Superintendent's Message

Community Update - March 5, 2021

 To Our Bethlehem Township Families:

Throughout the 2020-2021 school year our district has been working to enhance our instructional delivery both remotely and in our school buildings. Our Health Related School Preparedness Committee, which is composed of parents, board members, teachers, administration, nurses, school counselors, and staff has been meeting to guide our next steps in providing the highest quality education during this pandemic. The role of this committee is to continue to adapt our plan to best educate our students. We have been offering an in-person and remote option since August 27th and thanks to the diligence of our families, staff, and students, we have had minimal exposures and issues in our buildings during the past six months. Our next step is to improve on our current model to best meet the needs of our students.

As the 4th Marking Period approaches we have been planning and preparing to increase direct instructional time and get back to a regular schedule while ensuring all of our students and staff members are safe. Our schools will continue to follow all safety recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and our County Health Department and our case numbers continue to drop in Hunterdon County. We are now designated as a “Yellow” or Moderate Risk Level (click here for weekly report). This designation and our commitment to safety allows us to enhance the schedule for the rest of the school year.

Data from our surveys and community feedback indicate that a majority of our families support increasing instructional time in a safe manner and offering school sponsored activities for our students. This information from our stakeholders is important to us in making decisions as a district as we take input from our educational community into consideration. Our school district is working to minimize any negative impact this year has had on the education and well-being of our students. This means adapting our schedule and offering activities for our students to participate in during the rest of this year.

There are three possible options that we can choose for the rest of our school year:

       Continue with our current schedule

       Increase Single Session Schedule instructional time (no lunch and a Remote option)

       Full day school in the physical building, with lunches and a Remote option

Currently plans are being developed to increase the time in our Single Session schedule and also to bring students back for a full day as we prepare to make recommendations to our Board of Education.

Below are some of the issues that our committee is taking into consideration as we adapt our schedule:

       Live Streaming or Zoom/Meet logins

       Test wireless network and equipment

       Technology training & support

       Additional Technology support staff (Delaware Valley IT contracted)

       Additional hardware needs (monitors, microphones, cameras)

       Lunch schedules and a safe mask-off eating environment

       Rooms/spaces for eating

       Ensure rules regarding allergens are followed

       Ensuring social distancing guidelines are met

       County Health Department guidance and safety protocols

       School ventilation

       Our facilities passed state monitoring New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) in Spring 2020 and we are considered a high performing district (information on NJQSAC here).

       All ventilation filters, screens, and ducts cleaned Summer 2020

       All ventilation motors/equipment serviced (belts/drives replaced) Summer 2020

       Airdale units (cooling/heating) in each classroom power washed and serviced

       Current purchase - Air purifiers for each classroom (1500 sq ft coverage)

       Filtering 100% of the air once per hour

       5 Stage medical grade filtration system

       Eliminates 99% of particles, allergens, viruses and bacteria

       Staff members for coverage (additional staff may be needed)

       Use of substitutes to help support us for the rest of the school year

       Scheduling for all grades

       Core area courses

       Special areas

       After school activities

       Transportation (ready for pivot)

We will be sharing our plans with the Board of Education at our next meeting on March 10, 2021 for review and input prior to the recommendation for the rest of the school year.

Our committee looks forward to presenting these plans to our Board of Education and to discuss the best options for our students for the conclusion of the school year.

Thanks to everyone in our educational community for the continued support and partnership that has always made our school district great.


 Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.

Chief School Administrator/Principal-Ethel Hoppock Middle School

The mission of the Bethlehem Township School District, in partnership with the community, is to provide a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that challenges each child to maximize his/her potential.

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At the February 10, 2021 Bethlehem Township School District Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously approved a resolution to put teachers and staff at the top of the list for COVID-19 vaccinations.
The two schools (Pre-K to 8) have been providing in-person instruction since August 27th, 2020 in a shortened day schedule while offering an online option in the afternoon for families choosing a remote learning environment for their children. This framework meets the New Jersey Department of Education guidelines for all students. These options are successfully keeping the educational community safe while differentiating instructional strategies based on the unique learning needs of students in these current circumstances.

“Keeping our students, faculty and staff safe is the top priority for us” Board of Education President Debra D. Roosen said “while maintaining the high-quality education our families and community are accustomed to in Bethlehem Township.”

Two members of the Board are on a Reopening and Resource Committee along with a group of faculty, administration, nurses, counselors, parents, and community members. The goal of this group is to keep everyone safe while providing an optimal learning environment where students can achieve and exceed their potential.  Updates from the committee are provided at each Board meeting and adjustments to the schedule are anticipated for the 4th Marking Period at the end of March. Schools are expected to be open full time for the 2021-2022 school year!

Bethlehem Township Schools are proud of these instructional programs and staff have been connecting with families to put student learning and well-being first during this unprecedented health crisis.

Below is the approved resolution from the February 10th meeting.

