Butler and Bloomingdale Schools

Together for Children

Hello Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s):

I hope that everyone had a wonderful winter break and a relaxing holiday season. This newsletter contains information regarding the start of in-person instruction within the Bloomingdale School District. Please take some time to review the varied aspects contained herein. Your child's building principal(s) will be following up on Monday, January 11th with information specific to each school building.

Be Well

Dr. J.

Bloomingdale Re-Entry Plan
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Schedules for our Hybrid Instructional Plan

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Daily Health Attestation in Realtime

Each morning, families must log in to RealTime to fill out the Daily Health Attestation Form. This is a vital part of our partnership, as we all must work together to ensure that once we start with in-person instruction, we are all working together to make sure we can continue. I am aware that this is an additional thing added to a busy morning's schedule, and, for that, I am sorry; however, it is one thing that we can all do to make sure that all within our buildings are healthy.

Families will be given the opportunity and reminders in the instance it is overlooked in the beginning - but if it is something that becomes a concern, we will request a meeting at the school level to see how we can work together so that all are in compliance with this request.

I thank you in advance for your attention to this.


  1. Go to the Parent Portal on Realtime


(you will need your portal code, username and password)

  1. Complete the Daily Parent COVID-19 Questionnaire on the days your child is in school. It will pop up on the screen when you log in.

COVID-19 Parent Questionnaire Video Tutorial

**Students who are 100% Virtual do not need to complete a questionnaire at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Face Coverings Required for staff, students, and visitors in school facilities?

Yes. District staff, students, and visitors are required to wear face coverings except under the following circumstances:

  1. When doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
  2. When a student is in extreme heat outdoors.
  3. If a student’s documented medical condition, or disability as reflected in an Individualized Education Program (IEP), precludes the use of a face covering.
  4. If a student is under the age of two (2), due to the risk of suffocation.
  5. When a student is eating or drinking.
  6. If or when anyone has trouble breathing or is unconscious, is incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance (e.g., face coverings should not be worn by Pre-K students during nap time).
  7. The student is engaged in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities.
  8. During gym and music classes when individuals are in a well-ventilated location and able to maintain a physical distance of six feet apart.
  9. When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task (for example, students operating machinery in which face coverings may get caught).

Can staff and/or students wear face shields instead of face coverings?

Currently, the CDC does not recommend use of face shields as a substitute for face coverings. Therefore, they may not be used to satisfy face covering requirements. However, they may be an option for students with medical or other challenges that preclude the use of face coverings. If face shields are used without a mask, they should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin.

Should students, staff, or others who have been tested for COVID-19 attend or visit school while they await test results?

Anyone who is sick should stay home from school. Anyone who suspects they are ill and received a COVID-19 test should not attend or visit school while awaiting test results. Should the test result be negative, they should follow normal illness exclusion rules (typically 24 hours without fever before they can return to school). If a clinician has a suspicion that the illness may be COVID-19 despite a negative test, they should follow general guidance related to COVID-19 – ie, unless they were immunocompromised, they would wait at least 10 days from symptom onset and at least one day from resolution of symptoms prior to returning. If the individual should be quarantined based upon a known exposure, then they would need to wait 14 days from last possible exposure prior to returning.

What are the rules and procedures to clear an individual to return to school following a positive test result? Does a test need to come back negative?

A negative test is not necessary to return to school. CDS follows CDC guidelines, which provide that persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

  • At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset, and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html

Is there a specific place at school to isolate students or staff who show symptoms of COVID-19?

Every school in the Bloomingdale School District has a designated isolation room to separate anyone with COVID-19 symptoms until they are able to be picked up from that school.

What is the procedure if a student tests positive and has been at school?

Lab results that demonstrate a positive test are reported to the Department of Health through a doctor's office. HIPAA regulations prohibit a person's name or personal information to be shared publicly. School officials and the Department of Health will work together to contact trace and notify any potential students or staff that were exposed to a COVID positive case and follow up with the student's parent/guardian to answer questions and provide instruction.

