EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Central Office Communications: Week of January 9, 2022
Egg Harbor Township School Community,
The snow really made a showing this week as it blanketed Egg Harbor Township with substantial accumulations that created three days of school closure. These days will be added to the end of the school year. Unfortunately, the NJDOE has not approved a ‘snow day’ for virtual learning, therefore one day will be added to the school calendar at this time.
The determination of school closure for snow begins with me when I spend time closely monitoring the weather forecast, reaching out to local meteorologists, having discussions with fellow county superintendents, the Egg Harbor Township Chief of Police and Public Works, and our district transportation, facilities, and food services departments about the timing of the storm, staffing in place to assist with sidewalk clearing and salting, plowing and salting lots and district roadways, managing food orders, and heating the buildings. I am in communication with all entities to see if it is possible to have schools open safely for students. This includes the conditions of bus stops and weather temperatures that are factors for our students waiting for buses in the early morning. If possible, I will send a call out the night before the closure to provide parents enough time to secure child care and/or make arrangements with their workplace. There will be times where school closure will be determined in the early morning due to the timing of the storm and an uncertain forecast. With the two storms this past week, I was pretty confident with the information that I gathered, to make the call the evening before.
As for the COVID-19 virus, we are experiencing a high rise of cases since winter break. Perhaps the snow did us a favor because the virus has affected both staff and students. We are closely monitoring our reported cases, communicating with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Atlantic County Division of Public Health (ACDPH) and the NJDOE via the county superintendent. At this time, we plan for our schools to be open to serve our students academically, socially, and emotionally. We will assess the impact of our cases on a case by case, classroom by classroom, school by school, department by department basis and do our very best to keep schools safely open.
Communication from me to parents will be by a phone call, messages in the parent portal, and via text messages and emails. Please know that I am not using social media for communication. Only rely upon direct information from me, in updates like this for accurate information. Although social media is a popular communication tool, public comments are not always accurate and do not always reflect the school district's current status or the decisions that are made based upon factual information and direction from the county and state levels.
Please be assured that we will closely monitor COVID -19 cases and the updates from the NJDOH and the ACDPH, as well any inclement weather. We are committed to our school district mission to EMBRACE, ENGAGE, and EDUCATE the students of the Egg Harbor Township School District.
Superintendent of Schools
ELEMENTARY PARENT CONFERENCES & 1/2 DAY SCHEDULE
REMINDER: Elementary school parent conferences will occur between Monday, January 10th and Thursday, January 13th. During those days students will follow a 1/2 day schedule and dismissal. To access your child's parent conference letter from their building principal you can access the viewable folder at the following LINK:
#EHTREADY: THE ROAD FORWARD
FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES & RESOURCES
FREE COVID-19 Testing Sites and other links to COVID-19 resources in the State of New Jersey, Atlantic County and surrounding counties can be accessed through the following LINK.
STUDENT HEALTH AFFIRMATION
Every student attending EHT Schools must submit a health affirmation form. This form should be reviewed and completed by a parent/guardian and submitted on the first day of school. We ask that in an effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment, you assess your child(ren) every day prior to school and keep them home from school if symptoms are present.
Forms in both English and Spanish are accessible at the following LINK.
Please monitor your child or children for Covid like symptoms prior to sending them to school every day. As per the district health affirmation, Covid-19 like symptoms and Covid-19 situations related to contact tracing, testing and diagnoses are seen in the image above as a reminder. In addition, if a child in your home is exhibiting Covid-19 like symptoms, not only should they remain home and follow-up with their health care provider, but siblings should also remain home and follow the same protocol.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)
To access frequently asked questions related to Covid-19, as well as general district and school information you can access the following LINK.
IC PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT INFORMATION!
What if I do not have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account? Send an email to email@example.com with the parent/guardian full name, students full name, students school and grade level, students birthdate, home and/or cell number and the parent/guardians email address.
CLIMATE, CULTURE and #EHTPride
CLIMATE, CULTURE & #EHTPride
We are dedicated to learning together, growing together, and healing together within a positive school climate. Celebrations of recognition and reward for achievement, even the littlest steps, will occur in all of our schools as we value the importance of appreciation and respect. We have a lot of #EHTPride in taking care of our students and showcasing their achievements.
We are committed to setting a foundation of culture in our school that includes respect for diversity, inclusion and equity for ALL students and staff. To empower our school community to be positive, supportive, patient, and understanding.To unify all members around one central goal that includes nurturing a strong culture that allows students, teachers, staff, and community members to flourish as individuals and as a community.
With Every Hand Together, Every child, Everyday is provided a relevant learning experience. Our teachers collaborate in professional learning communities to review student progress in order to provide ALL students with the opportunity to learn at high levels. 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. All faculty and staff participated in equity training during our professional learning days. Together, we can achieve more!
SCHOOL MESSENGER REMINDER!
JUST SEND "Y" or "YES" to 67587
ATLANTIC PREVENTION RESOURCES: ACHIEVING PERSONAL BALANCE
Atlantic Prevention Resources will be holding group meetings through the month of November as part of their "Achieving Personal Balance" program. Participants will increase skills that will help provide a healthy balance in their lives. Virtual meetings will begin Monday, September 27th. For more information, email Amanda Hartman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: RESOURCES!
Visit http://www.mhaac.info/ubw-schedule.html to find The Mental Health Association of Atlantic County's virtual schedule.
ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES!
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & RESOURCES
During these difficult times, 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.
Student resource card (Spanish/English)
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 bus drivers, bus aides and subs. Interested applicants can call 609-927-2443 ext 1710 or can now apply online: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/
BECOME A SUBSTITUTE WITH EHT!
We're hiring for rewarding opportunities in Egg Harbor Township School District! To apply, visit https://bit.ly/3gGjAxX
FREE AND REDUCED MEAL PROGRAM APPLICATION
Free & Reduced Breakfast/Lunch Program: The Free and Reduced Meal Program offers several benefits including free/reduced meals, test fee waivers, and an opportunity to earn free college credits at the High School with the dual-enrollment program. For more information and to determine your eligibility, click this letter for more information: http://mvnt.us/m1217905
ATLANTIC COUNTY FOOD BANK RESOURCES
Please visit the Atlantic County Food Bank Resources (linked)
ATTENTION ALUMNI: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SUPERHERO!
The Egg Harbor Township High School Eagle Eye Newsletter is looking for alumni who are interested in being featured in an upcoming edition of the online publication. If you have a personal or professional accomplishment, a unique adventure or just something other EHTHS alumni may find interesting, please email: email@example.com
ATHLETICS/FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS/ACTIVITIES
MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Between the snowflakes and brisk winter weather, be sure to check out the Athletic Department's website and social media sites for team schedules and results. Our Unified Sports teams are practicing and dedicated to building teamwork and sportsmanship. The High School Band will perform this week in concert on January 13th. Come on out to support our students’ passions and talents!
NJSIAA: For the most up to date information from the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) visit their website at https://www.njsiaa.org/
NCAA: Thinking about participating in athletics after high school? Then visit the following link from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to prepare: https://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future
WEEKLY DIGITAL NEWSLETTERS
Each week our principals share an update on what is happening in their respective schools. Check out the Weekly Digital Newsletters linked below.
Week of January 2, 2022
EHT Media Specialists (January 2022)
Eagle Eye Alumni Newsletter (Fall/Winter 2021)
Gifted and Talented Newsletter (Trimester 1 - 2021)
"Our mission in the Egg Harbor Township District is to embrace families and their students to provide a safe, rigorous, and relevant learning experience while students are engaged and educated to become responsible for their own learning."