February 11, 2021

A. BE IT RESOLVED that the Board upon recommendation of the Chief School Administrator, approve a Resolution requesting Governor Murphy to include Public School District Personnel in the official Expert Vaccine Allotment Panel’s definition of Frontline Workers


WHEREAS, the Bethlehem Township Board of Education recognizes that the United States, the State of New Jersey and local health authorities, as well as the World Health Organization, have declared a public health emergency regarding the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, the federal and state authorities have put in place guidance detailing the precautionary measures schools must implement to stop its spread of this disease; and
WHEREAS, public schools have a profound impact on millions of students, families and staff and are charged with the care, education, nourishment of their students and are an integral part of the health and safety of our communities; and

WHEREAS, our district has responded to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, providing students and staff members with the technology and resources necessary to ensure the efficient delivery of instruction, virtually and in-person; and

WHEREAS, the board has a substantial public interest in protecting the health and safety of its students, staff, and community and ensuring that the district can provide staff and students with a safe and effective educational environment that supports student achievement; and

WHEREAS, the board recognizes that this health emergency made it necessary to close schools and reinvent the educational programs in a virtual setting and that this may have an adverse impact on student achievement and the emotional and social well-being of students; and 

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan published by the State of New Jersey Department of Health (December 15, 2020, pgs. 36-37) prioritizes the availability of vaccines to “essential workers” in Phase 1B of the vaccine protocol; and

WHEREAS, school district staff at all levels are essential to the day-to-day operations of this district, responsible for the thorough and efficient education of all students and their social and emotional well-being, are critical for virtual and in-class instruction and are “essential workers;”  

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Bethlehem Township Board of Education finds a substantial public purpose exists to request that Governor Murphy give appropriate priority in the statewide administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to all public school district personnel.

COVID-19 Vaccination Plan published by the State of New Jersey Department of Health, see:

RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution shall be forwarded to the 23rd legislative district delegation, Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, Governor Phil Murphy, and to the New Jersey School Boards Association.

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Greetings to our Bethlehem Township Educational Community!

We are excited to open our schools again Monday, January 11th, to in-person instruction with all precautions and safety measures fully implemented for our return. We are also returning to our Remote Afternoon Schedule for families that chose virtual instruction. We are continuing to follow all CDC guidelines regarding face coverings, social distancing, and cleaning in our schools.

Please continue to notify our schools if there are cases or symptoms in your household and our district will provide timely information to our community regarding cases and exposures. Contact tracing is key to helping us control this virus in our local community.

Due to the possibility of absences from cases, quarantines, and exposures, we may need to close our buildings. A School Messenger Alert will go out to our families (like a Snow Day alert) to notify everyone (as soon as possible) that we will be moving to our Remote schedule for the day. Our district will contact trace and follow Health Department protocols to recommend quarantines so we can reopen our buildings again as safely and quickly as possible for our staff and students.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to our schools via email or phone.

Let’s start 2021 positively and productively!



Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.

Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School

The mission of the Bethlehem Township School District, in partnership with the community, is to provide a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that challenges each child to maximize his/her potential.


   Bethlehem Township School District

 December 23, 2020

 Dear Bethlehem Township Families:

I would like to thank you for your continued support while we have been learning virtually for the past three and a half weeks.  Please know how much we value your partnership. As 2020 comes to a close we are looking forward to the New Year as we spend time over the holiday break recharging and preparing for the next chapter of our school year.

We will now be reopening on Monday, January 11th, 2021 and will follow our In-Person/Remote Schedule that we have used this school year. In partnership with the community, our priority remains providing a safe instructional environment for all of our students and staff. We will continue with our Remote/Virtual Learning the week of January 4th-8th as a safety precaution as we transition plans, materials, facilities, and schedules back to the physical school buildings. Transportation will resume with bus stop, arrival, and dismissal times as scheduled this year.

Please remember to follow our guidelines (written request) for changing platforms regarding how instruction is delivered to your child:

  • To change from Remote to in-person (48 hours notice to the Building Principal)
  • To change from in-person to Remote (48 hours notice unless there is an emergency)

I am optimistic that 2021 will bring us all back together in school and in person activities. To do this successfully our families must continue to maintain open and honest communication with our schools regarding travel or exposure to individuals who are COVID positive. It also important to keep children home if they have any symptoms of illness

*Please notify the Hunterdon County Health Department for guidance if you or your child were exposed to a COVID-19 case.

Please note the following information below:

Travel Advisory: New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this timeThe advisory is no longer specific to certain states. Due to the rising number of case counts across all states, there is an increased risk of spread of COVID-19 upon return from any travel.                                                                                                                                          
Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging and individuals should leave the place of quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items following recommendations from the CDC:

  • If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.
  • If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.
  • If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. Travelers arriving from areas with increasing COVID-19 cases may wish to postpone their travel to the region if they are unwilling or unable to follow the quarantine advisory.                                                                                

Please click on the link below to the NJ.GOV site.  

We understand this can conflict with returning to school and are advising you to reach out to your child/ren's teacher(s) to make arrangements for a virtual learning switch during this time.  Also, please feel free to contact your child/ren's school nurse or principal, should you have any additional questions or concerns.  

Click here for the CDC guidance (Updated December 7, 2020)

Thomas B. Conley Elementary School Nurse Shannon Scanlon - 

Ethel Hoppock Middle School Nurse Cindy Arancio -

We appreciate your efforts in following state and health department guidelines in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our schools safe for staff and students.

The Bethlehem Township staff are committed to providing high quality instruction to each child as we work toward our Mission of providing a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that challenges each child to maximize his/her potential.

