reach out to their case managers, related service providers or Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Review our Notice Regarding Special Education Services (English or Spanish).
      • Visit our State & Federal Resources section for important information.
    • General Information
      • Questions? Call 732-758-1500 and leave a message. Here is other important Contact Information.
      • Our District has a Forced Closure Plan as required by the NJ Department of Education. This plan is fluid and changes weekly as new guidance is provided. It addresses feeding, instruction, student services and more.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), May 6, 2020

  • As you know, Governor Murphy recently closed all of New Jersey’s schools for the remainder of the 19-20 school year. It is a decision that will provide us the best opportunity to reopen in September, and hopefully with minimal restrictions. We are deeply saddened we will not be able to reopen our doors this spring for our students or provide the same end of year experiences to which we all have grown accustomed. However, this presents an opportunity for us to grow in new ways as a school community and close out the school year to the best of our ability.

    We are currently preparing for Week 8 of Home Learning and adjusting our meal distribution operations. Thanks to the support of our community, our successful tax-neutral bond referendum will enable us to complete several emergent projects. At Red Bank Primary School, work has begun to replace HVAC units while we anticipate a May start date for the new roofing project. As you will read below, this requires all food and home learning packet distribution to take place at Red Bank Middle School on May 11 and May 14. We will evaluate these operations and make any necessary adjustments for the weeks ahead.

    As noted previously, our school year typically ends with many special events, most notably our eighth-grade dance and graduation as well as our AVID and Athletics celebrations. As of today, we have not received any guidance on what will be permitted or prohibited regarding these events. While a few other districts may be advertising plans, it is premature to do so without confirmation of the parameters. We do expect to celebrate some of these milestones and will share the details once we can plan accordingly. And again, this also applies to our Extended School Year program and the reopening of school in September.

    We are committed to the continuity of instruction during this unprecedented pandemic, with the understanding that we cannot replicate school. Our main focus continues to be the health and well-being of our families and providing the food and other support services needed to help them successfully navigate through this crisis. Our staff will continue to support students in whatever ways necessary. Our trimester three grading information will be in our next update. Our expectations and grading will reflect the existence of the many inequities, provide flexibility to our families and ensure no student is harmed due to this situation. Students should continue to do their very best in completing assignments. Families will be contacted if students are not demonstrating active participation. Any extraordinary lack of contact from a student will lead to a wellness check at the place of residence.


    Our next update will be released on Wednesday, May 20 and as always, it will be communicated via our website, marquee, phone blast, social media, etc. Until then, we will maintain our #RBBisBIA mindset so we can rest assured, we are the Best for Red Bank!

    PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT UPDATES BELOW.

    • Food Services
      • Beginning Monday, May 11th, FOOD SERVICES WILL ONLY BE PROVIDED AT RED BANK MIDDLE SCHOOL. “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch distribution is held every Monday and Thursday from 9:00-11:00 AM. For English, click HERE. For Spanish, click HERE.
    • Preschool and Grades K-8 Registration
      • Our regular registration process for new students (Preschool - Grade 8) is on hold. We will alert the entire community when more information is available. Please share this information with prospective parents, especially those planning to enroll in our Preschool program for September 2020.
    • Classroom Materials (Lockers & Desks)
      • We are currently preparing for the packing up of all student desks and lockers. We will have dates/times set aside for pickup as well as the opportunity for students to return textbooks, trade books, instruments, etc. More information will be forthcoming in our next update
    • Notice Regarding Special Education Services (English or Spanish)
    • Grading - Trimester 3
      • Our grading plan for the third trimester has not been finalized. We plan to communicate our intentions on Wednesday, May 20. Assignments provided virtually or via home learning packets should be completed to the best of your child’s ability. However, our main concern is for students and families to remain healthy and safe at this time.
    • Education (Home Learning Packet Info: English or Spanish)
      • Preschool - Grade 2 - HOME LEARNING PACKETS & SUPPLEMENTAL TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
        • New Home Learning Packets for May 18-29, 2020 will be available at the Red Bank Middle School on Monday (May 11) and Thursday (May 14) from 9:00-11:00 AM. At that time, Grades K-2 students should return any completed work (paper-based) in the large white envelope received last week.
      • Grades 3 & 4 - VIRTUAL LEARNING & HOME LEARNING PACKETS
        • Students in Grades 3 & 4 should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments. Click HERE for Grade 4 Virtual Learning Plans. A select group of students in Grades 3 & 4 will be provided home learning packets and will be contacted individually.
        • ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 3 & 4 should return any completed paper-based work to the Red Bank Middle School on Monday (May 11) or Thursday (May 14) from 9:00-11:00 AM. If you have the white envelope provided, place all work in the envelope. If not, write your child's name and teacher on the front page.
      • Grade 5, 6, 7 & 8 - ALL VIRTUAL LEARNING
        • Students in these grades should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments. Click HERE for Red Bank Middle School Virtual Learning Plans.
      • All staff are available Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 PM at a minimum. Feel free to reach out to them via email, ClassDojo, Remind, Google Meet or Classroom should you have any questions.
      • Visit our Virtual Learning Website for additional educational experiences for ALL students.
    • Counseling, Health and Educational Services
      • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Parents of Special Education students with questions or needs are encouraged to reach out to their case managers, related service providers or Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • Visit our State & Federal Resources section for important information.
    • General Information
      • Questions? Call 732-758-1500 and leave a message. Here is other important Contact Information.
      • Our District has a Forced Closure Plan as required by the NJ Department of Education. This plan is fluid and changes weekly as new guidance is provided. It addresses feeding, instruction, student services and more.

