Remote Learning: Fall 2020

As an organization, our students and their families are our first priority. When the pandemic forced school closures in March, our commitment to providing our students with a high quality and safe education remained steadfast. By the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, 80% of our outgoing senior class was accepted to college, and 85% of our student body participated in all of their remote classes. These data points are proof that even a global pandemic cannot undermine our efforts to achieve the mission– graduating students from the college of their choice as informed, involved, and resilient citizens.

So, when the governor initially announced that schools would be required to have some in-person learning, we created a plan that balanced the health and safety of all members of our school community with equitable implementation of a rigorous educational experience. Despite our reluctance to take on the unavoidable risks associated with mandated in-person instruction, our plan was to do our very best given less than ideal circumstances.

However, with the governor’s most recent announcement that all schools have the option to start the year remotely, we are moving forward with a robust remote-learning plan so as to honor our commitment to our students and their families. Staring with New Student Orientation on Monday, August 24th, People’s Prep will only offer remote instruction. Our intention is to reopen the building for hybrid learning on Monday, November 9th, though this is subject to changes in viral transmission rates and state mandates.

And while the 2020-2021 school year will most certainly not have the look or feel of a typical school year, the core of who we are will not be sacrificed. We are confident in our ability to provide a rigorous remote education for all of our students while safeguarding our most vulnerable students and their families from undue risk. We continue to focus on results, and we find another way to do so. 

Please support us in our efforts, by doing the following:

    • Read through the entire plan.
    • Continue to check the weekly newsletter.
    • Visit the school website frequently during the coming weeks.

Stages of Reopening

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the school open for in-person classes?

We plan to open the building for hybrid learning on Monday, November 9th. This plan is subject to change if there are fluctuations in viral transmission rates and/or adjustments are made to state mandates.

What is the remote attendance policy for this year?

Students will need to be present in 3 of their 5 classes (virtual council included) on a given day to be marked present. Students who are more than 15 minutes late to their synchronous remote class, will be marked absent for that class, and it will not count towards the three classes required in order to be marked present to school that day. Students will be marked late to school if they do not join their virtual Breakfast Council on time.

Will PPCS sports programs run this year? 

We will be suspending all in-person athletics and extracurricular activities until further notice. We will continuously monitor community transmission data and other medical and scientific research as well as state and local guidance in determining our further course of action if and when we return to the building this year. Aspects of our athletics program and extracurricular activities that can happen virtually, will continue.

Is new student orientation happening in-person or remotely?

New student orientation will also take place remotely.

I haven't received my Pandemic EBT card because of an address change. What should I do?

If a family has not received their card yet (which all PP families should receive one), call the “local board of social services” to request a replacement card. The Essex County telephone number is 973-733-3000.

It appears that a number of cards were issued with the wrong activation number. Families impacted by this will receive new cards. They may also call 800-997-3333 to activate their current card and not wait to receive a replacement.

Pin numbers are the eldest eligible child’s date of birth. If prompted to enter in the last four of a social security number they should enter in 0000.