Have a safe and restorative winter break. I wish our families all the best in 2021.  


Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.

Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School

Bethlehem Township Public Schools

The mission of the Bethlehem Township School District, in partnership with the community, is to provide a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that challenges each child to maximize his/her potential.

Bethlehem Township School District

December 4, 2020
Greetings to all Bethlehem Township Families and Community Members:

I hope everyone had a productive first week back to school after our Thanksgiving holiday and that everyone is well. I would like to thank our families for picking up learning materials at both of our schools and we are here and available if there are any additional items needed for our students. If there are any questions regarding schedule or instruction please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Our school district will continue providing lunches for our students with parent pick up once a week starting Monday, December 7th from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at Conley School. Moving to once a week is for the convenience of our parents and if there are any issues please reach out to our schools via email.

If you are having any technology problems, please use our Technical Support HelpDesk throughout the school day.  Our contact information is listed below and on our District website: 

a).  The Virtual Learning Help Desk is staffed from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm - Monday through Friday and can be reached by calling 908-308-9288.

b).  The Help Desk is a number through Zoom that connects by audio or video to Ms. Kunz who will address any technical support issues you may have.

c).   For technical support after 1:00 pm, please email Ms. Lee at llee@btschools or call her Zoom Support number 908-308-9281.

I hope everyone has a great weekend as we begin to experience our first really cold days this year.

Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.

Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School

Bethlehem Township School District

November 28, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Please click on the link below to view our First District Newsletter and see the articles from our current Teachers of the Year, Mr. Thomas Brotzman and Mrs. Lindianne DeSavino.  We are very proud of them! 

The Newsletter is also posted on our District website under "Headlines and Features".

Bethlehem Township School District Newsletter


Monday, November 30, 2020 - First day for All Remote Instruction for students and staff


Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.

Chief School Administrator/Hoppock School Principal

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November 22, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This letter is to inform you that two staff members at Ethel Hoppock Middle School have been identified as close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. The individuals will quarantine for 14 days. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes. Eighteen students have been asked to quarantine for 14 days as a precautionary measure per department of health guidance.  The affected areas of the school building will be deep cleaned in advance of school reopening tomorrow, and the affected areas will not be utilized this week.

In-person instruction will continue as scheduled on November 23-24, 2020.  If you prefer to switch your child to full remote instruction this week, you may do so by contacting the main office at 908-479-6336.

REMINDER: The Bethlehem Township School District will shift to full remote instruction from Monday, November 30, 2020 through Friday January 15, 2021.

With the holiday season approaching, we encourage all families to stay vigilant and informed regarding COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19 symptoms, click here. If you need resources to help your child cope with the pandemic, consider reviewing this parent resource kit published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

If any new information becomes available, I will communicate it promptly. I wish you and your family a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.


Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.
Chief School Administrator/ Ethel Hoppock Middle School Principal

Bethlehem Township School District

- Important -

Full Remote Instruction will begin on
Monday, November 30, 2020 through Friday, January 15, 2021

November 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This letter is to inform you that due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in our region, and an increasing number of staff unable to be physically present, Bethlehem Township School District will shift to full remote instruction from Monday, November 30, 2020 through Friday, January 15, 2021. Students will return for in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Shifting to full remote instruction is necessary due to the volume of employees who are unable to be physically present which is resulting in a lack of adequate student supervision. It’s important to note that this decision is not a result of an outbreak. However, the ongoing surge in cases is creating residual operational constraints in our schools.

The District reserves the right to extend remote instruction if circumstances warrant it, or in the event that it is required by the State of New Jersey. We will continue to monitor the impact that COVID-19 is having on our school community with the hope of returning prior to January 19.

I recognize that the decision to shift to full remote learning will present challenges for some students and families. Our staff is committed to delivering a high-quality learning experience during the period of remote instruction. To assist students with the transition to remote instruction, the District will be sending students home with technology. If you have any specific needs or concerns regarding your student, I encourage you to communicate directly with your student’s teacher or principal. We are all here to help.

Remote class schedules and additional information will be sent out by the school principal early next week.

As always, thank you for your understanding of this very complex situation. I will communicate any new or relevant information as it becomes available. I wish you and your family a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.


Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.
Chief School Administrator/Hoppock School Principal


Bethlehem Township School District

NJ Travel Advisory Reminder 

November 4, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

NJ Travel Advisory Reminder -  We have two recesses in our district in the month of November (November 5-6 closure for the NJEA Teacher's Convention and November 25-27 closure for Thanksgiving Recess). This is a reminder that the state’s travel advisory is still in effect.

Please click on the link below to the NJ.GOV site with the list of 43 States currently on the NJ Travel Advisory List. "The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expectedas stated by the CDC and the Department of Health (DOH) that you quarantine for 14 days after returning from these states.  Please note that even though you may have a negative COVID test after you return from your trip, you would still be required to quarantine for the full 14 days upon returning from your trip. We understand this can conflict with returning to school and are advising you to reach out to your child/ren's teacher(s) to make arrangements for a virtual learning switch during this time.  Also, please feel free to contact your child/ren's school nurse or principal, should you have any additional questions or concerns.  

