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Opening Day Parent Letter

Barkalow Middle School

Freehold Township School District

September 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

As we continue to prepare for an opening of a school year that no one has ever experienced, I want to shed some light on what the first day will look like for those students in school and for those virtually.

For those students coming into school, once they arrive and as they exit their bus, their hands will be sanitized. Students will enter assigned doors based on their grades. Staff will be present outside to assist and direct students.

6th Grade- Main Entrance Doors

7th Grade- New Gym Doors

8th Grade- Cafeteria Doors

Those students that are being dropped off or are walking, will sanitize their hands prior to entering through the assigned doors.

The building doors will open at 7:20 a.m. for students each day. There will be no cars permitted in the front lot while the buses and students are present. There will be staff outside to direct you.

Once the students enter the building, they will proceed directly to their homerooms. Student locker assignments are not accurate and new assignments will be sent out at the time lockers become available and utilized.

Attendance will be taken for all students, those participating virtually as well as those in school students. It will be taken each day in every class by the classroom teacher.

To start the day on September 8th (the first day of virtual learning), Zoom meetings will be hosted by Ms. Harms and me. The Zoom links will be shared to all students and teachers through Schoology before Tuesday. Below are the times for the Zoom Welcome Back Meetings:

7:45 am- 6th Grade

8:10 am- 7th Grade

8:40 am- 8th Grade

A Schoology introduction video link will be attached to this letter and will be posted on our

school website. Attached for your convenience is our Cohort Calendar which includes the Day

1/Day 2 schedule. This calendar can also be found on the district webpage. A blank Student

Schedule is also attached for students to complete with teacher assistance during Period 1 on

th September 8 .

All 7th and 8th grade students are to log on to Schoology at 7:30 am on September 8th and be ready for their Block 1 class. Their grade level Zoom meetings will start according to the schedule above. The links will be shared via Schoology to the students.

For those 7th and 8th grade students that need their Schoology information reset, please email Mr. Finucane at

As we get closer to having students in the building, more information will be communicated regarding the operation and expectations within the building.


Thomas A. Smith, Principal