EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

Central Office Communications: Week of August 2, 2020

OUR CURRENT REALITY

Hello EHT School Community,


We are one month away from the start of a new school year; one that will start like no other and is still filled with many unknowns. With the help of our Egg Harbor Township School Community stakeholders, a reopening plan will be submitted to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) this week. The Road Back to School (RBS) plan is a NJDOE mandated initiative where schools must submit their plans to the NJDOE this week. The plan must include a framework for in-person/hybrid learning and all virtual learning. We have created a plan for Egg Harbor Township School District that meets the criteria set forth by the NJDOE. Please remember the plan is the plan as of this moment and subject to change at any time based upon new laws and regulations, Executive Orders or Guidance from the NJDOE.


Please be sure to check out our social media platforms and website for information on our plan. As part of the plan, surveys will soon be made available to gather feedback from Parents and Guardians as to who will be participating in all virtual learning and who will opt out of transportation for the first marking period. This information will assist our administration with scheduling classes, bus routes, food services, and other logistical needs.


This Question and Answer document (linked) was created for our EHT School Community to assist with any common Questions you may have regarding the reopening of schools. This document is inclusive of sub-committee, district committee, and board meeting questions. I hope that you find it helpful, any further questions can be sent to our district email at ehtsd@eht.k12.nj.us. We will monitor and respond as appropriate whether individually or by updating our Q&A document.


Please keep in mind that directives and guidance from the Governor, Atlantic County Executive Superintendent, and/or Health Department may change at any time, therefore adjustments will take place.


Please know that we are still working on the operational pieces to our plan and the designed framework in our RBS plan which will assist us with further planning and needed changes to regulations and policy. We are aware that we can’t please everyone, but our RBS plan is based on input from school administrators, school nurses, guidance counselors, facilities staff, transportation staff, food service staff, teachers, child study team members, para professionals, board members, students, over 800 community members, our school physician, the Atlantic County Department of Health and the Atlantic County Executive Superintendent. Our priority is to reopen schools with the health, safety, and welfare of our staff and students at the forefront of this all.


We are #EHTStrong! We are #EHTReady!


Dr. Gruccio

THE ROAD BACK COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The Board of Education Special Meeting and "Road Back to School" presentation from Tuesday, July 28th is now available on YouTube and Channel 97. Access the link here: https://youtu.be/oklUTLWL8O0


On Monday, August 3rd beginning at 7:00pm, the Board of Education will hold a virtual "Special Meeting" focused on the Road Back." (see the Board of Education Meeting section below)

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SUMMER HOURS

EHT Schools are following a Summer Hours schedule. Building and office hours will be Monday through Wednesday, 7AM - 5PM and Thursdays from 7AM - 4PM. During this time, all offices will be closed on Fridays.


NOTE: Many employees are working remotely at this time. Virtual office hours, as listed above, remain the same.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

EHTHS GRADUATION INFORMATION AND DOWNLOAD

The Egg Harbor Township High School hosted two (2) different graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 which took place on Wednesday, July 8th at the Egg Harbor Township High School.


CLASS OF 2020 LIVE GRADUATION CEREMONY

This video includes both group and individual ceremonies from July 8, 2020

720p download (1 GB)

You can also access the full graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2020 on ehttv.com

The Press of Atlantic City's photo gallery of the EHTHS graduation ceremony can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/32bb31e

EHT’s AVIATION SUMMER PROGRAM GOES VIRTUAL

Take a look at @EHTNJSchools virtual Aviation Summer Program! https://pressofatlanticcity.com/education/egg-harbor-township-schools-aviation-camp-goes-virtual/article_b84c9788-72d5-5436-8a58-a788426c4b77.html


Week 1 of our virtual Aviation Wednesday summer program for middle school students found them receiving an overview of the aviation field, pilot instruments, and related careers by Kurt from the NJ Aviation Council.


Week 2 of our Aviation Wednesday Series found students virtually connecting with FAA AvSTEM program representatives; Lyndsay Digneo who spoke about AC airport history, Christina Young and Jonathon Torres who taught the students about modeling and simulation and smart technologies to expand airport quality and runway security.