Click here for the CDC guidance (Updated November 4, 2020)

Thomas B. Conley Elementary School Nurse Shannon Scanlon - 

Ethel Hoppock Middle School Nurse Cindy Arancio -

We appreciate your efforts in following state and health department guidelines in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our schools safe for staff and students.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and enjoy the long weekend!

Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D. 

Chief School Administrator/Hoppock School Principal

October 28, 2020

To Bethlehem Township Parents & Guardians:

At our October 27th meeting, our Board of Education approved the continuation of the shortened day schedule in our schools through the Second Marking Period (Friday, January 22, 2021). A committee of staff, teachers, and administration are meeting regularly to discuss our current structure to adapt and improve our processes and procedures. 

We are proud of the plan that our Summer Reopening Committee developed as it provides a consistent and well balanced education to our students. We are assessing student progress and maintaining the high standards our community expects from Bethlehem Township Public Schools.

We will be sending out a survey shortly to gather input from our stakeholders and continue with our community meetings to hear feedback regarding our schools. 

Thanks to all of our staff, families, and community members for your support. I look forward to continued success in our Second Marking Period and the 2020-2021 School Year.

Thank you,

Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.

Chief School Administrator/Hoppock School Principal

Upcoming Dates to Remember:


Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - Schools closed for Election Day and Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6, 2020 - Schools closed for NJEA Convention

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - Schools Closed prior to Thanksgiving Recess
Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020 - Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Recess

Bethlehem Township School District

Policy #5516 - Reminder to Parents and Guardians

October 20, 2020


To All Bethlehem Township Parents & Guardians:
A reminder to everyone regarding our Remote Learning, videoconferencing, and/or staff/student/parent meetings.  It is against our policy to create a video or audio recording of any lessons and videoconferences. Policy 5516 states, “The Board of Education believes pupils and/or school staff members should not be subject to having a video or audio recording taken of any pupil(s) or school staff member(s) for any purpose without the consent of the pupil, the pupil’s parent or guardian, and/or the school staff member.”

We ask all parents, guardians, and students to adhere to this policy.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to our administration.

Thank you,

Gregory C. Farley,
Chief School Administrator/Hoppock Principal

Hoppock Middle School Parent Academy #

Join us on Wednesday, October 14th

Time - 7:00 pm - Via Google Meet - Link below

Dr. Greg Farley - Topics include:  Back to School!





Next steps

Q & A


Bethlehem Township School District

Parent Advisory Council 

2020-2021 School Year

September 18, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members:
Invitation to participate and help our educational community!

Dr. Farley is looking for volunteers to join our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) for the 2020-2021 school year. This directly addresses our Long Range Plan and district goals to increase community engagement and participation in our ongoing effort to connect with families and community members. 

Our district is seeking feedback and input to guide our schools on a variety of topics that include our reopening plan, facilities, curriculum & instruction, communication, and school operations.

Please email Peggy Andrews by September 25, 2020, at if you are interested in joining this committee and sharing your perspective with our district administration!

Bethlehem Township School District
Community Update ~ 9-4-2020

Greetings to all of our Bethlehem Township Families!

We have finished our first full week of school and our students and teachers are excited to get back to learning!  All of our planning, preparation, and precautions are paying off and we have all been getting back into “school” mode. We have made all the small changes necessary to our schedules to adapt to the learning needs of our students and we are going to come back from the long weekend strong!

Students and staff have done a great job with masks and the new procedures and I am proud of our Bethlehem Township Educational Community for coming together and starting our school year right.

All of our staff members are continuing to assess our models of instruction to promote continual improvement and ensure all of our students are receiving the best possible instruction. We are also monitoring any updates and guidance from the Hunterdon County Board of Health, the CDC, and the Department of Education, to maintain compliance with safety standards and protocols.

To our parents and guardians, thank you for your trust in our staff and Board of Education, and your confidence in our Reopening Plan to keep your children safe. In closing, I want to reiterate my gratitude for our teachers and staff members. I understand the anxiety and stress associated with the transition back to school. Our Bethlehem Township School District staff are second to none with their caring, compassion, and dedication to our students. I cannot thank them enough for their professionalism these past two weeks.

Please enjoy the long weekend and the expectation of sunshine and 80 degree weather for each and every day!

See you next week!


Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.

Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School

Bethlehem Township Public Schools

Ethel Hoppock Middle School

July 30, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of Ethel Hoppock Middle School students,

Our Reopening Steering Committee has been meeting since early June to plan for our 2020-2021 school year. In addition to our weekly committee meetings, our 16 members met in smaller cohorts to focus on the Physical Accommodations, Procedures, Instruction and Social-Emotional Well Being to implement precautions and measures needed for our school to open safely for students and staff on August 27th. 

In order to make an informed decision we consulted guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the Hunterdon County Department of Health.  We surveyed our parents in the Township for feedback and incorporated some innovative ideas from the open-ended comment section. We also consulted with our local government and our Office of Emergency Management to ensure all aspects of a safe reopening were implemented for our educational community.

Last night our Board of Education approved a 7:30 am - 11:00 am schedule for Hoppock School for the first marking period which currently ends on October 30th.  We want to provide some information to prepare for the school year prior to the release of our full reopening plan which will be available shortly in draft form.

