WRMS Weekly Update
November 25, 2020
The faculty, staff, and administration at Westwood Regional Middle School wish you and your loved ones a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Updated School Health Information
According to the COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix, Bergen County has now been identified as a “orange/high risk” region, which requires public schools to follow new protocols. Below is updated and important information from the Department of Health that all staff, parents, and students must adhere to effective immediately.
Students and staff must stay home and notify the school nurse if they have:
Tested positive (viral test) for COVID-19
Potential exposure to COVID-19:
Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. (Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.)
Travelled to an area with high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the past 14 days:
If someone in a student or staff member’s household exhibits symptoms, students/siblings/staff member must also stay home from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result. If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the students/siblings/staff member will need to self-quarantine and must contact the school nurse for further instructions.
OUT OF STATE REQUIREMENTS:
Traveling Out of State:
Families traveling to an area on the NJ travel advisory list will be required to have their child(ren) quarantine for 14 days upon their return to NJ.
Please notify your building administration if you will be traveling to such an area so that your child can be set up for temporary remote instruction.
Families receiving guests from an area on the NJ travel advisory list are not required to quarantine their children.
Students only have to quarantine if someone in the house, resident or guest, becomes symptomatic and tests positive.
However, as a precaution, parents may choose to proactively self-quarantine their children.
Anyone who proactively chooses to self-quarantine must notify their school immediately.
If you have any questions on these protocols, please contact your school nurse directly as they are the most knowledgeable on our staff to answer your health and safety questions.
If the local health department calls, please answer the call and provide any requested information to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community
In-person Learning Checklist
- 2 masks (1 on + a back-up)
- A fully charged, school-issued chromebook & charger
- Refillable water bottles
- Tissue packs
- Individual hand sanitizer
- Other materials according to their teachers
Social Emotional Learning Workshop
Survey Results & Planning for the Future
As we work on our planning for the next phase of our reopening plan, we'd like your input to ascertain what environments parents/guardians feel comfortable with. Please complete the brief Middle School Reopening Plan: "Next Phase" Survey to help us.
From Last Week:Thank you to both the parents and students for their feedback on our Hybrid Learning Survey. Here is a summary of the results:
Students: 541 responses
81% can meet academic demands; 16% unsure; 4% disagree
83% engage during all remote times/days; 11% unsure; 6% disagree
60% feel connected to teachers; 29% unsure; 10% disagree
80% have a structured routine; 13% unsure; 7% disagree
Families: 85 reponses
72% can meet academic demands; 16% unsure; 12% disagree
71% engages during all remote times/days; 7% unsure; 22% disagree
52% feel connected to teachers; 28% unsure; 20% disagree
91% have a structured routine; 4% unsure; 6% disagree
Great improvement from the spring
Great appreciation for the hard work of the faculty
Students are very happy to see their teachers
Screentime is a concern
More breaks between classes
We are currently focusing on expanding our 5 day offerings to our at-risk student populations, and are having discussions on how to bring more students in with greater frequency. Given the increase in COVID cases and groups of students rotating between classes, those discussions will continue, but moving forward with bringing in large groups of students will be on hold for now.
Mental Health & Coping with the Challenges of a Pandemic
Click on the following link to be able to click on the links in the presentation: Mental Health & Coping with the Challenges of a Pandemic
We are also offering parents "check ins" from CarePlus, should a family or parent need some extra help/support during this difficult time. More information can be found here. You are welcome to contact either clinician, but Jessica Byers works more closely with the Middle School.
Additionally, The Bergen County Department of Health and Services Division of Mental Health shared this resource on Self-Care Tips for Teens during COVID-19.
The Westwood Regional School District will open online Kindergarten registration for the 2021‑2022 school year on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. This is a pre-registration only; students will not be considered enrolled until parents/guardians submit the required documentation at an in-person registration appointment.
Be aware that your child must reside in the Borough of Westwood or Township of Washington and be five (5) years old on or before October 1, 2021 to enter Kindergarten next September.
For more information, click here. We look forward to welcoming your kindergartener!
Grade 6: email@example.com
Grade 7: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 8: email@example.com
The Guidance Counselors are available every day to meet with students regardless of whether they are scheduled for in-person or remote learning. In an effort to maintain current safety guidelines, students are strongly encouraged to request meetings with their counselors by emailing them. Counselors will contact the student as soon as possible to schedule an online or in-person meeting. Counselors will continue to see students on an emergency basis, as well.
If your student is having difficulty, be is academic, technological, social emotional or more, please reach out to us! Our trained staff is here to support them whether we are in-person or remote!
6th Grade - Ms. Fabrocini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
7th Grade - Mrs. Androulakis (email@example.com)
8th Grade - Mrs. Sparno (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- District Head and Middle School Nurse - Mrs. Penn (email@example.com)
- Part-time nurse and RN - Mrs. Galow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you to the PSO for the mask lanyards!
We are a Box Tops school! Even though Box Tops has gone digital, there are still some products out there that have unexpired traditional clips. If you see the traditional clip on the box, you can still get credit for those as long as they are not expired! Please have your student turn those in by the new main office and keep scanning your receipts!
Bergen County Mental Health & Community Support Resources
Please find a Bergen County Mental Health resource document (updated 11/17) for your reference and support. You can also check out the resource page on www.BergenResourceNet.org regarding resources about inclusion, social consciousness and understanding, etc.
Save the Date!
- 11/25 - Early Dismissal
- 11/26 & 27 - District Closed
- 11/30 - Report Cards available in Genesis
- 12/8 - Social Emotional Learning (SEL) virtual parent/guardian workshop, 7 PM
- 12/9 & 10 - Picture retakes (weather permitting)
- 12/17 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 PM
- 12/24 - 1/1 - Winter Recess
Next week's schedule:
Monday, 11/30: A Day, Group 1 in-person, periods 1-5, lunch, 6-7
- Tuesday, 12/1: B Day, Group 2 in-person, periods 1-5, lunch, 6-7
- Wednesday, 12/2: A Day, Group 1 in-person, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1
- Thursday, 12/3: B Day, Group 2 in-person, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1
- Friday, 12/4: A Day, Group 2 in-person, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1