BARNEGAT – The Barnegat School District is proceeding towards more in-person schooling by increasing it to five days per week.
Starting November 16, Phase 2 of reopening will begin where students will attend a half-day five days per week.
The district sent out a survey to the community to address their thoughts of the Phase 2 reopening plan. According to Superintendent Dr. Brian Latwis, 62.4 percent of households want five-day, in-person learning; 17.8 percent want a full virtual option; and 19.6 percent want to continue with the hybrid model.
“Unfortunately, at this time full-day instruction with approximately 80% of the student body in school is not possible due to safety concerns surrounding student lunch and recess at the elementary level,” Latwis said. “However, as a district we will continue to look for viable solutions to overcome these roadblocks and return to normal, full-day instruction. For now, lunch will be grab and go at the end of the day.”
The Barnegat Board of Education must approve the proposal before Phase 2 is confirmed. Phase 2 will consist of students having in-person learning for half the day and the other half will be a blend of virtual learning and independent work. For parents and students who do not want in-person learning, the fully remote option will still remain available.