Classrooms: All students will sit at desks that are 6’ apart in all directions in the classroom. Students are required to wear masks during the day and wash their hands/use sanitizer as they enter and exit the classrooms. Special Area teachers will provide instruction in the academic classrooms to limit student movement in the building. Some classrooms have been expanded by eliminating temporary walls and creating additional space.

Instruction: Hoppock School will provide in person classes from 7:30 am -11:00 am every day.Afternoon instruction will be virtual from 12:30 - 2:30 pm every day. In order to ensure all students receive a high quality educational experience, expectations and schedules may differ for each group of students. Students learning virtually will be asked to view teacher-made/educational videos and actively participate in online learning sites/applications - before meeting with their teachers in the afternoon. Students physically attending school will have some extended schoolwork and perhaps some online learning for homework. In the case of complete virtual instruction, a list of virtual protocols and schedules for students will be provided before our school year starts. 

Expectations, scheduling and instruction for virtual learning will be structured and consistent.

Arrival and dismissal: Buses will operate as usual throughout the township and students will be required to wear a mask when on the bus. Those getting on at the start of the route will go to the back of the bus and/or sit as a family unit. The bus will fill according to the bus route. At the end of the day students will board the bus in the reverse order. More information will be provided before school starts, however, we will be encouraging parents to drive their children to school, if at all possible. Arrival and dismissal will take place over a longer period of time and through our three different entrances.

Welcome Back Letter: During the second week of August you will receive a welcome back letter and packet explaining more of our opening information in detail.

Lunch:  There will be no lunch for any grade during the first marking period. 

Parent Information Session:  On August 12th, I, along with some members of the Steering Committee, scheduled two question and answer sessions, one at Heritage Park at 10:00 am and one virtually at 7:00 pm. We will do our best to answer questions and address concerns so parents can make an informed decision as to whether your child(ren) will return for in-person classes.

A form will be sent through the Genesis Parent Portal that must be completed by August 14th to notify our district of your plans for your child(ren) to choose either virtual or in-person instruction.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing everyone on August 12th!


Gregory C. Farley

Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.                              
Chief School Administrator/Principal-Ethel Hoppock Middle School                                                     Bethlehem Township Public Schools                                                                                      
280 Asbury-West Portal Road, Asbury, NJ 08802                                                        
(908) 479-6336, Ext. #2222

Bethlehem Township School District
July 17, 2020

 To All Bethlehem Township School District Parents and Guardians:

I hope all our families are having an enjoyable summer. I understand the difficulty of these times and share the stress and anxiety our students, staff, and families have felt over these past several months. As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year our Reopening Steering Committee has been meeting several times a week in four sub-groups (Physical Buildings, Procedures, Instruction, and Social Emotional Well-Being) to ensure our students and staff are safe as we open our buildings to start our school year on August 27th.  Our final plan will be completed by July 31st and our committee has gone into great detail while preparing for multiple scenarios for the upcoming school year.  The final plan will be presented to the public when it is completed.

Our committees and staff are transitioning back into our buildings and in-person meetings as restrictions are lifted by Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education. 

Preliminary Plans:  Five days a week beginning with shortened days August 27th to September 4th (Committee may recommend shortened days through September as an additional safety measure)

Our plan has all students returning to school with shortened days (no lunch or recess) and students will attend all academic and special area classes during the day with shortened periods. 

  • Social distancing is achievable due to the size of our classrooms.
  • Discussions regarding staff and students wearing masks are ongoing.
  • Staff and students will not be sharing materials or resources and there will be a meticulous cleaning and sanitizing schedule for our custodians to follow. 
  • Arrival and dismissal schedules will be staggered and the use of different entrances and exits will accommodate social distancing.
  • Staff will be fully trained on all precautions and safety measures prior to the beginning of school.
  • The guidance regarding transportation from the Department of Education indicates busses can go to capacity if all students wear masks.

The New Jersey Department of Education - Restart and Recovery plan is available on our district website.

We understand that there are many other questions associated with our reopening and these are being addressed by our committee as we finish our final plan over the next two weeks.  More information, as well as the names of our committee members, are available on my updates page.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to a committee member or to my office at 908-479-6336 ext. 2222.  

We have updated and upgraded all of our technologies and will have an iPad for each student complete with apps and learning tools for learning during the school year.  Also, our teachers are participating in the Summer 2020 Bethlehem Township Professional Development Virtual Academy where they are learning valuable strategies to teach our students and provide a nurturing child-centered environment that challenges each child to maximize his/her potential.

If you have not filled out our Bethlehem Township Return to School - The Road Back! survey please click here to provide input as we finalize our plans to safely reopen our schools.  We have already received over 120 responses and more than 80% of respondents are looking forward to getting their children back into our schools!

Thank you for your time, patience, and understanding during these challenging times.


Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.
Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School
Bethlehem Township Public Schools  
280 Asbury West Portal Rd, Asbury, NJ 08802
(908) 479-6336  Ext. 2222

The mission of the Bethlehem Township School District, in partnership with the community, is to provide a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that challenges each child to maximize his/her potential.

Bethlehem Township School District

July 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Currently Bethlehem Township is planning on returning to our physical school buildings on Thursday, August 27th.  Our school district will be following all Department of Education and Department of Health general health, safety, and precautionary guidelines as we reopen our schools.

