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.

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

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!

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

     

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.

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus), March 14, 2020

  • 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.

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus), March 12, 2020

  • Dear Red Bank Borough Families,

    On March 11, we distributed a joint statement in conjunction with the Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, and Red Bank Charter School Districts. Our statement indicated that our school districts would remain open based on the recommendation of the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission (MCRHC). At that time, the MCRHC designated our schools as low-risk. Since that time, both the Little Silver School District and the Shrewsbury Borough School District have opted to close their schools although the timeframe for either has not been specified. This was not done as a result of a directive from any medical agency but with what the MCRHC describes as “an abundance of caution.”

    Due to this information, I spent part of my day visiting each of our locations and nearly all of our classrooms. Our student attendance was in alignment with historical data from March 2019 and the last several months with only a slight uptick. Staff attendance has also remained unchanged. Additionally, we have reviewed the number of students visiting our School Health Offices over the past five days. These records have indicated no significant increases in the number of students being seen or sent home for illness. Moreover, there is no evidence of any specific ailments or symptoms which would cause us alarm.

    The other part of my day was spent in discussions with local Superintendents, District Leadership, local leaders and the Health Officer of the MCHRC. The MCHRC’s stance has not changed from yesterday, and actually our designation was slightly changed for the better from “low” to “low to extremely low” risk at this time. Finally, our school district is truly a community school district. We provide multiple services which our families need or require on a daily basis. We cannot be compared to neighboring towns. With this in mind, and in conjunction with the recommendation of the MCHRC, we will remain open through tomorrow (Friday, March 13, 2020), however, we will operate on a Minimum School Day schedule. An early dismissal for all schools will allow the opportunity to ensure students receive their home learning assignments, have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch, and also permit earlier access for our increased custodial staff to start a weekend of cleaning.

    Dismissal Schedule:

    • Primary and All Preschool Locations: 1:15 PM
    • Middle School: 1:00 PM

    Moving forward, we anticipate an official directive from a state agency within the next 24-48 hours regarding public school attendance. We will continue to provide frequent updates through all of the methods we have available (see below).

    Much information is being circulated via the news, social media, various websites, etc. We realize this unique situation is a stressful time for all. Our number one priority, as always, is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Our plans will be revised as needed based on updates by the Governor's Office, Monmouth County Regional Health Commission and the New Jersey Department of Education. In our continued efforts to keep families and the community informed, I want to share with you some major points regarding our response to COVID-19.

