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Coronavirus Update Apr 3, 2020

Dear South Brunswick School Community,

I am reaching out to provide clarity on the plans moving forward for Spring Break. Without question, a break is needed by all, inclusive of our newly “hired” homeschooling parents :). Please take this time to focus on family and yourselves. Here is how we are approaching Spring Break this year:

First, we are now under the direction of the Governor when it comes to schools reopening. At this time, Governor Murphy has closed schools for the immediate future and stated that he will not be revisiting this decision until April 17th (at the end of our scheduled Spring Break). Without knowing if we will reopen schools this year, we will maintain our spring break, with only one small modification.

Spring Break will run from Friday, April 10th - Friday April 17th.

Thursday, April 9th will be designed as a fun day

(The specific design for each level coming to you soon)

Should by Wednesday, April 8th, Governor Murphy close schools for the remainder of the year, Spring Break would immediately be revisited and may be further adjusted.

While there is still a chance to return to school this year, we are holding out hope of having as many in-person days of school as possible. Keeping Spring Break as planned provides this opportunity. All we can do now is hope to be able to celebrate the traditions we all look forward to including HS Graduation and all of the end-of-the-year celebrations in our schools. I will say this...anything that is possible to maintain, will be done! That is my promise to this community.

Thank you all for what you are doing to support your children in these challenging times. Be well, be safe and please, please - keep social distances.

Sincerely,

Scott Feder
Superintendent of Schools




Coronavirus Update Apr 2, 2020

Dear South Brunswick Families,

It has come to our attention that our school playgrounds, tracks and fields are still being used by the community. Please remember that ALL areas of school property remain closed to the public during this pandemic. This includes our athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, playgrounds, walking paths and parking lots. Anyone found on school property may be charged with trespassing during this time of social distancing. I know this all sounds a bit extreme, but we must enforce this and be part of the solution regarding our current situation. Our schools and all school grounds are closed and not open to the public for use.

I cannot reiterate enough how important it is for everyone to adhere to the direction of the Governor and health officials. Keep in mind that there are concerns that the coronavirus can remain on hard surfaces for an undetermined amount of time. For everyone’s safety, you must stay off of school property.

We understand with the nice weather coming and spring break approaching how families might be tempted to use our playgrounds, tracks and fields. We are reminding all that this is not an option and urge you to maintain social distancing. Again, this all seems harsh, but it is something we must enforce at this time. We all await the time when things are back to normal and our children and all of us adults are out and about enjoying the season.

Thank you and stay safe South Brunswick! Sincerely,

Scott Feder
Superintendent of Schools




Coronavirus Update Apr 1, 2020

Dear South Brunswick Families,

Below you will find a link to a student grading document for your child's grade level. Our remote grading practices assume we will be out of school for the duration. However, should we learn that the return date is much sooner, we may re-evaluate. As such, these grading practices are based on our current remote learning reality.

With the issues surrounding reliability, fidelity and equity too great to overcome, these grading models allow for flexibility and an ease away from the “grade” and hopefully reduced stress for all. Teachers will make sure their students fully understand the expectations as we go into the final reporting period of the year. A great deal of effort and thought has been put into designing the most meaningful approach to grading as we all find ourselves isolated, uncertain and learning in a platform that is like nothing we have done before. Traditional grades will not be the dominating factor as we all settle into our new normal, to which there is no known end-date.

Please note that student placement discussions are ongoing and more information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. Teachers do not have answers regarding placement, so please hold questions at this time. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

If you do have questions regarding grading, please reach out to your building principal or feel free to email me directly.
Please click your link for further details.

ELEMENTARY
MIDDLE
HIGH

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Scott Feder Superintendent of Schools



Coronavirus Update Mar 27, 2020

Good Morning Families,

We hope that you have enjoyed your week and that your students are enjoying their virtual field day in the elementary and middle schools. I am writing because I wanted to share with you that the governor announced yesterday that schools statewide will remain closed for the foreseeable future, and that he “will not revisit this question until at least April 17.” We wanted to share this with you so that you can plan accordingly.

Governor Murphy continued to urge residents to follow the statewide stay-at-home order, saying, “Please think of others across our state, let alone within your own family, whose lives depend on you doing the smart thing, or the right thing.” As we approach the weekend, I too ask that you please follow the social distancing guidelines so that we may all stay healthy and safe and move on from this pandemic. As you may have read, yesterday we were able to assist in fighting this pandemic by donating to the Office of Emergency Management surgical supplies that are much needed.