     

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), April 22, 2020

  • We closed our doors on Friday, March 13 and while the days have seemed long, the time has flown by. We hope everyone enjoyed a restful and peaceful Spring Break. As we prepare for Week 7 of Home Learning, we continue to send strong thoughts of positivity to our students and families and wish everyone the best of health. Looking back, we have faced immense challenges and we thank you for your patience, participation and partnership to support our children and this journey. Looking ahead, we still face uncharted waters but we do so with optimism, the experience of lessons learned and the #RBBisBIA mindset which encourages us to be our best every day.

    As per Governor Murphy's Executive Order 104, schools are closed indefinitely. We anticipate the Governor’s next update on Friday, May 15. At this time, we are dealing with many unknowns and cannot predict what future parameters may include, as a result, planning for future events is on hold. Our school year typically ends with many special events, most notably our eighth grade dance and graduation as well as our AVID and Athletics celebrations. While we hope to celebrate these rites of passage in some form or fashion, we do not currently have the necessary information to plan these events. As this process continues to unfold, we will explore ways to acknowledge these milestones and continue to provide updates along the way. This also applies to any potential plans for the reopening of school this academic year or in September.

    As we continue our virtual and home learning, we are committed to the continuity of instruction during this unprecedented pandemic, with the understanding that we cannot replicate school. Our main focus continues to be the health and well-being of our families and providing the food and other support services needed to help them successfully navigate through this crisis. Our staff will continue to support standards-based instruction, differentiated in ways no one ever expected. A variety of modifications, accommodations and adjustments must be made to support everyone involved, including the adults. Our expectations and our trimester three grading will reflect the existence of so many inequities, provide flexibility to our families and ensure no student is harmed due to this situation. We encourage each student to do their very best in completing assignments and participate virtually whenever possible. Parents/Guardians will be contacted by administrators if students are not demonstrating active participation through the available platforms. Additionally, as a precaution to ensure the well-being of our families, any extraordinary lack of contact from a student will lead to a wellness check at the place of residence.

    Below are some general suggestions on how to support your child’s home learning:

    • Scheduling regular times each day for your child to do school work.
    • Having your child take movement and brain breaks.
    • Contacting your child’s teacher with any questions.
    • Asking your child about assignment due dates and supporting them, as needed.
    • Designating a place where your child will work on his/her assigned tasks.

    Our next update will be released on Wednesday, May 6 and as always, it will be communicated via our website, marquee, phone blast, social media, etc. Until then, we will maintain our #RBBisBIA mindset so we can rest assured, we are the Best for Red Bank!

    And this bears repeating…

    We look forward to the days our empty buildings once again become schools. We look forward to seeing our hallways and classrooms filled with smiling faces. And, we look forward to the beautiful days ahead when our students run into our schools just as fast as they run out. We are not sure when, but rest assured that day will come. In the meantime, continue to take care of yourselves and your families and practice good health habits and social distancing.

    Enjoy this awesome video created by our Primary School Music Teacher, Mrs. Boehm and our Mathematics Coach, Dr. Cuddihy with support from the Best Staff in America!

    Please read the important updates below.