    1. Prevention - The District has undertaken the following steps in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
      1. Cancelling of Events
        1. All Facility Use requests from outside groups have been cancelled until further notice. Events such as PTO Bingo, March Madness Dodgeball, etc. have been cancelled. Finally, all athletic practices/games have been postponed until further notice.
      2. Enhanced Cleanliness and Disinfection Protocols
        1. In response to guidance from the NJ Department of Health in February, our maintenance and custodial staff are fully informed regarding expectations regarding the use of cleaning agents and disinfectants. Since early February, we have increased use of disinfectant on all flat surfaces and touch points during nightly cleaning, increased periodic wiping of door handles and touch points during the day and use of electrostatic disinfectant sprayer on bookcases and manipulatives in classrooms.
        2. In addition to the district’s routine cleaning protocol, the custodial staff was directed to begin a frequent disinfecting treatment in high-traffic and high-touch areas (desks, doorknobs, stair railings, sinks, tables, keyboards, water fountains, lunch tables, dispensers, etc.). Cleaning protocols are based on recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control and the Department of Health.
        3. Additional custodial staff has been brought in after hours and on weekends for cleaning purposes. The cancelling of events, including morning and after school activities, has provided more time to focus on cleaning.
        4. Equipment such as that being used for athletics, gym, music (keyboards), etc. is being cleaned after each use and with increased vigilance.
        5. We communicated with all bus companies and have confirmed they have implemented stricter daily cleaning practices.
      3. Student Education
        1. We continue to reiterate to our students the importance of hand washing and other preventative measures.
        2. We are minimizing large group gatherings during the days such as assemblies, lunch table gatherings, etc. to the best of our ability.
      4. Student Attendance
        1. Students should never come to school sick or without being fever-free for at least 24 hours. Regardless of any school attendance letters, please do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms of illness or fever. IF YOU ELECT TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME DURING THIS TIME, WE WILL NOT PURSUE TRUANCY VIOLATIONS.
    2. Forced Closure Plan
      1. As a District, we have submitted a Forced Closure Plan as required by the New Jersey Department of Education. This is a living document and continues to be modified as we receive more information and guidance.
      2. A notice was sent home today to all families from Preschool - Grade 8 from Mr. Laugelli regarding academic instruction information. Our teachers have sent home work that can be completed independently should a closure occur.
      3. In the event of a forced closure, breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup from the Red Bank Primary School and Red Bank Middle School. Details would be sent via phone blast.
      4. Students who receive Related Services would be eligible for compensatory services as needed and based on their IEP when schools reopen. These include counseling, speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
    3. Communication
      1. Communication during this time is CRITICAL. We will continue to utilize the following methods: website (www.rbb.k12.nj.us) alerts/notices, phone blasts, Remind messages, Twitter (@rbpsEAGLES, @rbmsROCKETS & @RedBankPreK), Facebook (@RedBankBoroughPublicSchools), Instagram (@RedBankSup & @DreamBigRB), our electronic marquee and traditional paper notices.
      2. If you are not receiving phone blasts, please contact your child’s school immediately.
    4. Resources: Families should continue to consult these resources for information and advice.
      1. New Jersey Department of Health
      2. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
      3. NJDOH COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
      4. How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
      5. Scholastic Learn at Home

    The decision to close schools is not always a simple one. Remaining open is not a decision we made without consideration and input from multiple parties including local, county and State officials. While we understand families may feel differently, we believe maintaining our normal schedule of school services for tomorrow is the best plan for our community at this time.

    We wish you all the best during these challenging times. Please feel free to contact me directly should you have any questions or special circumstances.

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus), March 11, 2020

  • Dear Red Bank Families,

    This afternoon there was a joint meeting including the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission (MCRHC), personnel from Riverview Medical Center, school personnel from Red Bank Regional, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Red Bank Borough, and Red Bank Charter as well as town officials, police, and a legislative representative. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the newly discovered “presumptive positive” case of COVID-19 at RBR and the proactive plans for our communities moving forward.

    After consultation with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, RBR has closed. However, “there is no recommendation to close any of the PK-8 sending school districts at this time.” 

    The Monmouth County Regional Health Commission will lead a proactive effort to identify “close contacts”of the “presumed positive” RBR student. We are working in conjunction with the local school districts, the MCRHC, and local hospitals who are working directly with local physicians. We expect to have mitigation discussions on a daily basis.

    Limiting the impact of COVID-19 will require a shared response from everyone. Families should continue to consult these resources for information and advice.

    As this issue is both uncharted and developing, we will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus), March 9, 2020

  • Dear Red Bank Families,

    On Thursday, March 5th, I distributed a letter regarding COVID-19 emphasizing the importance of precautionary measures. At this time, prevention continues to remain our primary focus. We continue to evaluate the situation and ensure the safety of our students and staff. Looking ahead, schools may be required to close either preemptively or reactively.

    Each District has a wide range of tentative plans regarding what to do in the event of a prolonged school closure. These plans range from paper/pencil activities to online learning opportunities. The notion of “simply teaching remotely” is easier said than done. While we are planning for a possible closure, we will continue to follow our regular daily schedule unless directed otherwise. As you can expect with a situation of this kind, there is a tremendous amount of logistics. We are in constant communication with multiple agencies, including our colleagues in nearby districts. We are expecting additional guidance from the NJDOE as this issue develops.