Lastly, the Department of Education asked us to share the following information with our families in reference to childcare availability for essential employees around the state. Please click on the following link to view this important information: https://www.sbschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_197756/File/school%20info/Friday%20Folder/EO110_Essential_Personnel_Childcare_flyer.pdf

As we receive updates, we will share out with our school community accordingly. We are in the process of finalizing some parameters and adjustment for the prolonged future of remote learning. You will be hearing more about this shortly.

Stay well South Brunswick!
Sincerely,

Scott Feder
Superintendent of Schools




Coronavirus Update Mar 24, 2020

Good Day Families,

I hope that the start of this week finds everyone well and settling into the new “normal” of remote learning. The Governor announced today in his daily briefing that schools will be closed indefinitely until further notice. We will, of course, keep you informed as we receive updates, but I would plan on maintaining this closure until at least spring break.

Please know that we are working diligently to get you the answers that you need. With regard to State testing:

Governor Murphy has announced that New Jersey has applied for a federal waiver to cancel all New Jersey standardized testing for students. Clarifying the move, the Governor noted that cancellation of the exams "will not impact the graduation requirements of any student." The testing window for the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments for grades 3 through 10 was scheduled to start on April 20.

We received information today that the NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, will now also offer help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. New Jerseyans can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists. For the latest medical information, including mental health guidance and tips, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html.

Lastly, I believe we all have finally realized the extent and necessity of Social Distancing. This applies to adults and students alike. While it is painful to be living in this manner, it is our new normal for hopefully only a short period. Parents, you must help and make sure your children are not gathering in groups. While this goes against everything we know, it is what is needed now. Here is one student's take on quarantine. My Eighth Grade Year Cut Short.

Be well South Brunswick!
Sincerely,


Scott Feder Superintendent of Schools




Coronavirus Update Mar 22, 2020

Dear Families,

 

As we enter our 2nd full week of remote learning, I want to thank you for completing the survey as it has helped to inform on what adaptations you are looking for going forward, as we must assume remote learning will be the new normal for the immediate future. We had over 2,600 responses from families and will be using those ideas to redesign things for the week of the 30th.

For this week, we are following through with our initial 10-day plan, which will end this Wednesday. We are looking at Thursday and Friday to be two special days for students. Our teams are working on this during the week to help shake things up a bit as we transition into the next week with our new framework. More to come this week :)

I wanted to share some common themes from the surveys:
● Kids miss their teachers
● Parents miss their child’s teachers EVEN MORE :)
● Kids like the novelty of learning from home
Parents REALLY MISS their child’s teachers!!
● Kids ask their parents for help a lot more than usual
Parents REALLY, REALLY, MISS their child’s teachers
● Kids are not sure about whether they want this to go on longer
Parents have never known anything with more emphatic belief than how much they REALLY, REALLY, REALLY MISS their child’s teachers!!!!

Beginning Monday, March 30th we start with the new plan which will be in your hands by this Thursday or Friday. We will take this week to outline the new plan that will take into account the learning from the surveys from you, the students and staff. I can say that means a definite focus on reducing stress for all.

I believe this Twitter post says it all about just how amazing our staff has been, and it puts in perspective the magnitude of what they accomplished basically overnight! This post captures our reality, our resilience and just how amazing the South Brunswick staff truly is!

From Twitter

KenBuck

We wanted to also share with you a few other points of interest:

●  Governor Murphy recently announced the launch of a New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, which is a new, visitor-friendly website available at covid19.nj.gov. The New Jersey COVID-19
Information Hub provides New Jerseyans with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19
and the State's response, including information about services such as food assistance and small
business assistance. Please click here to read the Joint Information Center Media Release.

● It is important for students and adults alike to connect with their friends and classmates online
during this time of social distancing. The following are some options for both students and
adults.

       ○ How to Host a Virtual Zoom Playdate When Kids Are Stuck Indoors

          https://www.twiniversity.com/2020/03/how-to-host-a-virtual-zoom-playdate-when-kids-are-stuck-indoors


        ○ 5 Ways to connect with friends and family while social distancing

           https://www.today.com/health/how-connect-friends-family-while-social-distancing-t176391


● Our Student Services team has created the following link with “Resources and Supports for
Students, Families and Staff” which shares some helpful resources that can help everyone during
this time.https://sites.google.com/sbschools.org/wellnessmentalhealth/home


Have a restful evening South Brunswick and stay safe.

