District News & Announcements
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December 1, 2021
Dear Elementary School Families,
Over the next few days, you will be meeting with your child’s teacher for family/teacher conferences. We hope that you take this opportunity to understand how your child is performing academically, and coping socially and emotionally at this point in the school year.
During this meeting, your child’s teacher will review your child’s report card. Parents/guardians can access, view, and print the reports by logging into their PowerSchool account via the parent portal here: https://powerschool.somsd.k12.nj.us/public/
If you have any problems accessing your Parent Portal account questions please feel free to email us at: email@example.com.
We hope you find your time with your child’s teacher to be useful and informative. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have not yet scheduled a parent/teacher conference.
South Orange & Maplewood School District
Summary: On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. It is an unprecedented $1.9 trillion package of assistance measures, including $122 billion for the ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. Funds are provided to State educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Nation’s students. The District submitted its plan on December 1, 2021. More information for NJ can be found here: https://www.nj.gov/education/esser/arp/
American Rescue Grant ESSER Plan for Use of Funds
- The extent to which and how the funds will be used to implement prevention and mitigation strategies that are, to the greatest extent practicable, consistent with the most recent CDC guidance on reopening schools, in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning;
- The District will continue to follow the CDC’s guidance to the fullest. Our protocols and procedures directly correlate with the CDC’s guidelines and are reflected in our Safe Return handbook for the public to see.
- How the LEA will use the funds it reserves under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act to address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year;
- All of our academic supports, including summer and after-school programs, will be directly connected to the data that we collect; Start Strong, and District assessments.
- How the LEA will spend its remaining ARP ESSER funds consistent with section 2001(e)(2) of the ARP Act;
- The remainder of the grant funds will be spent on professional development, replacement supplies, increase tech infrastructure, social-emotional supports, and support staff.
- How the LEA will ensure that the interventions it implements, including but not limited to the interventions implemented under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act to address the academic impact of lost instructional time, will respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID19 pandemic, including students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and migratory students. Under this requirement, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with stakeholders and give the public an opportunity to provide input in the development of its plan. Specifically, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with students; families; school and district administrators (including special education administrators); and teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators, school staff, and their unions. ([count] of 2000 maximum characters used)
- The District will continue to review assessment and survey data at the District level and then will break down the information to a more granular level by looking at demographics. We will continue to reach out to stakeholders for information and meet with our task force team to plan.
- Additionally, an LEA must engage in meaningful consultation with each of the following, to the extent present in or served by the LEA: Tribes; civil rights organizations (including disability rights organizations); and stakeholders representing the interests of children with disabilities, English learners, children experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, migratory students, children who are incarcerated, and other underserved students.
- We will continue to reach out to these subgroups through, meetings, emails, and surveys.
Link to: Thanksgiving Break Travel Survey
(ONLY FAMILIES WHO PLAN TO TRAVEL DOMESTICALLY (OUTSIDE OF PA, NJ, NY, CT, DE) OR INTERNATIONALLY w/ UNVACCINATED CHILDREN SHOULD FILL OUT THIS FORM)
November 16, 2021
Dear SOMSD Community,
As you are aware, the Thanksgiving Break is November 25 & 26, 2021. District schools and Central Office will be closed. Schools and District offices will reopen on Monday, November 29, 2021.
The District will collect information from parents/guardians of unvaccinated students who plan on traveling either domestically (outside of PA, NJ, NY, CT, DE) or outside of the United States during the Thanksgiving break. To keep our students, staff and community safe, unvaccinated students will need to quarantine before returning to school.
Note the following:
- UNVACCINATED students will be asked to quarantine for a full seven to ten days depending on testing.
- Quarantine may be seven full days if students test negative on days 3, 4, or 5 after returning from travel. If you choose not to test, quarantine is ten full days.
- This guidance is per our local SOMA Departments of Health as informed by NJDOH and CDC.
- If your child is fully vaccinated, they do NOT need to quarantine (unless they have symptoms).
- If you recently opted to have your child vaccinated in accordance with the new CDC endorsement and recommendation for children 5 to 11 years old against COVID-19 with the Pfizer pediatric vaccine, please note that your child will NOT be considered fully vaccinated until TWO WEEKS AFTER they receive their second dose of the vaccine (which is after we return from Thanksgiving Break).
Everyone’s continued compliance is necessary to keep the members of our school community healthy and safe.
Please refer to the communication sent to parents on Friday, October 22 for a full description of the requirements which are still applicable. [https://bit.ly/3pqq8rk]
During a student’s quarantine period, they will receive virtual instruction. Please note that we strive to minimize the disruption to student learning during the quarantine period by having systems in place for students to receive virtual instructional support that is commensurate with their normal school day. Again, it is imperative that families of UNVACCINATED students who plan to travel during the Thanksgiving break, outside of the PA, NJ, NY, CT, and DE areas fill out the Thanksgiving Break Travel Survey by Monday, November 22.
Thanksgiving Break Travel Survey: https://forms.gle/FtgUW8h2hk8ihRAr5
South Orange & Maplewood School District