Superintendent's Message


OCTOBER 2020 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT




Dear School Families & Community Partners,

School Re-opening Plans—Next Steps

As we seek to meet the challenges of providing education in a COVID-19 pandemic environment, we are continuing the process of planning for a second phase of school re-opening.  Crafting such plans is an arduous, task-laden endeavor involving district administration, teachers, staff, and parent input.  While there is no identified timeframe for the onset of Phase II, it is important that we do not cease discussions, thereby ensuring effective planning with the best interests of students at the forefront of our efforts.  Please be assured we will keep the community apprised of developments in this regard, understanding the health guidance, NJDOE direction, and governmental mandates remain fluid and evolving.

The Week of Respect, October 5-9; School Violence Awareness Week, October 19-23, 2020

The first week of October is designated by the state of New Jersey as The Week of Respect, a time when we focus on creating and sustaining school environments that are welcoming and supportive to all.  In Midland Park, each school will continue to recognize this annual event in grade-appropriate ways.  The district also provides a Week of Respect Newsletter to our community, which includes a message from the Superintendent with regard to the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights legislation for New Jersey Public Schools, a message from Mr. Craig Rush, the District's Anti-Bullying Coordinator, and messages from the Godwin, Highland, and MPHS school administrations. Please be sure to access this important newsletter by clicking on the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying  link on the district website’s homepage.  School Violence Awareness Week follows later in the month.  The state’s website speaks to the importance of the district’s role in this regard, “While the New Jersey Legislature has set aside both weeks to highlight these very important issues, it is a school district’s clear, consistent message throughout the school year about positive school climate and student behavioral expectations that will help reduce violence and create safe and supportive learning environments for all students and staff.”

While school life is markedly changed from prior years, we are happy that students still have opportunities to participate   extra-curricular activities. We hope for the happy day when traditional school schedules return and all restrictions on student activities are lifted.

Wishing you and your families a safe and happy October!

Sincerely

Dr. Marie Cirasella

Marie C. Cirasella, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


 

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