Precautions include:
--Social distancing guidelines will be implemented when possible but there may be times in the hallways and in
   bathrooms where students may not be able to be separated six feet apart
--The year will begin with Early Dismissal Days to eliminate lunch and recess (snack will be scheduled for grades
   Pre-K-2nd grade)
--Students will be required to wear masks on the bus and in classrooms (masks will be provided if needed)
--Staff and students will frequently wash their hands along with sanitizing/cleaning of areas throughout the
--There will be no use of common materials and/or resources by staff and students

Our full plan will be shared with our community when it is completed.  Please take a few minutes to fill out our Return to School Survey -
please click on the link to get started: Please complete the survey by Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Thank you.

Bethlehem Township Public Schools

Community Update on Returning to School Steering Committee 2020-2021

June 19, 2020

Welcome to Summer 2020! I hope everyone has begun their Summer with safe and fun

activities.  I am sure that many of our Parent/Guardians have questions about what the 2020/2021

School Year will look like upon our return to school. Below is an overview of our

planning/processes/procedures for the reopening of our schools.

School districts in New Jersey will be given guidance from Governor Murphy next week

regarding how we will begin our school year. Our district has put together a committee

consisting of administrators, parents, teachers, nurses, and school counselors, who have been

working diligently on preparing for multiple scenarios to best educate our students in the

2020-2021 school year.

As we prepare for the reopening of schools the health and safety of our Bethlehem Township

students and staff is our main priority. Our committee is as anxious as you are for what our

schools will look like this Fall and as soon as we receive that guidance from the state, we will

complete and share our final plans with all of our stakeholders. If you have any questions, please

feel free to reach out to me, Principal Smith, or our Director of Special Education, Mrs. Sally


Below are some major points in an outline from our “Reopening of Schools Steering Committee”

along with a list of our members and sub-committees. I would like to commend each of our

members for their time, efforts, and commitment to planning for a safe and successful school


Please note this is a sampling of our plan and does not include all of the issues we have

addressed during our meetings. Our Action Planning document is nearly 20 pages and takes into

account all the tasks and issues that have emerged as we reopen.

Reopening of Schools Committee Action Plan

2020-2021 School Year

Overarching Goal : To provide students and staff with a safe learning environment in

coordination with County, State, and Federal Guidelines for the reopening of schools during the

COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020-2021 School Year.

Committee Members:

Chief School Administrator: Dr. Gregory Farley

Principal: Jane Smith

Director of Special Education: Sally Klemm

Business Administrator/Board Secretary: Beverly Vlietstra

Chief School Administrator Secretary: Margaret Andrews

BT Board of Education Member: Jessica Gleason

Teacher/BTEA President: Eileen Bancalari

School Counselors: Rebecca Billera, Kamerone Jeter

Thomas B. Conley School Nurse: Shannon Scanlon, RN

Ethel B. Hoppock School Nurse: Cynthia Arancio, RN

Teachers: Dan Hathaway, Meaghan Dagostino

Parents: Jamie Kohler, Erin Roop, Sarah Hall

Our subcommittees are structured to address the four major areas of concern:

Focus - Physical Accommodations - Topics include: Classroom, Physical Education - Recess,

Cafeteria, Cleaning- Disinfectant - Supplies, Teacher’s Room, Sick Room, Office, Restrooms

Subcommittee Members Responsible:

Chair: Beverly Vliestra

Jane Smith

Greg Farley

Sally Klemm

Erin Roop

Jess Gleason

Some issues addressed:

● Safe distancing recommendations 6 feet apart

● Sanitize supplies between classes

● Privacy Shields and/or masks and/or gloves provided for everyone, faculty and students

● Students have individual bins for all their supplies to use for every class - No shared


● Ensure proper ventilation

● Specials (Art, Music, Spanish) in the classroom (on a cart)

● Sanitizers placed at all building entrances/outside of classroom

● Classrooms have adequate cleaning supplies (desk wipes, sanitizer, soap)

● Floor markings and Field markings 6-8 feet apart in Grid

● Staggered lunches and snack times

● Tape off sick room in nurse’s offices

Focus - Procedures - Topics include: Transportation, Student Arrival & Dismissal, Classroom

and Hallways, Lunch Building Usage, Students and Faculty that are ill

Subcommittee Members Responsible:

Chair: Cynthia Arancio, RN

Jane Smith

Greg Farley

Sally Klemm

Jaimie Kohler

Shannon Scanlon, RN

Beverly Vliestra

Some issues addressed:

● Awaiting transportation guidance from the Department of Education

● Possible staggered arrival and dismissal times

● Students exit their bus practicing safe distancing recommendations

● Use multiple entrances/exits to school: front office, front all-purpose room, side trailer

● Scan temperatures using a thermal scanner

● Hands should be sanitized/washed upon entry to building & classrooms

● Remove wall stickers in the Conley hallways and replace with one way arrows 6 ft. apart

● Students will not share supplies

● Ensure proper ventilation

● Educate and reinforce hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

● Encourage to cough/sneeze into their elbow

● Increased monitoring of mask use and hand washing

● Staff meetings, Professional Development remain virtual

● Staff members will be educated on all safety procedures

● Awaiting guidance on outside organization’s use of buildings


● Temperature assessed

● Fever or symptoms indicated - sent home immediately

● Backup staff available


● Fever or symptoms assessed

● Quarantine room taped off with 6 ml. plastic in the nurse’s office OR other space