    • Preschool and Grades K-8 Registration
      • Due to school closures, our regular registration process for new students (Preschool - Grade 8) is on hold. We will alert the entire community when more information is available.
      • Please share this information with prospective parents, especially those planning to enroll in our Preschool program for September 2020.
    • Education (Home Learning Packet Info: English or Spanish)
      • Preschool - Grade 2 - HOME LEARNING PACKETS & SUPPLEMENTAL TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
        • New Home Learning Packets for May 4-15, 2020 will be available at the Red Bank Primary School on Monday (April 27) and Thursday (April 30) from 9:00-11:00 AM. At that time, Grades K-2 students should return any completed work (paper-based) in the large white envelope received last week.
      • Grades 3 & 4 - VIRTUAL LEARNING & HOME LEARNING PACKETS
        • Students in Grades 3 & 4 should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments. Click HERE for Grade 4 Virtual Learning Plans. A select group of students in Grades 3 & 4 will be provided home learning packets and will be contacted individually.
        • ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 3 & 4 should return any completed paper-based work to the Red Bank Primary School on Monday (April 27) or Thursday (April 30) from 9:00-11:00 AM. If you have the white envelope provided, place all work in the envelope. If not, write your child's name and teacher on the front page.
      • Grade 5, 6, 7 & 8 - ALL VIRTUAL LEARNING
        • Students in these grades should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments. Click HERE for Red Bank Middle School Virtual Learning Plans.
        • Our grading plan for the third trimester has not been finalized. Assignments provided virtually or via home learning packets should be completed to the best of your child’s ability. However, our main concern is for students and families to remain healthy and safe at this time.
        • All staff are available Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 PM at a minimum. Feel free to reach out to them via email, ClassDojo, Remind, Google Meet or Classroom should you have any questions.
        • Visit our Virtual Learning Website for additional educational experiences for ALL students.
      • Food Services
        • Our “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch distribution is held on Mondays and Thursdays. For English, click HERE. For Spanish, click HERE.
      • Counseling, Health and Educational Services
        • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
        • Parents of Special Education students with questions or needs are encouraged to reach out to their case managers, related service providers or Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
      • General Information
        • Contact Information - Important Numbers and Email Addresses
        • Our District has a Forced Closure Plan as required by the New Jersey Department of Education. This plan is fluid and changes weekly as new guidance is provided. It addresses feeding, instruction, student services and more.
        • If you have any questions, call 732-758-1500 and leave a message.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), April 7, 2020

  • We hope everyone is doing well and holding up under the circumstances. Thank you for another successful week of remote learning and for the enthusiastic response to our Virtual Learning Spirit Week!

    Governor Murphy's Executive Order requires all New Jersey schools to be closed indefinitely and we anticipate his next update on Friday, April 17. After several weeks of intense efforts by our students, families and staff to support continuity of instruction, the #RBBisBIA attitude is shining brightly! We are set to enjoy a much-deserved Spring Break beginning on Friday, April 10 and ending on Sunday, April 19.

    You can expect our next update on Wednesday, April 22 and as always, it will be communicated via our website, marquee, phone blast, social media, etc. This update will include details about assessing student work for the third trimester and any plans we have developed moving forward. As we progress through this unprecedented journey, we expect to improve each week in all areas including communication, food services and instruction. We are keenly aware that this is not a time for added stress or confusion, so we are committed to making every decision in the spirit of simplicity, compassion and assistance.

    Today more than ever, we are here for each student and every family. Our goal is to continue to provide the inspiration for BIG Dreams and then support each child on their journey to get there! We are committed to doing our daily best to ensure this never changes. Please do not hesitate to reach out for any type of assistance you might need. If we cannot provide direct support then we will connect you with the appropriate resources.

    We look forward to the days our empty buildings once again become schools. We look forward to seeing our hallways and classrooms filled with smiling faces. And, we look forward to the beautiful days ahead when our students run into our schools just as fast as they run out. We are not sure when, but rest assured that day will come. In the meantime, continue to take care of yourselves and your families and practice good health habits and social distancing.

    Please read the important updates below.

    • Education (Home Learning Packet Info: English or Spanish)
      • Preschool - Grade 2 - HOME LEARNING PACKETS & SUPPLEMENTAL TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
        • New home learning packets for the week of April 20 - May 1, 2020 will be available at the Red Bank Primary School on Monday (April 13) and Thursday (April 16) from 9:00-11:00 AM. At that time, Grades K-2 students will receive an envelope where they can return completed work on April 27 or 30.
      • Grades 3 & 4 - VIRTUAL LEARNING & HOME LEARNING PACKETS
        • Students in these grades should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments. Click HERE for Grade 4 Virtual Learning Plans. In addition, home learning packets for the week of April 20 - May 1, 2020 will be available at the Red Bank Primary School on Monday (April 13) and Thursday (April 16) from 9:00-11:00 AM. At that time, each child will receive an envelope where they can return completed paper-based work on April 27 or 30.
      • Grade 5, 6, 7 & 8 - ALL VIRTUAL LEARNING
        • Students in these grades should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments. Click HERE for Red Bank Middle School Virtual Learning Plans.
      • We are working on revising our grading plan for the third trimester. All work assigned virtually or on paper should be completed to the best of your ability.
      • If you need to connect to WiFi, click HERE.
      • Visit our Virtual Learning website for additional educational experiences for all students.
      • All staff are available Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 PM at a minimum. Feel free to reach out to them via email, ClassDojo, Remind or Google Classroom should you have any questions.
    • Food Services
      • Our “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch distribution will be held on Mondays and Thursdays moving forward. For English, click HERE. For Spanish, click HEREWe will be open during Spring Break.
      • On Monday (April 13) and Thursday (April 16) our community partners Fulfill and Lunch Break will be providing bags of non-perishable food to families. This is first come, first served.
    • Counseling & Health Services
      • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
    • General Information
      • Contact Information - Important Numbers and Email Addresses
      • If you have any questions, call 732-758-1500 and leave a message.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), MARCH 26, 2020

