Message from Dr. Feltre (January 2, 2022)

Good afternoon,

As expressed in my December 31st communication, we have spent the weekend continually evaluating the evolving COVID surge and its impact on our schools. Due to rising student absences and staffing shortages across all schools, we have made the very difficult decision to shift to full day virtual instruction for the week of January 3rd-7th. 

January 3rd-7th will be full days of live instruction/services following the normal in-person schedule. Teachers will be adding Google Meet links to their Google Classrooms. Certificated staff will be providing live instruction/services for their classes, taking screen breaks during independent work and as warranted by their professional judgment. Students are expected to have their cameras on during class as Google Meet now has background filters. Specific expectations regarding classroom instruction will come from your child’s teacher as they navigate this week. Please be kind and patient as we strive to minimize disruption.

As we are committed to resuming in-person instruction as soon as we safely can, we will continue to re-evaluate the situation on a daily basis to determine when we will be able to resume in-person instruction.

We are in the process of finalizing plans for power cord distribution for the K-4 Chromebooks. Your building Principal will be reaching out with additional information in the next day or so.

For many, this newest variant of COVID presents itself much like the common cold with one or two symptoms such as fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, fatigue, and sneezing. Please communicate with your school nurse if your child is experiencing any signs of illness. 

With regards to quarantining:

It is a very confusing time between the CDC guidelines and the guidelines for schools from the NJDOH. We are bound to follow the guidelines for schools from the NJDOH.

The latest information that we received, as of yesterday, is that the CDC has not yet applied the recently revised isolation and quarantine timeframes for the general population to K-12 schools. Therefore, until the CDC updates school specific guidance, K-12 schools have been instructed that they should continue to follow conventional isolation and quarantine timeframes.

Please know that a lot of thought, care and deliberation went into making this decision and we are fully aware that this decision will not be welcomed by some. Please show empathy and understanding for the teachers and administration as we strive to provide the best possible education for our students (your children) during this newest surge in COVID cases.

Thank you,

Dr. Kim T. Feltre
Acting Superintendent
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

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