Week 3 of our virtual Aviation Wednesday Summer Series featured a virtual glider ride with Lt. Col Michael Castania and designing and altering paper airplanes to understand how planes fly.


Week 4 - This past week: Captain Mann and Mr. Mosely for provided the summer aviation students a virtual tour and history of the 177th Fighter Wing. This was a great way to end this summer's program.

FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE!

Reserve your Kindergarten spot for the 2020-2021 school year. @EHTNJSchools will be holding a registration open house on Wednesday, August 5th at the Davenport Elementary School from 4:00-7:00 pm. Visit http://mvnt.us/m1134109 for more details and please help us spread the word to family, friends and EHT school community neighbors! Thank You!
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FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN: STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!

Egg Harbor Township School District is gearing up for the #ehtclassof2033!


Register now for September 2020.

  • Click here to complete your registration: http://mvnt.us/m1116199.
  • Students must be 5 years old by 10/01/2020.
  • If you have already registered earlier this school year, you do not need to register again.

NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR BOTH 3 & 4 YEAR OLDS IN THE HALF DAY PRE-SCHOOL INTEGRATED PROGRAM!

Application for Half Day Pre-School Integrated Program for BOTH 3 & 4 Year Old Students for the 2020-2021 School Year.


Please only complete the following application/interest form (linked) if your child will be 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2020.


NOTE: There is a $200 a month fee required to participate in the program which is to be paid in advance for each month. A $200 non-refundable deposit will be required and will be applied ONLY to the June 2021 tuition.


SEATS IN THE PROGRAM WILL BE FILLED ON A “FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE” BASIS.


ONCE THE SEATS ARE FILLED, STUDENTS WILL BE PLACED ON A WAIT LIST.

ASPIRE 2020-2021

Be sure to Like and Follow our page on Facebook, @EHTNJASPIRE, to stay up to date on ASPIRE registration information for next school year!

ASPIRE: VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP

The ASPIRE VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP is in full swing! Check out the recent article in the Press of Atlantic City highlighting the work that is being accomplished:

https://pressofatlanticcity.com/currents_gazettes/egg_harbor_township/virtual-summer-camp-boosts-knowledge-and-builds-character-in-eht/article_0f6a2196-52b2-521c-8a3d-0a5e0e67e4fa.html


Also, below is a sampling of pictures as students participated in virtual field trips, conducted Science experiments and participated in family fun and engagement! Keep up the great work and virtual engagement!

CLIMATE & CULTURE

We have worked for the culture of our schools to include school improvement efforts to increase student achievement for ALL students. Through professional development opportunities, time and resources we are building an effective learning culture where students are provided a safe learning environment, where teachers collaborate in professional learning communities to review student progress, providing ALL students the opportunity to learn at high levels, and having individualized interventions through the RTI process to assist ALL students with learning. We know that in order to successfully educate each student, we must be cognizant of each student’s individual learning needs. This can only be accomplished if we work together to eliminate any predictability of achievement disparities by race, ethnicity, gender, language, disability, and/or economics.

#EMBRACE

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INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT

Do you need an EHT Parent Portal account? Do you have access to log-in? Check out this short video to learn how to request an account. https://youtu.be/bL1Qqs8sNm4

Create a Parent Portal Account

SCHOOL MESSENGER REMINDER!

Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more. Opt-in today!


JUST SEND "Y" or "YES" to 67587

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: UPDATE!

The Mental Health Association has moved all services to a virtual platform for the health, safety and well-being of all. If you have questions or concerns (including help using zoom or the conference calling feature) you can call 609-652-3800 website- www.mhaac.info


See the following link for a daily list of resources: http://www.mhaac.info/uploads/3/4/4/8/34488857/mhaac_virtual_schedule_may_2020__updated_.pdf

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & RESOURCES

As time passes, it can become difficult staying at home day in and day out. Some days may be easier than others in dealing with this national pandemic amongst other issues. Please know that our guidance counselors, social workers, student assistance counselors, school nurses, and our High School Teen Center serve as available resources daily to assist with any concerns, fears, and/or anxieties. Our district website and school websites provide contact information or call 646-7911 x 1001.

