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Update from the Superintendent, 8-26-22


 Office of the Superintendent

August 26, 2022

Dear Parents and School Community Members,

It is with great enthusiasm that we embark on a new school year. We are especially excited to welcome back our students on Thursday, September 1. Yesterday, the principals sent messages with important school-specific information and provided access to Genesis for families. We know our students are eager to meet their teachers and see their classmates next week.  

Let me first assure you that we are actively collaborating with Watchung Hills Regional High School in an effort to cover our bus routes, which are not yet fully staffed. We also are developing a plan to alleviate the burden on parents with opportunities for early drop offs at our schools, starting as early as 7:00 a.m. at Valley View and 8:00 a.m. at Bayberry, as well as later pick ups after school to accommodate working families. Chief Hart has assisted us in designing the traffic plan and will provide additional support on campus when school begins. Please look for an update and brief survey from our business office. 

In the meantime, please know that we will be as flexible as possible and will communicate as quickly as we can while we finalize the details. We appreciate your understanding and ask for your patience as we work through the plan during the first few days of school. We will have additional police support to direct traffic and help us maintain a safe environment. 

Allow me also to thank you in advance for helping us keep everyone healthy in school. We have been remarkably successful in maintaining a safe, healthy environment over the last two years, thanks to the cooperation of our entire community. Our goal is to keep our students in school. We are not excluding children based on potential Covid exposure, and we are discontinuing regular contact tracing, but we do ask that you screen your children for symptoms and keep them home when they are sick. We also encourage parents to review our Covid Protocols for Families, 2022-23 on our website for more information and reach out to our nurses with questions.

On the issue of school safety, though I cannot be specific, I want to assure our community that we have continued to update our security protocols in consultation with our police department this summer. Chief Hart and his staff continue to work closely with us to keep our students and staff safe, and we are very appreciative of the support.

At last night’s board meeting, the board voted to submit the referendum projects list to the state for a determination on the eligibility for state funding. We will be sure to provide an update on the state’s response. The board also voted to accept the District Goals and Action Plans, 2022-23, and we encourage you to review the District Goals webpage on our website.

Last, the vacant seat on the board is still available, but because the 65-day deadline has expired, the appointment will be made by the executive county superintendent. Information for applying for the position is on the district website. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. You have our best wishes for a wonderful start to the school year. 

George P. Alexis