    You may be aware of the current situation at Red Bank Regional. We are obviously concerned about COVID-19. However, that concern should not result in panic and unnecessary speculation. This afternoon, I participated in a teleconference with multiple school officials, as well as an in-person meeting with the Peninsula Superintendents. Our focus should remain on prevention. We will continue to follow guidance from the Governor’s Office, Monmouth County and NJ Departments of Health & Human Services and the NJDOE.

    The Department of Health is strongly recommending that symptomatic individuals should immediately contact their primary health care physician regarding testing measures. Please utilize the CDC website to obtain up-to-date information. I will continue to keep you posted as new information is received. In the meantime, please contact me directly if you have any questions.

     

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus), March 5, 2020

  • Dear Red Bank Families,

    The Red Bank Borough Public School District is closely monitoring information related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) to ensure we are fully informed. Recent media reports about the spread of COVID-19 have raised concerns about the potential impact of the virus and how schools and communities should respond. We are communicating and collaborating with local, county, and state agencies to keep abreast of any necessary actions to keep our students and staff safe. According to the NJ Department of Health, most people have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus and this virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk for a New Jersey citizen contracting COVID-19 at this time is low. On a recent statewide conference call, Governor Murphy and the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health reiterated the same.

    Recommendations at this time are the basic precautions we take annually during cold and flu season such as:

    • Do not come to school if you are sick; a child who has a fever should remain at home until they are “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours. (SEE ATTENDANCE BELOW)
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
    • If unable to wash hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Keep your hands away from your mouth, eyes, and nose.
    • Avoid any unnecessary physical contact with others (i.e. handshaking).
    • Do not share food or drinks.

    Additionally, in response to guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health in early February, our maintenance and custodial staff are fully informed regarding expectations regarding the use of cleaning agents and disinfectants. Since early February, we have implemented the following:

    1. Increased use of disinfectant on all flat surfaces and touch points during nightly cleaning.
    2. Increased periodic wiping of door handles and touch points during the day.
    3. Use of electrostatic disinfectant sprayer on bookcases and manipulatives in classrooms.

    Please utilize these resources for more information about COVID-19:

    ATTENDANCE:
    Attendance Matters! We have invoked this mantra for the last two years and believe if our students miss school then they are missing out. However, please note that students should never come to school sick or without being fever-free for at least 24 hours. Regardless of any school attendance letters, please do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms of a respiratory illness or fever.
    We will continue to monitor this potential public health crisis and will update parents and guardians when we have additional information. We will continue to work closely with our state, county, and local partners to ensure the safety of our students and staff, and to minimize any impact that this may have on our students and schools.
    Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.


    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

Superintendent's Message, January 2020

  • Happy New Year!

    We hope you enjoyed a restful and peaceful holiday season filled with laughter and joy. The first four months of the 2019-20 school year flew by! We enjoyed a productive start and a flurry of school, family, and community activities. We are certain the next 6 months of school will shine even brighter for our students, community, and the Red Bank Borough Public Schools.

    Congratulations to our 2019 Educators of the Year, Carol Boehm and Kristen Maiello, and Cathy Reardon, our 2019 Educational Services Professional. The Red Bank Borough Public Schools have an exceptional faculty and support staff, making it a true honor to be singled out by colleagues and families for this recognition.

    As always, our school district is fortunate to have strong partnerships and community support. The Red Bank Borough Education Foundation is a key component to our success. Thank you for your continued support of the RBBEF and their annual fundraising efforts to provide STEAM related activities and experiences for our students. The fall Casino Night was another great success, raising over $15,000 which will directly impact our instructional and extra-curricular programming.

    Looking ahead in January, we are excited to continue our winter basketball season and to host the Middle School Spelling Bee and Primary School Winter Concert. Additionally, we will also open Preschool registration for 2020-21 with a variety of information sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about our high-quality Preschool program, as well as learn about the K-8 journey our students enjoy. Later this winter, we will host educators from all over the state to share the best practices that garnered our school community the 2019 NJDOE Lighthouse recognition.

