Dear Princeton Unified Middle School Families:
I hope everyone had a terrific spring break and was able to enjoy some beautiful spring weather. We are nearing the end of the 3rd quarter and we would like to share some exciting news as we prepare to return to school on Monday, April 19.
As an essential component of our "Phasing Up" approach to expanding the school day, this is a friendly follow up reminder that we will be combining the A and B cohorts effective Monday, April 19.
All students in the A and B cohort in each grade are welcome to attend this week for in-person hybrid instruction beginning Monday, April 19th through the remainder of the school year.
Plans in anticipation of combining cohorts were first announced at our March 18th 7 PM PUMS webinar session. If you missed the webinar here is a recording of that event from 3/18. (*Please note that the cohort numbers shared at the 3/18 meeting do not reflect our current numbers).
We successfully piloted the combining of cohorts in the 6th grade during the week prior to spring break.
We are now prepared to "phase up" once more. Effective at the time of this message, it is expected that we will welcome 610 students back to school on Monday, April 19 (approximately 75% of our total enrollment).
In examining recent communication from the CDC and the New Jersey Board of Health, we are working within the evolving guidelines to welcome more students back to school. Currently, we are striving to maintain 6ft. of distance in all of our 6th grade classrooms.
Our most recent guidelines from our municipal health officials indicate that, with appropriate mitigations (masks, kids facing in the same direction, use of plexiglass barriers), it’s permissible to go as low asthreefeet between students. While this gives greater latitude, we are maintaining our preference to maintain maximum distance wherever possible; we are currently committed to not going as low as three feet anywhere, though a few spaces could be as low as four feet or a little below. We will also maintain six feet between the teacher station and the students in the classroom.
Current (updated) medical opinion is that COVID-19 is transmitted through respiration, not by touching surfaces. Therefore, we continue to maintain strict adherence to the mask policy. Masks are to be worn at all times and may be removed only during our daily outdoor mask break.
We also continue to take further precautions, limiting numbers of students in bathrooms to one at a time, and in surface cleaning throughout the day. We are still wiping desks and tables both during entering and exiting class.This is a reminder that filling out the daily health screening is essential.If you are feeling unwell, it is important to report these symptoms and err on the side of caution and remain at home.
As the weather gets warmer, we will continue to plan for additional use of outdoor space and additional mask breaks.
It should be noted that some of our students may be attending school for the first time on April 19. I would like to welcome you and thank you for your perseverance this year. It will be a joy to see so many classmates together.
Middle School sports have begun this week and information about clubs has been shared by counselors with our students.
I want to thank the staff at PUMS for their tireless efforts this year to create, adapt, and build instruction while also making meaningful connections with students.