If my child starts In-Person can I move them to a virtual learning environment?

Absolutely. Students who start virtually may also move into our In-Person program as well. We ask that you work with your child's principal and provide us with notice of your intent to switch for these circumstances.

Anyone who would like to begin virtually when we return February 1, 2021 and you have not previously indicated such to your child' principal, please let your child's principal(s) know in writing by January 25, 2021. Students who choose to attend in a virtual setting will set up an appointment with their child's principal(s) to pick up their materials for their classes.

How will wearing a mask be enforced? How will those who do not comply be disciplined?

As with all situations, intent is important, as is the age of the student. These decisions will be made at the building level; however it is our main hope to partner with our community in order to educate our students as to the importance of wearing a mask on school grounds.

Will students share instructional and recreational materials?

The district is currently working to find virtual solutions for educational materials such as reading books and manipulative for math. Materials that must be shared will be rotated and sanitized within each school.

Students will not use shared equipment in PE or other recreational courses. Students will not utilize equipment during recess times. Students will not share toys.

Occupational and Physical Therapy equipment will be sanitized between each session.

Related Arts services supplies will follow the parameters set forth by the SEDNJ and NJMEA.

Special Education Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 presents an unprecedented set of challenges impacting each and every member of our District. This common scenarios document is intended to provide information for Bloomingdale parents/guardians, caretakers, and students so that we may navigate the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year together while putting the safety and well-being of both our own families and the entire school community at the forefront of what we do.

What will happen to students who are in the referral or re-evaluation process?

Our District's Child Study Teams will continue to meet their obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and New Jersey State Regulations for referral, identification, evaluations, and re-evaluatations. Our CST will continue to maintain timelines in accordance with NJAC 6A:14 to the greatest extent possible. IEP teams will implement procedures to complete evaluations to determine eligibility for special education services. CST and district staff will provide clear communication to the parents on the procedures for referral and evaluations to determine eligibility for special education and related services or 504 plans.

Is my child’s IEP still in effect or do they get the same program as everyone else?

Yes, your child’s IEP is still in effect. As always, our instruction and related services will be tailored to specifically meet your child's goals and objectives. In accordance with guidance from the federal Department of Education, we will continue to provide services to the greatest extent possible when operating in a virtual manner.

How does the A/B schedule impact my students' special education program?

Special Education Programming will remain the same as what was determined at your child's most recent annual review or initial IEP development meeting.

All students who receive special education programming will not be in an A/B cohort and instead will attend class five days per week, each week.

Will the aides be allowed to touch and prompt my child? My child requires his hand being held for support and safety, will this occur?

Yes, our paraprofessionals and teacher staff will still be able to touch and prompt your children. We have purchased appropriate PPE to ensure this is done in a safe manner for all involved.

How is the district going to recoup missed related services?

For students that missed services, the therapist(s) will begin to assess your child once we return in February. Using available data, they will determine regression that took place and amount of lost growth due to services being unavailable. Using that information, they will work with your child's case manager to develop a plan to address the regression and lost growth. Case Managers will invite you to a meeting to amend the IEP, if needed. Should you have specific concerns about services that were missed, please contact your childs case manager.

My child cannot wear a mask, what do you need to confirm that?

  • If you feel your child should be exempt from the mask requirement, we ask that you submit this request to your child's building principal.
  • Our OT will also continue to work with students during their session and provide resources to staff on masking wearing along with their other IEP goals.

My child has sensory issues and cannot wear a mask, how will they be supported?

  • If your child fits the criteria outlined above for an exemption from the mask requirement, we ask that you submit this request to your child's building principal.

  • Our OT will also continue to work with students during their session on masking wearing along with their other IEP goals.

If my child removes their mask, will someone help them put it back on and if they refuse to wear their mask at some part of the day will they be sent home?

  • Yes, our leadership and teaching staff share the philosophy that we are here to education students. Therefore, we will work with students to learn how to keep the masks on. We recognize that this is a challenge for some students so we are committed to work with your children and our families.

  • Students will not be sent home if they are unable to keep the mask on due to their disability.