    Wishing you a year of positivity, happiness and good health. And may all of our BIG Dreams come true!


    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

Superintendent's Message: Referendum

  • Dear Red Bank Families,

    On Tuesday, November 5th you will have the opportunity to vote on a bond referendum put forth by the Red Borough of Education. The bond referendum is a tax-neutral proposal to improve infrastructure, specifically the roof and several HVAC units at Red Bank Primary School, and a complete window replacement at Red Bank Middle School. The items were identified as emergent or Priority 1 items based on a comprehensive facilities assessment completed in conjunction with our architectural firm. In order to properly serve the district's students - OUR Priority 1 - we must address the Priority 1 facility needs, to ensure the safety, security, and structure of our schools, staff, and students. Please review this brief video to learn more about the referendum and please get out to vote on Tuesday, November 5th!


    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

Superintendent's Message: ATTENDANCE MATTERS

  • As you are aware, we are constantly striving to be the best school district in America so that we can rest assured, we are the best school district for the children and families of Red Bank. Of course, in order for our community to benefit from the extraordinary learning environment we provide, students must attend school on a regular basis.

    Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

    We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. In the event your child must miss school, it is necessary for you to call 732.758.1500 and report the absence. We also know that when students miss too much school, regardless of the reason, it can hinder academic growth. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

    • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
    • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
    • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

    Clearly, going to school regularly matters!

    Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two (2) days every month! We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Click here for practical tips to help support regular attendance:

    We work hard to create a challenging and supportive learning experience for our children every day – if they miss school, they miss out! Help us instill the Best In America mindset throughout our school community and help us inspire your child to achieve BIG Dreams!


    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

     

Superintendent's Message, September 2019

  • We are off to a fast start to the 2019-20 school year. We hope each of our students is enjoying a smooth transition as they return from summer break. So far, our daily operations have run efficiently with some minor issues involving transportation. As you are well aware, each year it takes about two weeks to refine the transportation schedule and work out any unanticipated challenges. We appreciate your patience during this time and expect to have any problems ironed out by September 20th.

    We are excited for what is new this year including:

    • Primary School Emergency Access Path
    • Primary School Security Vestibule
    • Middle School Schedule
    • Additional Staff at Preschool and Middle School: ESL, ELA, Mathematics
    • Washer and Dryer installation at both school locations

    This year, we will again do our best to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in preschool and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

    We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

    • Children chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
    • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
    • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

    Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!

    We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

    • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
    • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
    • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
    • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
    • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
    • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

    Please note if your child will miss school due to illness or another reason, please be sure to call 732.758.1500 to notify the attendance office. For preschool sites outside of the Primary School, you may call your site directly.

    Information regarding our attendance policies will be available on our website and feel free to speak to the office staff if you have any specific questions. We work hard to create a challenging and supportive learning experience for our children every day – if they miss school, they miss out! Help us continue our #RBBisBIA journey and utilize our recently developed Strategic Plan, Dreaming BIGGER, to inspire and support our students and families. Also, please visit rbbef.org to support the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation and Save the Date for Casino Night 2019 – Friday, November 1st! And of course, do not forget to vote on November 5, 2019 on our proposed referendum to complete emergent major repairs to Red Bank Primary and Red Bank Middle Schools.


    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

Superintendent's Message, August 2019

  • Dear Red Bank Families:

    Here we are approaching the start of another school year! Our doors will open to our community on Thursday, September 5th for more than 1,400 Red Bank children and like every other August, I am happy to say that our empty buildings will once again become schools.

    This summer was especially exciting for a variety of reasons. We have made important upgrades to both the Primary and Middle School to enhance safety, security, and the instructional spaces. Two of our staff members, Alyssa May, Kindergarten Teacher, and Lucia Lakata, ESL Coach, earned Doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. We hired many talented new staff members to strengthen an already extraordinary staff. We are preparing for a November 5th referendum vote to replace the outdated roof and HVAC units at Red Bank Primary School and the outdated windows at Red Bank Middle School. And of course, in July, our district was recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education as a 2019 Lighthouse District for our instructional practices and the significant academic growth demonstrated by our students.

