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Superintendent's July 28 Letter - An Update from Our School District

A Letter from Our Superintendent

 

July 28, 2020

 

Dear Glassboro School District Families,

 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the preliminary Reopening Plan at the board meeting last week. We have a Special Board of Education Meeting planned for Wednesday, July 29, 7 p.m. At this meeting, the Board of Education is expected to take action on a Reopening Plan and modifications to the school calendar. As proposed, the calendar modifications would move two Teacher In-Service Days to September 2 and 3 and push back the students’ first day of school to September 8. This calendar adjustment allows us to deliver important and necessary training to our professional staff. This training will prepare teachers to effectively and equitably instruct students in both face-to-face and virtual settings. The modifications should not affect the last day of school, which is scheduled for June 16.

 

This meeting will again be in a hybrid format, allowing people to attend virtually or in person. Please see the “Welcome GPSD Families” section of our website, www.gpsd.us, for a (free) link to register ahead of time if you plan to attend virtually.  To ensure social distancing, in-person attendance will be limited to 75 people. Please wear a mask. As a precaution, do not attend the meeting in-person if you have any of the following symptoms: temperature reading of 100.4 degrees or higher (fever definition per CDC), cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat or chills. (If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you are encouraged to contact your health care provider for medical advice on how to proceed.)

 

This is a difficult time for parents and schools. As we plan for reopening, I’d like to take a moment to share links to additional health information on COVID-19 and schools to aid in the decision-making process.  

 

CDC School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians  

 

NJ Department of Health/CDS – Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation

 

NJ Department of Health/CDS – NJ Residents with a Positive COVID-9 Test: Instructions & Next Steps

 

NJ Department of Health/CDS – NJ Residents who Tested Negative for COVID-19: Instructions & Next Steps

 

NJ Department of Health/CDS: Timeframe for Self Isolation/Quarantine Based on Testing Result

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mark J. Silverstein

Superintendent