Dear Cranford Parents/Guardians:
I hope this correspondence finds you and your family well. These are indeed challenging times and I appreciate your partnership. As you know, this is an evolving situation. At the present time, the District continues to move forward with its current course of action, which is to provide hybrid/in-person instruction for those families who made that selection, while continuing to provide a 100% remote option as the alternative. On August 13, Governor Murphy, through Executive Order 175, provided a pathway for districts to go entirely remote, but only if they cannot comply with the State guidelines. Our District's reopening plan (overview can be viewed here: TV35 plan presentation) has been submitted and approved by the State. Therefore, although we must always be ready to pivot to full remote instruction, we continue to move forward with providing in-person learning experiences.
School will start on September 8. Please note the first four days of school (September 8-11) will be virtual for all students; in-person sessions begin on September 14. This gradual start to the school year is intended to assist us in focusing on the social-emotional needs of students and teachers. It will allow students to meet and interact virtually with their teachers and other students while still being able to see each others’ faces before the first in-person day when everyone is wearing a mask. It will also provide an opportunity to engage in orientation style activities, giving everyone a chance to ease into a new normal. Teachers will also take part in professional development activities during this first week so that they can be best prepared to welcome your children.
Since the District plan was released, the State has provided additional guidance and resources which can be accessed here: FAQ / State Guidelines: Restart and Recovery / NJ Parentlink COVID-19 Guidance & Information Webpage:
Please note that on August 14, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Health released COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools. This document as well as additional guidance from the NJDOE Restart & Recovery Plan: The Road Back, in partnership with the Township Health Officer, informed the protocols below.
Additionally, the State issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14-days after leaving that state. This advisory pertains to all residents, including students. The first day of in-person instruction starts on Monday, September 14. Therefore, if you visit a state that is on the advisory list and have to quarantine for 14 days, the last day to travel to start school on time is August 30.
As you know, we recently administered a technology needs survey to ensure that all students have access to the internet at home as well as a connected device. We will soon be reaching out to those families who need assistance in these areas and make the appropriate accommodations. It is also our desire to eliminate the need for students to have to share devices while they are in school. After reviewing the results of the survey, I am happy to report that through a combination of district devices and personal devices we are able to create a 1:1 student to device scenario. More information on this topic will be shared with families soon.
Please be reminded that we have a shared responsibility to one another and our entire community to follow all school protocols and State requirements. Most importantly, individuals need to wear face coverings (with limited State-mandated exceptions), socially distance, and frequently wash/sanitize one’s hands. Additionally, you must keep your child home if they are sick or exposed to COVID-19. You will have to attest daily that your child is free of COVID-19 symptoms. Failure to adhere to these and all other requirements will result in your child not being able to participate in in-person instruction. Everyone must do their part to ensure the safety of their child as well as everybody else in our school community. More information about the electronic platform that will be used to affirm the daily attestation, including a more detailed schedule of the first week, will come from your child’s principal. It is important to remember that our partnership with and our commitment to one another will help us get through these times safely.
The PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) is a wonderful organization and a crucial part of our school community. They plan special events, provide cultural arts experiences, offer an organized venue for parents to have direct feedback into the academic and social programs we offer and provide endless support. We, as a school community, would be at a great disadvantage without this organization and the resources it provides. Please be sure to join this terrific organization. We all benefit from your support and involvement!
Attached please find a packet with the following information: Visitor entry protocol letter (all visitors must wear a face covering); 2020-2021 school district calendar; HIB specialist information and a copy of the district HIB Policy #5512; Internet Safety and Technology Policy #6142.10; emergency/crisis protocol letter.
Soon, you will also receive information from your child’s principal which will be specific to your particular school. Should you find there is any additional information that you need, please check the school district website www.cranfordschools.org or contact your child’s principal directly.
Thank you for your continued support of Cranford Public Schools and for all you have done and are doing to help keep our school community safe and well. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you and your children as we navigate through the new academic year.
As always, please contact my office if you have any comments, questions and /or concerns. I look forward to a safe, productive, and rewarding school year!
Dr. Scott Rubin
Superintendent of Schools