    We are ready to continue our #RBBisBIA journey and utilize our recently developed Strategic Plan, Dreaming BIGGER, to inspire and support our students and families. Our Best In America mindset will continue to define our culture and set the standard for all learners – adults and children alike, and our District vision will continue to set the tone as our core values guide the way.

    VISION VALUES

    We believe our children should Dream BIG.
    We will inspire.
    We will challenge.
    They will achieve.

    Our students will be safe.
    Our students will learn.
    Our students will be inspired.

    Student attendance continues to be a special focus. Our goal for 19-20 is for every child to be in school at least 171 of the 180 days of school – anything more is considered chronic absenteeism and negatively impacts a child’s academic growth. We will do our best to create an engaging learning environment so our students run in just as fast as they run out! Information regarding student attendance will be shared in a variety of forms throughout the school year. If your child must miss school due to illness or other reason, please contact 732.758.1500 to leave a message for the Primary or Middle School, and for Preschool please contact your specific site directly. If your child misses school then your child misses out! #AttendanceMatters.

    I look forward to seeing you at the RBBEA Outdoor Family Movie Night at Red Bank Middle School on Tuesday, September 3rd. We will be giving away backpacks and installing free bike lights! Also, please visit rbbef.org to support the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation and Save the Date for Casino Night 2019 – Friday, November 1st!

    EVENT DATE LOCATION TIME
    Outdoor Family Movie Night Tuesday, September 3 Middle School 6:30 p.m. Food
    7:30 p.m. Movie
    Preschool Meet & Greet Wednesday, September 4 All Preschool Sites 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
    Kindergarten Open House Wednesday, September 4 Primary School 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
    Back-to-School Night - K & 1 Wednesday, September 18 Primary School 6:00 p.m.
    Back-to-School Night - 2 & 3 Thursday, September 19 Primary School 6:00 p.m.
    Back-to-School Night - Grades 4-8 Wednesday, September 25 Middle School 5:30 p.m.

    Enjoy the holiday weekend.


    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

Superintendent's Message 6/26/2019

  • Dear Red Bank Families,

    I hope this communication finds you enjoying a great start to the summer of 2019! After another outstanding school year we are all ready to recharge for 2019-20 and the exciting journey ahead. The 2018-19 school year culminated a 5-year period of unparalleled success for our school community. During this time we encouraged our community to Dream BIG and model the #RBBisBIA mindset. We also enjoyed a variety of recognition for our students, staff, schools, district, and programs. It was one award or distinction after another. Additionally, we advocated for fair funding, enhanced our instructional programs, elevated our intramural and interscholastic athletics, engaged in multiple arts integration partnerships, earned high performing status from the NJDOE, and demonstrated significant student growth. Most importantly, as a community we have created a unique togetherness resulting in a strong culture and a positive climate. Our school district utilizes strong curricula and provides access to technology for all students but it is the students, staff, and families of this community who define us as a school district. It is how this school district makes you feel that separates us from others.

    This summer we will be providing presentations at the Board of Education meetings scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23rd at Red Bank Primary School and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 27th at Red Bank Primary School. At the former, we will present an overview of the Middle School instructional schedule designed to meet new NJDOE requirements. At the latter, we will share information regarding our Middle School Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. The presentation will include a look back at 18-19 and a preview of what lies ahead in 19-20.

    As we look forward to next year, we have scheduled four different times at two convenient locations for your September Packet Pickup (see below). We will share reminders of this information with the community via postcard mailing, automated phone calls, and social media, but please add this information to your calendar now. If you have any questions over the summer, our school offices will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during July and August.

