Covid-19 Update 03/27/20

  • Dear RFH Community:
     
    As you may know, Governor Murphy's Executive Order requires RFH to remain closed for the next few weeks. We will be updated with information about returning to school by the NJ Department of Education no earlier than April 17, 2020. This extended closure will likely result in changes which you will learn more about in the coming weeks from our teachers, coaches and administrative team, as they work to adjust the RFH schedule of events.
     
    Our Digital Days plan will continue through the end of the third quarter. Thank you, to those of you who have asked questions and sent feedback. At RFH, we chose to implement asynchronous learning so that students and their families would have flexibility. While our students normally attend school from 7:40 to 2:40 each day, they are accustomed to doing a great deal of their work in the evenings. Additionally, since our students have different personal devices, we are providing the majority of our instruction through programs which match what we use in school each day. Finally, protecting student and staff privacy and security remains a top priority. For this reason, we have not authorized the use of free software, despite the unprecedented number of offers we have recently received. 
     
    In the coming weeks, we will be working with our teachers to provide them with the option to use district-owned video tools. Some of our staff members may invite your child to participate in a live video session. It is necessary for you to complete the Consent Form that was emailed to parents by March 31, 2020, in order for your child to participate. 
     
    Debra Gulick
    Superintendent 
    Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School
    732-842-1597 ext. 551

     

Covid-19 Update 3/25/2020

  • Dear RFH Community:

    About one month ago, we sent the RFH community an email about the COVID-19 outbreak. Our world has changed entirely since then. We have responded by sharing information with our students and families while school was in session, and more recently, in order to contribute to the prevention of the community spread of the coronavirus, have closed our school building, first to students and teachers, and more recently to the administrators, secretaries and custodians who keep our school running. 

    As of today, RFH has not been notified by the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission of a positive case of the coronavirus in any of our students or staff. We have, however, had students and staff members notify us that they are quarantining due to a positive case of a near relative or acquaintance. Given the most recent information about the number of cases in Monmouth County, and in order to plan for instruction, RFH will remain closed until Spring Break. RFH will resume classes on Monday, April 20, 2020, pending approval from state and local officials.  I am hopeful that we will be able to have the building open for our teachers, coaches and athletes during Spring Break. Our Board of Education approved a modification to our school calendar which will allow for an afternoon professional development session for teachers on Thursday, April 9 and a closure for all staff and students on Friday, April 10. 

    In this challenging situation, we have learned a great deal about the resilience of our students and teachers. Our teachers have pushed themselves to learn something new so that they find ways to interact with nearly 100 students each day. Fortunately, RFH had a Digital Days plan in place. Although we did not expect to need to put our skills to the test for an  emergency, the relationships that our teachers have built with each other are contributing to the success of our Digital Days plan. This is not the time to compare teachers and technology, but rather the time to appreciate the dedication exhibited by our students, teachers, supervisors and parents as we temporarily try to replace the important connections that we make at our school each day with a screen-based substitute. 

    We will continue to update our website with information about our plan, and send emails to parents at a minimum of once a week, and more frequently as needed. All of those emails can be found at our website. If  you have any questions, please reach out. All staff members are monitoring our emails and phone calls, and we can point you in the right direction if you need resources for your family. We will continue to work closely with state and local government and health officials as we craft our plan to reopen RFH. We cannot wait to have you back in our halls, on the fields and in our classrooms.  

    Debra Gulick
    Superintendent
    dgulick@rumsonfairhaven.org
    732-842-1597 ext. 551

Covid-19 Update 3/20/2020

  • Dear RFH Community:

    Thank you for supporting your child(ren) during the first week of online instruction. The students and teachers have worked well together as we have navigated through the details in order to make this a positive learning experience for our school community.  In response to the requests of our students and teachers, you may see adjustments to your child’s Digital Day as we enter our second week. Primarily, we’ve opened up Google Hangouts, Google Meet and Screencastify, so you may hear our teachers’ voices in your homes.  If your child(ren) needs to borrow a Chromebook in order to have access to a device with a microphone and or webcam, send an email to rfhbulldogs@rumsonfairhaven.org. We will have one available for you to pick up from the school between 9:00 and 12:00 on Monday, March 23 or Tuesday, March 24. 

    Our counseling staff is continuing to hold appointments throughout our school closure.  If your child receives a request for an appointment, please be sure that s/he participates. Additionally, if your child needs to speak to his or her counselor, encourage him or her to send the counselor an email requesting an appointment.  Our counseling staff and child study team are working daily during school hours. If your child is ill and unable to participate in online learning, s/he should email all of her/his teachers.

    Please encourage your child(ren) to set up a schedule for completing assignments and for taking breaks. Students are discouraged from being in large groups, but they are encouraged to use our digital platforms to communicate with each other.  This is a difficult time for everyone, but especially for young adults who thrive on peer relationships. You may also be feeling the stress of the unknown. The American Psychological Association posted these strategies which you may find helpful:  Keeping your Distance to Stay Safe.

    Visit https://www.rumsonfairhaven.org/covid-19 for updates.  We are working to improve our access to the information available. Together with our state and local officials, we are monitoring the guidance shared with us and will update you next week regarding our plans to reopen. There is a link to Health Updates and to Digital Days, where you will find additional information that you need to support your children through this time.

    Debra Gulick
    Superintendent