This is Scott Feder signing off on this Remote Learning update!


Scott Feder
Superintendent of Schools




Coronavirus Update Mar 19, 2020

 

Date:       March 19, 2020
To:          The South Brunswick Community
From:      Scott Feder, Superintendent of Schools
Subject:   Children should stay off of School Property

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that children and teens should be discouraged from gathering in public places, which includes playgrounds to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Please note that playgrounds, tennis courts, and fields, can all be places where lots of children (and adults) congregate, making it hard to keep social distance.

Being outdoors is not necessarily discouraged, however, all should avoid large congregations of children and parents. Playground equipment can potentially be contaminated, particularly if used by large numbers of children.

We ask that you speak with your children and share with them that they are to stay off of school property while all buildings are closed and remind them that this includes all playgrounds, tennis courts and fields.

Thank you for your continued support.


Scott Feder
Superintendent of Schools





Coronavirus Update Mar 16, 2020

 

Dear Families,

By now you may already be aware that Governor Murphy has made the decision to close schools for the next two weeks. While that is now in the books, he did not provide an exact end date. As such, I strongly encourage you to prepare for longer than two weeks. While nothing is set in stone, I would plan for us being out of school and vested in remote learning at least until Spring Break. Again, this is not firm, I am just encouraging everyone to plan ahead.

Along with this information, The Governor added other restrictions and guidance in his latest Executive Order https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-104.pdf

Today we held day 3 of remote learning. We are also learning everyday about what works and we are making adjustments regularly and adding some cool ideas for both the students and the families. A survey is coming out this week so we can learn more from all of you.

MORE ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE

  • As always, the public should continue to call the 24/7 COVID-19 hotline: 1-800-222-1222 or 1- 800-962-1253 if using a non-NJ cell phone. However, please note that the public hotline cannot provide information about where or how to get tested, testing results, or provide personal medical advice. This is an important thing to note, as on social media some are still directing individuals to contact the hotline about testing. It remains that any individuals concerned about whether or not they should be tested or fear they may already have COVID-19 should CONTACT THEIR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN FIRST. 

  • As previously mentioned, the Board of Education meeting that was scheduled for this evening will now be held virtually on Thursday, March 19th. You will be receiving more information shortly on how to view.

  • Please know that even though we are working remotely, we are all still here for you. Just leave a voicemail at any of our extensions and we will call you back within a reasonable amount of time. You can also always send us an email.

  • The district has taken the greatest steps it can take to promote social distancing. It is now up to you.

ssig

 




Coronavirus Update Mar 14, 2020

Dear South Brunswick Families,

Without question these have been trying times and some of the most challenging situations many of us have ever faced. With the announcement that we had a potential confirmed case in the school, it certainly caused a different layer of concern as at that time it became real for us all. The reality is that this is real for everyone and there is every sign that all towns will soon have 1 or more cases. It is important to realize that the District took immediate action at the first sign of a potential case. The first time the two residents had heard they may have been exposed was Tuesday evening March 10th. The Board of Education took immediate action and precaution and closed schools beginning Wednesday to mitigate exposure. This has proven to be the right decision.

On Saturday afternoon, the Middlesex County Department of Health notified South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management that two Township residents tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The two residents had worked at a private party in Princeton on February 29th where they became exposed to the virus. One resident attends South Brunswick High School. Both residents are recovering at home where they remain under home-quarantine. At this time, the Middlesex County Health Department is leading the investigation in the case and is the agency responsible for additional notifications. And, as per the County Health Department, names, addresses and personal identifying information of patients cannot be released or shared with the community.

There are currently at least 69 cases in New Jersey. Nearly all of the communities surrounding our Township are reporting positive cases or people being monitored. While the exact numbers of positive test results will change, residents should monitor themselves for any symptoms related to the virus. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

We are currently working with the Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), as well as awaiting further direction from the Governor, to determine if we need to extend the amount of time that we will have schools closed.

