Phase 2 Schedule

This page contains details regarding the PHASE 2 schedule, which will take effect on November 9, 2020. To review the PHASE 1 schedule (the schedule that was used to restart school in September 2020), click here.

PHASE 2: Video Walkthrough

For a succinct overview of our PHASE 2 schedule, watch the video on the left!

If you'd prefer to take your time reading through the details of our reopening schedule, scroll down for more.

Restarting School: Continuity of Learning

In developing plans for phase 2 of in-person instruction in the marking period 2, our top priority continues to be ensuring the safety of students, staff, and the larger school community. This presents a series of complex logistical challenges in that general health and safety concerns (specifically, with regard to the risk of COVID-19 spread) increase every time that:

  • Students change classes (“passing time” in the halls)

  • Students cannot maintain social distancing (6’ distance in classrooms)

  • Students sit at a desk or use equipment that was just used by other students

  • Students cannot wear masks (while they eat lunch)

  • Students intermingle with other cohorts

In light of these concerns, a hybrid model for in-person instruction was developed that prioritizes the safety of students, staff, and the larger school community while simultaneously providing students with daily structure and an in-person learning experience.

Hybrid Model


In our hybrid model, students are divided into cohorts in order to enable social distancing in even the largest traditional classes. (For example, if three cohorts are created, a class that would traditionally be composed of 27 students would instead meet in-person across three sections, in a new class size of approximately 9 students.)

In August 2020, over one third of the student population in each building has opted into fully remote learning. As a result, the NVRHS hybrid model was divided into TWO in-person cohorts, and ONE remote-only cohort.

In October 2020, parents will have the opportunity to revisit this choice for the second marking period.


In order to continue minimizing the number of times students change classes, and in order to prevent the intermingling of different cohorts in the school on any given day, cohorts will rotate days for in-person instruction and school days will be limited to four periods per day. Interactive video conferencing software (Zoom) will be used to broadcast and engage students in other cohorts from home in real-time.

The table below demonstrates what a full cycle looks like:

Another way to consider the days of the cycle is by the cohort and periods that are meeting in person on that day. Using that convention, a full cycle is X,AM / X,PM / Y,AM / Y,PM

You can also view a sample of this cycle on the 2020-21 calendar for November, December, and January below. *Note that these sample calendars are subject to change, and may not represent the most up-to-date daily rotations:

Instructional Time

Traditionally, students participate in six 56-minute classes during the school day, for a total of 336 instructional minutes (approximately 5.5 hours). The NJDOE requires a minimum of four hours of standards-based instruction on any given day in order for the school day to count.

In the PHASE 2 schedule, every school day provides students with:

  • 224 minutes of live instruction (in-school or joined via Zoom) every day

    • Four 56 minute class periods every day

  • 112 minutes of asynchronous instruction every day

    • 28 minutes of asynchronous instruction assigned for each class that meets that day (28 minutes x 4 classes, each day)

The total instructional minutes is exactly equivalent to what students would be receiving in the traditional NVRHS in-person bell schedule.