  • Dear Red Bank Borough Families,

    I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. As a parent, I understand the amount of uncertainty we have at the moment and the many questions going through your minds - Will we have end of the year activities including promotion? What about grades and report cards? Will my child be promoted to the next grade? We understand these questions can lead to increased anxiety. Rest assured we are all in the same boat and will continue to communicate via our website, phone blast, social media, etc. Thank you for your patience as we as a District and State try to figure things out.

    On a lighter note, join in the fun as we have our first Virtual Learning Spirit Week!

    As of today, our schools will be closed indefinitely and re-open as per the guidance of Governor Murphy. It is anticipated Governor Murphy will next revisit the status of all New Jersey schools on Friday, April 17. In the meantime, continue to take care of yourselves, your families, practice good health habits and social distancing.

    Please read the updates below as some items have been modified.

    • Education
      • Students in Preschool - Grade 8 have assignments to complete via educational packets and/or virtual learning. On Monday, March 30, students in Grades 3-8 should check Google Classroom on a daily basis for assignments. Click HERE for Red Bank Middle School Virtual Learning Plans.
      • Any packets not picked up have been mailed or delivered. At this time we do not plan on having another Chromebook distribution. If you need to connect to WiFi, click HERE.
      • Visit our Virtual Learning website for additional educational experiences for students in Preschool - Grade 8.
      • All State Assessments have been cancelled for this school year.
      • All staff are available Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 PM at a minimum. Feel free to reach out to them via email, ClassDojo, Remind or Google Classroom should you have any questions.
    • Food Services
      • IMPORTANT CHANGE: Our “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch distribution will be held on Mondays and Thursdays moving forward. For English, click HERE. For Spanish, click HERE. We will be open for food services during Spring Break.
    • Counseling & Health Services
      • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
    • General Information
      • Contact Information - Important Numbers and Email Addresses
      • If you have any questions, call 732-758-1500 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), MARCH 22, 2020

  • Dear Red Bank Borough Families,

    I hope this message finds you and your family safe, healthy and happy. It is certainly a challenging time for our school community and beyond. Again, we appreciate you sharing these messages with other families that may not see our various communication methods.

    Below are important updates. As always, do not hesitate to reach out for assistance of any kind. We wish all of you the best during these difficult and uncertain times. Remember to practice good health habits and social distancing as recommended.

    • Education
      • As of this update, Preschool - Grade 2 students have enough work via paper packets to last until Thursday, April 9, 2020. Students in Grades K-2 that did not receive a packet can come to the Red Bank Primary School on Monday, March 23 or Tuesday, March 24 from 9:00-11:00 AM to pick up materials.
      • As of this update, Grades 3-8 students have assignments via virtual learning (Chromebooks and Personal Devices). We will be having a third Chromebook pickup date on Thursday, March 26 from 9:00-11:00 AM at Red Bank Middle School. Here is info in English and Spanish. This will be our last pickup session - first come, first served. Again, we are providing one device per family and a parent/guardian must be present. If you have a device and need to connect to free WiFi, click HERE.
      • Our staff members are available Monday through Friday from 9:00-11:00 AM at a minimum. Feel free to reach out to them via email, Remind or Google Classroom should you have any questions.
    • Breakfast and Lunch Services
      • Our “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch distribution continues on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. For English, click HERE. For Spanish, click HERE.
    • Counseling & Health Services
      • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
    • General Information
      • Contact Information - Important Numbers and Email Addresses
      • If you have any questions, call 732-758-1500 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.

    As of this update, we will be closed until Thursday, April 9 which brings us to our scheduled Spring Break. Our intention is to reopen on Monday, April 20, 2020. We wish you all the best. Stay healthy and be well! 

