February 19, 2021
Dear GTSD Families,
The Greenwich Township School District has been implementing our Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools since the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The goal of our plan has always been to offer students and employees with a safe and healthy environment and the learning conditions that would allow us to provide the best educational experience possible during this pandemic. We believe that the careful development and the consistent implementation of the precautions in place has supported our success to date as we have identified zero COVID-19 transmissions or outbreaks occurring within our school buildings despite concerning COVID-19 data rates outside of our schools. Thank you to all of our faculty, staff, students, and community members who have faithfully observed recommended health and safety guidelines. It is only through these efforts that we have been able to consistently maintain our learning plan without break.
We also recognize that we continue to face challenges and obstacles as we work to successfully complete this school year. Chief among our concerns are those individual students who are struggling with mental health issues. If you feel that your child is suffering undue stress, anxiety, or other adverse childhood experience, please reach out to your building guidance counselor or case manager for aid and support. They can provide a variety of resources, including access to private, free-of-charge counseling for your child through our partnership with Acenda.
For other students, this year has presented academic challenges. All parents can regularly monitor their child’s progress by utilizing provided OnCourse logins to view grades, calendars, and assignments. Additionally, parents can support student achievement by encouraging:
- Regular attendance on hybrid learning days
- Active engagement in virtual lessons
- Participation during scheduled office hours
- Full completion of academic assignments
Student attendance will be determined based on a review of these criteria in total. Students who do not meet a significant portion of these expectations will be marked absent. We encourage you to reach out to your child’s individual teachers regarding their academic progress.
The District currently offers academic remediation opportunities during the school day and this will continue throughout the remainder of the school year. In addition to this program, the District will be offering an after-school credit recovery program that will provide targeted assistance for those students identified as having failed a course in core content areas for Marking Periods 1 and 2. Credit Recovery teachers will be available in real-time to review material, answer questions, and provide virtual assistance, as necessary. Work assigned by Credit Recovery teachers will be monitored and graded so that credit can be awarded. Credit Recovery provides an opportunity for students to earn back credits for failed class(es) and ultimately, pass the course for the indicated marking period. Credit will only be awarded to students who attend the required Zoom meetings and complete the required coursework. Please reach out to your building guidance counselor for more information regarding this program.
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