March 19, 2021
Dear Springfield Public Schools Community:
Happy Friday! This week we expanded our in-person learning to four days, and we are thankful for the amazing leaders, staff members, students, and families that helped to make it a success! In addition to celebrating this wonderful progress, I’m writing this letter to provide an update to our community.
As I noted at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 15, 2021, we have continued to wait for the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) travel guidance to be updated to match the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control regarding travel. Unfortunately, the State has not updated that guidance, and individuals who travel outside of the approved states (CT, DE, NY, PA) are asked to quarantine for ten (10) days upon their return. Due to this continued NJDOH requirement, Springfield Public Schools will be virtual the week of April 5th through 9th. Please know that we will continue to monitor the guidance provided by Governor Murphy and the NJDOH, and if those requirements shift, we will review our ability to offer in-person instruction during that week. In addition, based on consultation with our local health officials, we will shift our district timeline from a fourteen (14) day quarantine period to a ten (10) day quarantine period. You will receive additional information regarding this change in the next week.
I also wanted to share my personal sadness about the terrible events that occurred in Atlanta this week, and how it has highlighted the increased discrimination faced by the Asian-American community. As our presentation on Monday highlighted, we are incredibly proud of the beautiful and diverse community that makes up Springfield, and we stand in support of our Asian-American staff, students, and families.
Finally, this week we recognized a milestone. It has been a full year since the declaration of the pandemic, and I wanted to acknowledge the incredible losses we have all faced during this time, while also celebrating the hope that lies ahead. As an educator, I am always in awe of the learning, but never more so than now. While there remain “miles to go” before we leave the context of COVID-19, we are looking to the future with hope for continued progress, and joy in recognizing how far we have come.
Best Wishes for a Restful Weekend,
Springfield Public Schools
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