Campus Plan During COVID-19
This page will serve as a resource with the most up-to-date information available to families and contain an archive of prior communication from the School. Rutgers Prep’s response to COVID-19 prioritizes the health and well-being of our campus community, including reducing the risk of exposure, as well as reinforcing compassionate and non-discriminatory practices and behavior.
The RPS Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year
The beginning of the School Year is always an exciting time for everyone in the Rutgers Preparatory School community, and this year, despite the conditions mandated by the COVID-19 virus, is no different. As you will see in these pages, we are taking extensive measures to prioritize the health and safety of our students and their families, our Faculty/Staff and their families, and our local community. By implementing state-of-the-art technology, modifying and expanding facilities and staffing, and incorporating the most current medical and scientific guidance, we will continue to provide an excellent academic and community experience for all our students within the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rutgers Prep will exhibit flexibility in order to adjust to any changes in pandemic conditions. Our approach is to seek how to “get it right, rather than to get it fast.”
Ultimately, we will offer on-campus instruction to all students in all grades whenever that is possible and prudent. And we will offer flexibility so that if a family elects to have instruction provided remotely, the Division Principal will partner with families to accomplish that delivery. We invite any family to please reach out to your Division Principal to make certain you discuss the specifics prior to the start of classes. In addition, the option to learn from home will be available to all students once the School Year is underway, if your family’s circumstances change for any reason.
Commitment to Our Community
Attending any school in-person comes with an undeniable risk of a COVID-19 infection. Schools are a place where hundreds of community members gather in close quarters, to benefit from each other’s knowledge, opinions, and support. Despite all of our planning, it is impossible for Rutgers Prep, or any school, to eliminate risk completely. Our ability to provide in-person instruction will depend in no small part on the collective commitment of all Rutgers Prep community members to comply with the protocols presented here while on campus, and with all New Jersey State mandates when off campus.
We will share a Health and Wellness Pledge and a COVID-19 Survey related to previous exposure, possible exposure, and travel to all student families, Faculty and Staff through ArgoNet in the coming weeks, and all families and employees will be expected to sign both documents prior to returning to campus.
While we are opening the 2020-2021 School Year with an opportunity for all students to voluntarily attend classes on campus, we recognize that some families may need to keep their student(s) at home due to health concerns. We are empathetic to these concerns, and also will encourage all students, Faculty and Staff to stay home in the event of any illness. Rutgers Prep has invested heavily over the summer to upgrade our classrooms with technologies (Swivl and OWL), which will allow Faculty to instruct students in their classrooms and in their homes simultaneously. We strongly believe that the learning experience at Rutgers Prep is much more than the academic knowledge students gain. Dual instruction will allow students to remain active members in their learning community, regardless of their location.
Click on panels to expand and read more detailed information about areas of operation for the 2020-2021 school year.
RPS Reopening Videos
Clear2 App User Guide
RPS Lower School Parent Facebook Group