We are all reminded to maintain the following health and hygiene behaviors:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time. Soap and water are preferred to hand sanitizer, and are usually more readily available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Updates will be provided as they become available. If the general public has questions regarding the Coronavirus, please contact the New Jersey Department of Health Hotline at 800-222-1222. We have been sharing all along information regarding COVID-19. Please go to this link to read about the symptoms of the coronavirus and click here for information if you are sick.

The way we move forward now, is to know that we are dealing with a true pandemic and we must all take care of ourselves and each other. We are a strong community and one that will withstand the additional challenges that will be upon us in the coming weeks.

sig

Coronavirus Update Mar 13, 2020

Dear South Brunswick Families,

The South Brunswick Schools will continue remote learning and the buildings will be closed from Monday, March 16th - Friday, March 20th. The District closure includes all after-school activities, trips, athletics, PTO and Education Foundation events. This decision was made after thoughtful consultation with our partner state agencies and further information regarding the Governor’s plans shared today at his 2:00 pm press conference, where he shared that school closures are just days away.

While our initial decision to close was based on an individual case (which we still have no new information -when new information is available, I will be sending a separate communication) looking ahead, this decision is being done as a preventative measure to enforce social distancing. The Governor, after shutting down any events or gatherings that would have more than 250 people has also made it clear that this move is important and in his thinking only days away from becoming a necessary reality. He wrote this on the importance of social distancing,

”These measures are being taken as part of our coordinated response to the continued outbreak and to aggressively mitigate the spread of the virus. Our frontline efforts right now must be to aggressively mitigate the potential for exposure and further spread. We are taking this step because social distancing works. It is our best chance to ‘flatten the curve’ and mitigate the chance of rapid spread, so we can respond to this public health emergency in an even more focused manner.” 

On behalf of the entire district we cannot thank you enough for your patience and understanding during these challenging times. Right now things are moving and shaking at rapid speeds. What seems right in one breath, is clearly wrong in the next. Information is evolving, confusing and coming at exponential rates. 

While we have completed our second day of remote learning today, even though we are thrilled with the student engagement and the extensive positive feedback, we know an elongated version will be taxing on families. It is our goal to continue making this model seamless and productive for your children. Further, since this is now a more extensive timeframe, we have spent additional time building out more inclusive opportunities to address the needs of targeted groups.  

Should we continue with remote learning past next week, we will be prepared to support your children and be the consistent and dedicated “Rock” you have grown to expect from the South Brunswick School District. In just 3 days, our staff launched a powerful remote learning model, proving that we have the ability and passion to do what is needed for our students, families, and community. 

The SBSD will plow forward and continue to build out a model of remote learning in the event that this is the best way to keep our community safe for the next few weeks. Know that we understand the hardship and our schools will be manned and available to provide answers and support. These remain unprecedented times, and preparation for what is possible is all of our responsibility. I am so proud of our kids, families and our staff for an amazing couple of days.

sigs



Coronavirus Update #2 Mar 11, 2020


Dear South Brunswick Families,

Today has been a different kind of day for sure in South Brunswick. No school for a “snow day” but no snow to be found. What I can share is that this has been a very eventful day in the district. I recently shared with you that we were closing due to information we had on an exposure to COVID-19. I would like to expand on this, which will help you better understand today’s decision and the decision that we are implementing for the next two days; REMOTE LEARNING!

Late last night we learned of the potential exposure of two of our residents. The situation continues to evolve as two members of the South Brunswick community are currently being evaluated for COVID-19. The two people include a SBHS student and an adult in the community. Both of these residents are under self-quarantine and being monitored closely by the health department. To add context, a few weeks ago, these individuals were at an event in Princeton that was associated with 5 other presumptive positive cases. Obviously, this gave us pause and remains an important element to our decision making. While the SB residents have not been cleared or found to be positive, precautions remain a priority. Remote learning allows us to maintain continuity, provides for instruction and will be a model of what is possible in today’s technological age, while keeping our community operating safely.  

For the next two days we will implement our remote learning plans! Our expectation for student participation is  4 hours of learning each day. Families will receive an email from your principal regarding specifics to your learning materials and expectations.  We understand that all students may access and complete their remote learning at different times of the day. We will communicate the availability of all staff for student learning support shortly.  Here are a few details to get you started:

  • Please know that for middle and high school, learning will be directly through Google Classroom and teachers will provide instruction and assignments.  For middle and high school students, we have a limited number of Chromebooks available, as per need determined in advance through collaboration with building administrators. Distribution will be one per household for identified families.  Below is the schedule for Chromebook pick up from the student’s school. The parent/guardian must sign an agreement form in order to receive a Chromebook. If you have any concerns, please reach out directly to the school administration.  