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EVERY HAND TOGETHER: PURSUING PUBLIC HEALTH

The following link is a playlist from Every Hand Together: Pursuing Public Health and a conversation with Mr. Santilli, Assistant Superintendent and Pam Celenza of New Jersey Child Assault Prevention: PPH Child Abuse Prevention Series (Playlist) (Linked and Below)


Pursuing Public Health: Child Abuse Prevention with Pam Celenza of CAP (pt 1)

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

JOB OPENINGS

The Egg Harbor Township School District are looking for qualified candidates for the job openings pictured below. Continue to monitor our website at eht.k12.nj.us and social media @EHTNJSchools.


For more information you can see all job openings and apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/

EHT TRANSPORTATION: JOB OPENINGS

Egg Harbor Township School District is now hiring CDL licensed drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested applicants can now apply online: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/
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Atlantic County Food Bank Resources

Atlantic County Food Bank Resources: Please see the list here linked for Atlantic County Food Bank Resources

FREE FOOD GIVEAWAY

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers - Free Food Giveaway on August 1st and 15th. Visit http://mvnt.us/m1133998 for more information
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Free & Reduced Meal Program Information

If your family's circumstances have changed you could be eligible for the District’s free and reduced meal program. To apply, visit this link: http://mvnt.us/m1107777

THE NEST SCHOOL STORE IS ONLINE & OPEN!

The School Store is now online and open for business! Check out "The Nest @ EHTHS" to get all your #ehtpride gear. For a limited time, get FREE local delivery to EHT for any size order. Check out their online store at http://shopthenesteht.com

Virtual Board of Education Meetings

Our Board of Education is going virtual too! Until further notice, Board meetings will continue to be held on designated evenings as advertised, however will now use the Google Meet tool.


The Egg Harbor Township School District's Board of Education will hold a virtual Special Meeting focused on the "Road Back to School" on Monday, August 3rd at 7:00pm. The live broadcast of the meeting can be found at http://eht.k12.nj.us/​ During the broadcast, public comments will be accepted by dialing 609-653-0100 ext 1417.

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ATHLETICS/FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS/ACTIVITIES

RETURN TO PLAY INFORMATION

Student-athletes and band members participating in Phase 1 summer session can find guidelines and information on the website at http://ehthsathletics.weebly.com


You can also directly access information on the Return to Play Document (linked)

MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS

Phase 1 of the Delayed Fall Season began for Egg Harbor Township High School with the arrival of our football players on July 27th. We welcome all other sports and marching band back to campus on August 4th to begin their workout sessions. All athletes will be required to take part in a pre-workout health screening and abide by safety protocols for workout sessions. This includes the wearing of masks when appropriate, social distancing, health checks, 90 minute practices, no sharing of equipment, and no more than two days of practice per week. Violation of these guidelines could have a program face disqualification as all athletes need to go through Phase 1 prior to any official team practices. Athletes will be grouped into ‘pods’ for health, safety and contact tracing. I cannot stress the importance of these protocols as they are not only in place for workouts at school but also for outside of the practice fields. Actions off the field are as important as actions on the field.


The NJSIAA recognizes the fluidity of this virus and any needed changes would be made prior to August 28th. As a reminder, for the health safety, and welfare of our student athletes, student athletes should be supervised by a board approved staff member during any and all workouts and practices. August 28th will be the last day of summer workouts and a two week hiatus begins where all communications with athletes have to be virtual. No one is permitted on campus for in-person practices from August 29th to September 13th. Official pre- season practices can begin on September 14th. Games will begin on or near October 1st. There will be no long trips, out of state trips, or state championships. All student-athletes and coaches must adhere to this model in order to participate.


July 27 - Football summer workouts begin

Aug 4 - All other sports and marching band summer workouts begin.

Aug 28- All summer workouts end; No activity up to and including Sept. 13th

Sept 14- Official Pre-season practice begin for all sports and marching band

Sept 28 - Tennis games can begin

Oct 2 - Football games can begin

Oct 1 - All other sports games can begin

Go Eagles !


Dr. Gruccio


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