WRMS Weekly Update

November 25, 2020

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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:


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.

  • Receiving Travelers

    • 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

Each day your student is in-person, please make sure they bring each of the following with them:


  • 2 masks (1 on + a back-up)
  • A fully charged, school-issued chromebook & charger
  • Headphones
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Tissue packs
  • Individual hand sanitizer
  • Other materials according to their teachers

Please Dress Warmly!

We still want to be able to take our students outside and leave windows open as much as possible. Please make sure your students are dressed appropriately so that they can be comfortable. Layers are highly recommended!

Social Emotional Learning Workshop

We are hosting a virtual workshop on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) that is appropriate for all parents/guardians of students in grades K-12. The workshop is scheduled for December 8th at 7:00PM and registration is required. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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

  • Comments/Trends
    • 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

    • Wifi/technology issues

    • Counselor involvement


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

If you were not able to attend our Care Plus parent and student presentation on November 17th, "Mental Health & Coping with the Challenges of a Pandemic", click here for the recording of the presentation. Use this Passcode: !1H+D6me


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.

Kindergarten Registration

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!

Remote Attendance

We have a number of students who are missing one or two classes during the course of a remote day. Please be proactive in communicating with Mrs. McDonough and your student's assistant principal (below) if this is a planned absence or technical issues. Our assistant principals will be reviewing each student's attendance to ensure students are attending class when they should be, and discipline may be assigned accordingly.


Grade 6: michael.corso@wwrsd.org

Grade 7: barry.albert@wwrsd.org

Grade 8: michael.attanasio@wwrsd.org

Chromebook Issues

If you need help with your school-issued chromebook, please have your student email tech.help@wwrsd.org from their school account.

Student Support

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!


Counselors:

Nurses:

Assistant Principals:

PSO Information

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.

Community Flyers

Please click here to access an online library of electronic flyers for our community partners.

Save the Date!

Please mark your calendars for important upcoming events...


  • 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