For Middle and High School Identified Families Only 
Chromebook Pick up Schedule

Time

Location (Student’s School)

8-10AM

HS Reception Area

8-10AM

XN Main Office

8-10AM

XS Reception Area

  • For Elementary students, a Google site will be accessible with lessons and activities for students to complete. A separate letter guiding you to the specific link for remote learning will be sent to you via School Messenger by your building principal. If elementary students do not have a device, a paper copy of all the lessons will be available for pick up at your child’s school beginning tomorrow morning.   
  • Student attendance will be recorded each day during the remote learning period. If your child is ill and unable to participate, please use your regular procedures for reporting an absence. We prefer you use the Genesis Parent Portal to report an absence. You may also call your child’s school and leave a message with details about your child’s absence. 

Please know that we will be evaluating this model as well as the COVID-19 progression and will make a decision about next steps for the following week.

This is Scott Feder signing off on this important health and safety update.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUT OF DISTRICT STUDENT BUSING WILL REMAIN FULLY INTACT AND AVAILABLE AS LONG AS YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS




Coronavirus Update Mar 11, 2020


School Closing COVID-19

Dear South Brunswick Families,

As we all know, the concerns over COVID-19 continue to grow around the world and of course right here in South Brunswick. Late last night, we received information that suggests there may be an exposure in South Brunswick. While we await further information on this evolving situation, we will be closing the schools to ensure we are being as safe as we can be for our community. We are working hand in hand with the police and health department to get the best information available and they just need more time, therefore the closure gives us this in a safe way.

At this time, this day WILL NOT COUNT so we will not be employing remote learning. Rather, this day will be akin to a traditional snow day where the schools are closed and we will need to make up the day. This means the plans we worked on on Monday WILL NOT be going into effect today. As I had previously shared, the reason behind this is that for a day to be counted, the health department needs to make the recommendation to close the schools. As the information is still preliminary, the health department has not made such a determination. Instead, we will be closing the schools as a precaution until we learn more and get final word from our health department. This is definitely one of those occasions where being more safe than sorry is a necessity. We will use this time wisely in sanitizing and disinfecting our schools.

As soon as we learn more information or receive confirmations one way or the other we will be back in touch. As an added precaution, we are requesting that you follow these protocols:

  • Refrain from student gatherings
  • Remain vigilant in hand hygiene
  • While this is not a quarantine, better to err on the side of caution and remain home. A great time to catch up on a binge TV show.
  • Go to these sites for information and best practice and recommendations from the experts: 

o   NJ Department of Health Coronavirus Fact Sheet

o   NJ Department of Health Coronavirus Webpage

o   CDC Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

o   CDC Coronavirus Guidance for Prevention

o   WHO Coronavirus Information

Thank you,
This is Scott Feder signing off on this VERY important health and safety update





Coronavirus Update Mar 10, 2020


IMPORTANT HEALTH UPDATE AND SCHOOL PLANS

Dear South Brunswick Families,

As I am sure you are aware, the information surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been in constant flux. Last night, the Governor declared a state of emergency and the CDC continues to provide updated guidance to schools, healthcare professionals and the public. Please know that a “State of Emergency” does not equate to school closure. One of the main pieces of guidance from both the CDC and the Department of Education was to prepare for the possibility of a “school dismissal”. This refers to the schools being closed, but maintaining student learning. This was our primary reason behind having an early dismissal yesterday. Please read the following important updates on yesterday, as well as other related topics:

PLANNING FOR REMOTE LEARNING

Yesterday we took a final step in the full build out of the educational learning that will be in place in the event of a “school dismissal”. The day was quite successful. The teacher and administrative teams designed high level plans and learning experiences that will be put into place should remote learning be directed by the Departments of Education & Health. In other words, if we are closed due to a directive by the State, we will institute the plans developed yesterday to ensure quality learning continues and the days of school count towards our statutory 180 days. You will learn more about the specific educational plans from your child’s schools if the need arises, but here are answers to some questions you may have about remote learning:

  • How many hours will my child be expected to learn from home each day?
    • There is little guidance on this from the State, however we have planned for daily instruction to be 4 hours per day which meets the requirements for a counted half day of instruction.
  • Will my child’s teacher communicate with me or my child while they are learning from home?
    • We have developed the plan for two-way communication so that you will have access to school personnel throughout any school closures of this nature. This will include teachers and support staff.
  • Will attendance be taken if my child is learning from home?
    • Attendance will be important and counted. The specifics on the mechanism of this will depend on your child’s level, but all students will be expected to be “present” for learning.
  • How will you address specific programs like special education and ELL?
    • We have developed plans for these programs to continue remotely and teachers will communicate with students and families directly.
  • I have heard that free and reduced meal programs will continue if students are home...how will this be addressed?
    • We are currently working out the specifics of how we will maintain meals for our students who currently receive lunch from the district through the Federal meal program. More to come on this.


CREDIBLE RESOURCES

If you have a question about the school, I strongly encourage you to AVOID social media and instead read our communications. If you still have questions, please email the person best suited to respond and always start with your child’s teacher if appropriate.

  • The information on social media is far more often incorrect, than correct and using that as your primary source of information about school matters could be detrimental, misleading and ultimately could cause confusion that will impact decisions.
  • The school will keep you updated on school matters, but the CDC or NJDOH are places to frequent if you want up to date guidance from credible sources:


SCHOOL CLEANING

Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have and are continuing to amplify our cleaning in the following manner:

  • Rooms, surfaces, and touchpoints are being disinfected every evening. Our night crews know that the first order of business each night is to disinfect all surfaces.
  • Computer wipes have been ordered (coming by end of the week). These will be used daily to clean keyboards. (Note that supplies even for schools are scarce and we are unable to get as much of anything as we would like).
  • Soap dispensers are being checked regularly to ensure that they are both properly functioning and have soap.


GENERAL HEALTH REMINDERS
Helping us help all of our children

  • KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF THEY ARE SHOWING ANY SIGNS OF FEVER, COUGH OR FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS.
  • Keep your child home if they have been in close contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms. Call your doctor immediately for further direction.
  • Communicate to the school if your child or a person living in your home has traveled and returned from outside of the country. Please visit this site to find out if you are traveling or have traveled to a high risk area.
  • Communicate to the school if your child or a person living in your home has traveled and returned from outside of the country. Please visit this site to find out if you are traveling or have traveled to a high risk area.
  • If you are looking for a child friendly resource to educate your child on COVID-19, you might check out this link.


TRIP & EVENTS

As mentioned last week, we are being proactive on all currently scheduled field trips. Each trip will be handled on a case by case basis. Previously mentioned, if a trip were to be canceled, we will give our best effort for reimbursement, however this may not be possible. You will be notified by your child’s school if a trip is going to be canceled or rescheduled. Additionally, we are continuing to monitor all large events and following the guidance from the CDC.

With Spring Break approaching, we are seeking advice from the CDC and the health department for guidelines for families that are traveling to areas of increased risk of transmission of COVID-19. Please stay tuned for more information.

As always, thank you for your patience and support. Better times ahead!

This is Scott Feder signing off on this important health and safety update.




Coronavirus Update Mar 5, 2020

 
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CALENDAR CHANGE

With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news, we want you to know that as always, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is currently no recommendation to close schools in our area. However, we have been asked by the Department of Education to act with a precautionary set of protocols and to develop a plan should it become necessary for school closure where the day would still count as a school day for students. This is called “school dismissal” meaning that school is closed, but students would still maintain learning in one form or another.

It is important to be prepared and doing so does not correlate to increased concern, but not being prepared is simply irresponsible and we will always err on the side of caution over irresponsibility. Plus, we hope that having plans like this in place will one day be considered an alternative to snow days. In order to prepare for this, we will have an early release day on Monday, March 9th so that we can develop strong and meaningful plans for your children in the event of “school dismissal”. If this should become necessary, you will learn more specifics from your school and teachers. We are also planning to use this time for additional disinfecting of all of our buildings and school buses. The after school program will operate as it normally does on an early release day on Monday.

As always, the students and staff of South Brunswick are our number one priority and we want to do what is right for our students and be prepared should a “school dismissal” become necessary. As always, we will send important updates as necessary and no less than weekly, but please remember to go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for any questions that you have concerning the Coronavirus and also check our website for updated information.

