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FEBRUARY   2020 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT


Dear Parents and Community Partners,

Law BookLast month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed two bills into law that will enhance student-athlete safety in the state’s public schools. The first (S2443) requires each school district that is a member of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) to adopt the association’s “Heat Participation Policy” for conducting practices and competitions in all sports during times of high heat or humidity. Under the bill, the association’s policy must address the scheduling of practices and competitions during times of various heat and humidity levels, the ratio of time devoted to workouts to time allotted for rest and hydration during various heat and humidity levels, and the heat and humidity levels at which practice will be canceled. The second, (S2494) requires any school district that includes students in grades six through 12 to establish and implement an emergency action plan for responding to a serious or potentially life-threatening sports-related injury. The plan will document the proper procedures to be followed when a student sustains a serious injury while participating in sports or other athletic activity.

CDCAs many of you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.  The New Jersey Department of Health has provided information on this issue, which may be accessed via the following link:  https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml  Please know we will be closely monitoring this serious health issue, as well as outbreaks of the flu, in our schools.  Our custodial team has increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts and principals are monitoring student and staff absences and causes on a daily basis. We encourage you to review the  information provided, as well as the FAQ sheet provided by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), which may be accessed via this link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Hall of FameNominations for the district’s Education Hall of Fame are to be submitted this month.  This recognition program is open to all former Midland Park employees who have been retired at least three full years prior to their nominations; made significant contributions to the improvement of the Midland Park school system in their own special ways over at least a five-year period of employment; and have been nominated in a prescribed manner by at least two individuals, excluding the prior employee himself/herself.  Honorees will be announced in March and we look forward to celebrating each for their years of service and achievement to the students of Midland Park.



Best regards for a healthy and happy February!

Dr. Marie Cirasella

Dr. Marie Cirasella


 

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