● Parents notified

● Parents sign student out – outside of building

● Students will be escorted to parent by School Nurse

Focus - Instruction - Tasks include: Technology, Home/Online Instruction, In-School

Schedules Physical Education & Recess, Professional Development for Parents and Staff

Subcommittee Members Responsible:

Chair: Eileen Bancalari

Jane Smith

Greg Farley

Sally Klemm

Dan Hathaway

Meaghan Dagostino

Sarah Hall

● All digital content updated and ready by August

● All teachers have access to digital content

● List of platforms and framework for usage

● Printed instructions and troubleshooting tools for teachers and parents

○ Technology assistance for troubleshooting for teachers, parents, students

● Training/Professional Development

o Parental support training - printed instruction and troubleshooting tools

o Professional Development in Summer - staff and parents

● Google Classroom

○ Online protocols for students

○ Online protocols for teachers

● Schedules for related services

● Multiple means of clear communication (email, Google Classroom, video conferencing)

● Small groups

● Safe distancing and activities for outside

● Field and floor markings

● Hand washing techniques and protocols

● Mask wearing education and protocols

Focus - Social and Emotional Well Being: Tasks include: Student and Faculty assistance

Subcommittee Members Responsible:

Chair: Rebecca Billera

Jane Smith

Greg Farley

Sally Klemm

Kam Jeter

Some issues addressed:


● Address transition into new grade/ back to physical environment

● End of August visit in small groups - “open house” instead of back to school night

○ School Nurses explain COVID-19 procedures

○ Ease students back into brick and mortar instruction

○ Ease potential fears of parents/students for upcoming school year

● School Nurses to speak with students in their classrooms about germs/physical safety

● Classroom visits from School Counselor to address fears/anxieties surrounding return to

school and pandemic and to provide immediate coping skills

● Safety considerations/physical environment for how to meet with students in offices

and/or in groups for Social Emotional Learning development

○ Smaller groups, 6 feet in between all individuals, appropriate cleaning measures

to be taken to clean tables/seats

Staff - Professional Development

● All COVID-19 safety measures/processes/procedures training

Families/ Communities

● Communication - letters, pamphlets, updates, training, ability to get assistance

● Address with parents our safety precautions and procedures

Bethlehem Township School District
Community Update from the Chief School Administrator

May 29, 2020
To All Parents and Guardians:
At our May 26th Board of Education meeting the last day of school was changed to June 8th.  We have Field Day (June 3rd) and June 5th and 8th are shortened days.  This will give our students some time to finish any assignments/projects and catch up on make-up work before the end of the year.

We have finalized our plans for graduation with a wave parade for 5th grade on Friday, June 5th at 10:00 am and a Virtual Graduation for our 8th graders on Monday, June 8th at 5:00 pm.  Let’s celebrate the end of the year for our students!

The drop off/pick up of school equipment and student belongings is on June 8th and 9th for both schools.  The details will be sent to parents in each building.  Grading procedures for the 4th marking period are now available on our website.  Click here!

Thanks to everyone that volunteered for our Return to School Steering Committee.  We received over 20 requests to join the committee and we will be reaching out to people next week.  This group will begin the important task of preparing us for the next school year.  

I hope everyone has a great weekend and is ready for the end of this school year!


Gregory C. Farley

Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D., 
Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School
Bethlehem Township Public Schools
280 Asbury West Portal Rd, Asbury, NJ 08802
(908) 479-6336 Ext 2222

Bethlehem Township School District
Community Update from the Chief School Administrator

May 22, 2020

To the Bethlehem Township School District Community:

This Memorial Day weekend I ask that we think of those who gave their lives for our freedom and our country.  Please take some time to honor the sacrifices of so many of our brave heroes.

As I began to write this week’s updates we got some positive news from Governor Murphy that groups of up to 25 can now gather outdoors.  Just in time for the unofficial start of Summer!  This is positive news and an optimistic start to our state’s reopening. 

We are asking for some parents to volunteer to serve on our Return to School Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee will include representatives of teachers, maintenance, health, administration and other representative bodies of our township.  The committee is our first step in the oversight of essential workflows detailed in the New Jersey Department of Education’s road map to recovery.  If you are interested in joining this committee, please email Peggy Andrews at

There is a Q&A document available on our website in response to the questions that came up at our Virtual Town Hall last week.  I hope this will clarify the issues that parents had regarding this change.  All decisions we make take concerns, opinions, and all of the facts into consideration.  The Q&A document is available on our district website.

We have a four-day weekend with Home/Online instruction resuming on Tuesday.

Please relax and enjoy the weekend!


Gregory C. Farley

Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D., 
Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School
Bethlehem Township Public Schools
280 Asbury West Portal Rd, Asbury, NJ 08802
(908) 479-6336 Ext 2222

                                                Bethlehem Township School District

May 1, 2020

Greetings to the Bethlehem Township Educational Community!