Thank you and again, as a best practice for overall health and influenza season please review the recommendations by the CDC to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including the COVID-19. Please click here to review.

In closing, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. Remember, being prepared does not correlate to increased concern, but not being prepared is simply irresponsible and we will always err on the side of caution over irresponsibility. Stay healthy South Brunswick!

Additional resources: Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

 


Coronavirus Update Mar 3, 2020

Letter from Superintendent Scott Feder


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am reaching

out to provide you with an update regarding the Coronavirus and the district’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff in our buildings. The Novel Coronavirus is a virus that can infect the respiratory tract and spread similarly to cold viruses. Information to date suggests that COVID-19 causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. At this time, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that there have been no cases reported in New Jersey. The CDC states that more cases of COVID-19 “are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States.” This letter is not to cause panic, but to share with you that we are updating our plans which includes the preparation for remote learning should it become necessary or directed by the State of New Jersey.

The South Brunswick School District is working closely with county and local agencies to monitor the situation and are in the process of developing a coordinated and comprehensive public health plan to be prepared if cases arise in our community. Earlier this week, we met with the South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to discuss actions that will be taken, if need be. Updated information will be shared as it becomes available and please remember to go to our website and click on the Coronavirus Link where updated information is posted from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention as it becomes available.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “While the immediate risk to this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat”. As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends the following to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including the COVID-19.

   ●  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
   ●  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
   ●  Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
   ●  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.
   ●  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
   ●  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Here is what we have our custodial staff doing to help avoid the spread of germs:

   ●  All schools are provided with an EPA registered Disinfectant to effectively treat all touch points in all areas of the building.
   ●  All schools are provided with a hydrogen peroxide-based all surface cleaner to effectively clean light to heavily soiled and greasy surfaces.
   ●  Evening custodial staff at each building clean touch points throughout the building and then apply disinfectant to eliminate cross-contamination from treated surfaces.
   ●  Custodial staff maintains an open line of communication with the school nurse to identify areas of the building that require enhanced cleaning based on the number of staff  and students that have reported illness.
   ●  All HVAC units district-wide that require air filters are routinely changed and serviced per an established Preventative Maintenance Schedule.
   ●  Hand Soap is checked and stocked for staff and students’ use each day and readily available at each sink throughout the district.
   ●  Hand sanitizer is checked and stocked in designated areas throughout the district where there is not as sink readily available.
   ●  GPS Air Cleaners have been installed in HVAC equipment throughout the school district that are self-cleaning, bi-polar ionization systems. This system cleans the outside air before moving through the air filter.
   ●  Restrooms are cleaned and disinfected each day using state of the art no-touch cleaning equipment
   ●  Microfiber cleaning cloths are color-coded and used for custodial cleaning to eliminate cross-contamination and produce effective cleaning results.
   ●  All busses in transportation are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis utilizing the same effective cleaning chemicals used in our schools.

For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQ on Coronavirus website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Please know that we are constantly in contact with the Health Department, Department of Education, Police Department and CDC checking daily for any updates. As soon as we receive any actionable direction, you can rest assured we will get it out to our South Brunswick Community.



Coronavirus Update Jan 24, 2020


Information on the Coronavirus

Due to the rising concern over the new coronavirus outbreak that is currently centered in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, we wanted to share with you information that was received from the NJ Department of Health.

At this time, the NJ Department of Health has advised that there are no restrictions on any person without symptoms, including individuals who have recently returned from China and their contacts. If a person is asymptomatic, he/she may go to work and school.

If someone who recently traveled to Wuhan, China or has been in close contact with others who recently traveled to Wuhan, China, has symptoms, he/she should call a healthcare provider and inform them of the close contact with the coronavirus before going into a healthcare provider's office.

Below are several links for reference.

NJ Department of Health Coronavirus Information for K-12 Schools
NJ Department of Health Coronavirus Fact Sheet
NJ Department of Health Cornona Virus Webpage
CDC Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions
CDC Coronavirus Guidance for Prevention
WHO Coronavirus Information

The best way to prevent infection for the flu including the coronavirus include:

   •  Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
   •  Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth
   •  Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
   •  Staying home when sick and avoiding close contact with others
   •  Covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and throwing away tissues
   •  Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces




South Brunswick Community Resources during Coronavirus