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District Health Report and FAQs, Part 14

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Good Afternoon Secaucus Families,

 

I hope everyone is doing well. Thankfully, our district COVID-19 cases have remained relatively low this week. 

The number of positive cases in our district is as follows:


  • High School:  1 student
  • Middle School:  0
  • Huber Street School: 3 students  
  • Clarendon School: 1 staff member
  • Millridge School: 0

 

These 5 cases bring our district's total to 384 positive COVID-19 cases for the school year. As always, we will continue to notify anyone who has been “exposed” to these positive cases and quarantine according to our contact tracing plan. We will also continue to ensure that our buildings are sanitized and disinfected properly, and we encourage all of our students to practice proper handwashing to minimize the spread of all contagious diseases.

 

The Parent Communication Form is still open and can be accessed here: https://forms.gle/wFy9mQYpd1HdzRuk7. There is also an easy-to-use button on the www.sboe.org home page that you can click. We look forward to your questions! The latest FAQ can be found below.

 

Thank you and enjoy the weekend!

 

Dr. Daniela Riser

Acting Superintendent

 

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Frequently Asked Questions, Part 14

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Our Parent Communication Form is still open! If there are any questions you would like to ask the district administration, please visit this link to ask: https://forms.gle/Xcx1QzgPN52JFH6DA

Q: Will schools have field trips for the rest of the school year?

 

A: Due to the lifting of many COVID restrictions, we have brought back the option for field trips in our schools. We have a number of field trips that will be approved on the April board meeting agenda and we will welcome the opportunity to approve more in the future if approved by the building and district administration. 

 

Q: Why are teachers expected to be printing and buying lamination to do at home? These resources have not been stable in the schools. We have not had laminate since Oct/Nov and toner is constantly out between all schools..

 

A:  Over the past few months, nationwide supply shortages on office items have impacted our schools. We have attempted to acquire these supplies from other sources but were unsuccessful. Thankfully, we were able to replenish our toner at the end of last week, since that particular shortage has ended. Shipping delays have also impacted the timeliness of our deliveries in school, prolonging the wait for these items. We would never deny our faculty/staff the ability to make copies or laminate items for their classrooms intentionally. 

 

Q: My child is turning 5 on October 18th. Why isn’t he eligible for Kindergarten. He is very smart!

 

A:  Approximately 5 years ago, the Secaucus School District moved the Kindergarten cut-off to October 1st, as strongly recommended by the NJ Department of Education. As per their website, “According to the law in New Jersey, a student must be 5 years old by October 1 in order to have a statutory right to enrollment where a kindergarten program is offered by a public school.” (NJDOE, 2018). Aside from academic ability, students that are younger may not always be socially mature enough for the requirements of Kindergarten and may experience other issues with early enrollment. More information on this can be found in our Board Policy 5112.

 

Q: I am very interested in a state-funded option for full-day Pre-K. Why hasn’t the district looked into this?

 

A:  District administrators have looked into options for the full-day Pre-K funding that is offered by the state in the past. At that time, space restrictions prevented us from expanding our Pre-K programs, being that Millridge School is completely occupied and can not provide the required space to run these programs. We promise to continue to look into the possibility of acquiring this funding, which may include leasing out space from other schools or private daycares in order to make this program work. We have already discussed this possibility with districts that have implemented these programs across the state and have gained much insight into the application process. However, the many restrictions of this funding (15 student maximum per class, 750 sq.ft. minimum classroom space with attached prep room, instructors with proper credentials, transporting students with bus driver shortages, etc.) may prevent us from being eligible to apply for it. 

 

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