Welcome to the first day of May!  There is no news on a potential return to school from Governor Murphy but he is expected to make an announcement on May 15th.  We continue to follow the Health Department directives that prioritize the safety and health of our students and citizens.  Our district faces the challenges of reopening before or after the summer months and remains committed to providing exceptional instruction to all of our students during this closure. 

We are preparing for multiple scenarios regarding 8th grade graduation and other celebrations for all of our students once a final decision is made regarding this school year.  There are a variety of ways to make the end of the year special for our staff and students and we will structure a committee of stakeholders to determine the best way to celebrate the end of this school year once a final determination is made.  I promise that we will see each other in some way and finish our school year with the spirit and strength of our community.  We are also in the planning stages for Extended School Year, Summer Camp, and Enrichment but are awaiting guidance from the Governor before we can move forward with any plans for in-person activities.

Principal Smith and I will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30 pm to discuss our Long Range planning goals, facilities usage for 2020-2021, and recommendations for grade level configuration for our schools.  Information regarding this video conference/call will be shared through the township and School Messenger early next week.  We look forward to input and feedback from our community!

Please fill out our home/online instruction survey if you have not already that was sent out via email to our parents and students.  If you did not receive the communication, please contact Peggy Andrews at for a link to our survey.

Our staff and administration in coordination with other county school districts are considering assessment alternatives for the 4th marking period report cards taking all options into consideration for our students.  We want to keep our students focused and motivated for the rest of this school year as our incredible teaching staff continues to work with our students each day.

Please submit any photos of our students reading or learning from home for our 2019-2020 Yearbook.  Please see the email from last week requesting photos be sent to Ms. Swenson ( by May 9th.  This will be a unique addition to our Yearbook that will commemorate this time in our lives where school was conducted in our homes.

In closing, I just spoke with a friend from our township that has such a positive outlook on the quarantine and I wanted to share that with our community.  She described this experience with her family as a “time we will never have again” where her sons have been connecting like never before and her family has been bonding together at home.  In an era when everyone is usually busy with sports, work, and other activities, being together for meals, games, and togetherness should be cherished and seen as an opportunity rather than a burden.  Stay positive and strong during this time, Bethlehem Township, we will be back!

Gregory C. Farley

Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D., 
Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School
Bethlehem Township Public Schools
280 Asbury West Portal Rd, Asbury, NJ 08802
(908) 479-6336 Ext 2222

Bethlehem Township School District

Message from Dr. Farley: April 27, 2020
Greetings to our Bethlehem Township Educational Community:

We returned last week to our home/online instruction after spring break and I hope everyone had some time to relax and be away from school work and videoconferencing and get outside, relax, and prepare for the rest of our school year.  We really needed that time off.

These are some very trying times for all of us.  Governor Murphy has closed our schools until at least May 21st and our teachers and staff are continuing to prepare and deliver meaningful learning experiences for our students and our families and ensure that everyone is working hard and doing their best.  Grading is going to be adapted to meet this new learning environment and that information will come out after our Tuesday Board meeting.

I am dealing with the same reality that we all share, staying home and limiting travel to groceries and a couple of trips a week to Hoppock and Conley to check-in.  At my house we have three daughters, a 6th grader, a 9th grader, a college Junior, and my wife, a preschool teacher.  I am sure this is much like your homes with the Google Meets, Zooms, calls, working, learning, typing, devices, getting on WiFi, and trying to find a quiet place to talk and work.

If there is a positive to this quarantine I would say it is the time with my family, because we have never spent this much time together.  Although there have been some arguments, there have been many more games, much more laughter and sharing time and experiences that I would not have had because my children are typically at practice and I am usually at school.  I know when we look back at this time, I will remember how the Farley's connected during the pandemic of 2020.  I hope the same for you and your families as we get through this together.

Being away from school for the last six weeks I think of the little things I miss, like 6th/7th grade lunch -  coming in the side way in Conley and deciding whether I walk left past the 1st, 2nd and Kindergarten, or go right and pass 2nd, 4th and the 3rd graders.  I miss passing by and seeing our preschoolers and the ALC and saying good morning to our 5th graders down in that wing.  Seeing our Child Study Team, School Counselors, and watching students enjoying Physical Education, Art, Music and time in the Libraries.  Seeing our smiling staff and teachers and missing their positivity and passion for helping our students.  Take some time to reflect on these memories and know that we will be back at school, we don’t know when, but we will be back.

Now on to our 8th graders.  This is supposed to be an exit ramp from their time in Bethlehem Township schools and should be filled with class trips, dances, and celebrations.  We all know someone in 8th grade and this is supposed to be their time to finish out at Hoppock.  Work hard and finish these last six weeks strong, and we are looking at multiple scenarios to celebrate your accomplishments with you and your families, and get awards and diplomas, and throw your hats in the air.  I promise you all that.  

So now that we are back on a schedule working on assignments and projects, please remember to keep everything in perspective.  What I mean is that if you are feeling stress and anxiety, take a break.  If anyone is struggling, contact a teacher, counselor, or staff member, we are all here to help.  A lesson I have learned during the past six weeks is that there are some things that are just as, if not more, important than school, and that is our families, our health, our safety, and our well being.  

I conclude by thanking all of our families with Doctors, Nurses, PAs, health care providers, first responders, law enforcement and any essential employees who are out working in our communities.  From my family and me, we thank you.

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