    Date

    Location

    Time

    Who

    Monday, August 19

    Primary School

    9:00-11:00 am and 5:00 -7:00 pm

    Pre-K to 8  (Including Pre-K Off-Sites)

    Tuesday, August 20

    Middle School

    9:00-11:00 am and 5:00 -7:00 pm

    Pre-K to 8  (Including Pre-K Off-Sites)

    Preschool Orientation will be offered on both September Packet Pickup Days. You must attend one of the orientation sessions to receive your packet.

    • Monday, August 19th, 5:00 p.m., Red Bank Primary School
    • Tuesday, August 20th, 9:00 a.m., Red Bank Middle School

    Grade 4 Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 20th at 4:00 p.m. in the Red Bank Middle School auditorium. Student packets will be available immediately after the presentation.

    Once again, I cannot express enough how proud I am to serve this community and how grateful I am to work with such outstanding professional educators and the remarkable children of Red Bank. Today, we are ready for the future and we will be Dreaming BIGGER for our children in 2019-20 and beyond!

    Have a happy and healthy summer. See you on Thursday, September 5th for the first day of our new year!


    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

     

     

Superintendent's Video Message - 05/14/2019

Superintendent's Message - 05/1/2019

  • Dear Red Bank Families,

    During the past five years, our leadership team, our Board of Education, our faculty and staff, and our students and families, collaborated to accomplish countless achievements which exemplify the BIA mentality and write the remarkable story of the Red Bank Borough Public Schools. We should all be tremendously proud of what we have accomplished together.

    Recently, I was provided the opportunity to reflect on the past few years in order to help create a road map to define our future. In doing so, I was able to appreciate who we are and also visualize what we will become. As a result of this reflection, I am excited to announce the 19-20 school year will bring some changes to our leadership team. At the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 30 the following items were approved, effective July 1, 2019.

    1. That the Board approves the appointment of Luigi Laugelli as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
    2. That the Board approves the voluntary transfer of Stacy Sherwood to Middle School Literacy Interventionist.
    3. That the Board approves the transfer of Maria Iozzi to Primary School Principal.
    4. That the Board approves the transfer of James T. Pierson to Middle School Principal.

    In addition to these changes, I am also excited to welcome a new member to our Board of Education. After many years of service, Ms. Marjorie Lowe has resigned from the position as a member of our Board. We are grateful for Ms. Lowe’s dedicated service to our school community. Last evening, the Board interviewed and appointed Ms. Jennifer Garcia to replace Ms. Lowe. Ms. Garcia has three daughters in our schools and is a constant voice of support for our school district throughout the community. I look forward to working with Ms. Garcia and the entire Board of Education to inspire our students to Dream BIGGER and help them get there!

    Looking forward to closing out another extraordinary school year and the great things to come in 2019-20!


    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.

Superintendent's Message - 04/10/2019

  • Red Bank Borough Public Schools Logo Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff:

    As we plan end-of-year activities, our staff and students will have the opportunity to enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend as an extended holiday.  Due to the fact that we did not use the three snow days reserved for inclement weather, our District will be closed for all staff and students on Friday, May 24, 2019.

    The two remaining unused snow days will be applied to Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21, 2019 (this only applies to 10-month employee’s calendar) with Wednesday, June 19 being the last day of school for instructional staff and students.  Minimum school days will be Friday, June 14 through Wednesday, June 19.  The minimum school day schedule is as follows:

    • Middle School, 1:00 p.m. Release Time
    • Primary School, 1:10 p.m. Release Time
    • Off-Site Preschools, 1:15 p.m. Release Time

    Listed below are dates for promotion and moving up ceremonies.

    • First Baptist Church PreK on June 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    • United Methodist Church PreK on June 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
    • Primary School Kindergarten on June 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    • CYMCA PreK on June 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
    • Primary School Grade 3 on June 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Primary School PreK on June 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Middle School on June 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
    • Acelero Head Start on June 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Monmouth Day Care Center PreK on June 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

    Additionally, our Family Fun Night 2019 will take place on Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m. at the Primary School with Friday, June 14 as the rain date.


    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jared J. Rumage Signature

    Jared J. Rumage, Ed.D.