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), MARCH 17, 2020

  • Dear Red Bank Borough Families,

    I hope this email finds you and your family safe and sound. Thank you for paying close attention to all the messages and correspondence we have shared over the past week. We appreciate you sharing these messages with other families that may not access our website, social media platforms and/or phone blasts.

    Below are some important updates. Please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance of any kind. We wish all of our students and families the best during this challenging time. Please practice good health habits and social distancing as recommended.

    • Education
      • Our Leadership Team and Staff are working on plans to extend learning beyond the initial ten days planned. Stay tuned for more information! Staff is available via email for questions from 9:00-11:00 AM Monday through Friday.
    • Chromebooks
      • We will be distributing Chromebooks for students who do not own a device in Grades 3-8 only (one per family). Click for more details in English or Spanish.
    • Breakfast and Lunch Services
      • We will be continuing our “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch distribution. Click for more details in English or Spanish.
    • Counseling & Health Services
      • In the event your child needs support in the area of counseling, mental health or health during this time, please contact Mrs. Hurd at 732-758-1520 or hurdj@rbb.k12.nj.us.
    • General Information
      • Contact Information - Important Numbers and Email Addresses
      • If you have any questions, please call 732-758-1500 on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday between the hours of 8:30 and 12:30 PM.

    As of right now, we will definitely be closed until Friday, March 27, 2020. With that being said, it is highly probable that we will extend that until after Spring Break and potentially reopen on Monday, April 20, 2020. Once this decision is final, we will let you know.

    We wish you all the best during these challenging times. Stay healthy and be well.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus), March 14 Update

  • Dear Families,

    As a precautionary measure, ALL schools will be closed beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. Below is our plan to address various areas. PLEASE share this information with family and friends that live in Red Bank. We want 100% of our families to be aware of this plan. We will continue to actively engage with local, county and state officials regarding developments and share new information as it becomes available.

    1. Education
      1. All students in Preschool - Grade 8 received hard copies of work in various academic areas on Thursday and/or Friday. These assignments are intended to sustain learning while schools are closed.
      2. The work provided includes both hard copy and digital options.
      3. Assignments should be completed and submitted upon our return to school (this does not apply to Preschool). We have several digital subscriptions to which students have access.
      4. Teachers will be available via email for questions from 9:00 to 11:00 AM Monday through Friday.
      5. A standard assignment for all students includes the following independent reading requirements which may include books, magazines, and newspapers, etc:
        1. Grades K-2: Minimum of 20 Minutes Daily
        2. Grades 3-5: Minimum of 30 Minutes Daily
        3. Grades 6-8: Minimum of 40 Minutes Daily
    2. Chromebooks
      1. For the week of March 16, Chromebooks will not be available. We are currently designing a plan to have Chromebooks available beginning the week of March 23 with the following parameters:
        1. Students in Grades 3 -8
        2. One Chromebook Per Family
        3. Must Have WiFi Access (Devices Do Not Have Cellular)
        4. Completion of Technology Usage Agreement
    3. Breakfast and Lunch Services
      1. “Grab and Go” Breakfast and Lunch Distribution (10 Meals Per Week)
      2. Available for ALL Red Bank Residents 18 or Younger - Children MUST Be Present In Order To Be Fed
      3. Both the Red Bank Primary School & Red Bank Middle School are available as pickup locations for ALL children 18 years or younger, no matter what school(s) they attend.
      4. Schedule: 9:00-11:00 AM
        1. Monday (Breakfast & Lunch)
        2. Tuesday (Breakfast & Lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday)
        3. Thursday (Breakfast & Lunch for Thursday and Friday)
    4. Counseling & Health Services
      1. Tentatively, YMCA counseling services will continue at Red Bank Primary School and Red Bank Middle School beginning on Monday, March 23. If your family receives these services, you will be contacted regarding the schedule.
    5. General Information
      1. Contact Information - Important Numbers and Email Addresses
      2. Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20:
        1. Visitors are not permitted inside any school location or office.
        2. If you have any questions, please call 732-758-1500 on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday between the hours of 9:00 and 12:00 PM.
      3. Public WiFi
        1. Several organizations may be able to offer public WiFi, however, we advise our students to use appropriate judgment and recognize the importance of social distancing during this public health pandemic.

    Thank you for your understanding, patience, and cooperation as we work through this together to assure the safety of all in our community.

    We wish all of our students and families the best during this challenging time. Please practice good health habits and social distancing as recommended.

    The Red Bank Borough Public Schools are still here to inspire BIG Dreams and Help You Get There! Do not hesitate to reach out for assistance of any kind.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)