Prospect Park School District

Safe Return Plan


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Safe Return Plan

Dear Families and Communities,

We are excited to plan for the 2021-22 School Year. Below you will find the Safe Return Plan that was submitted to the state on June 24, 2021. This plan is to support the social, emotional, health and academic needs of our students. It also outlines how the district will uses the American Rescue Plan Funds (ARP) to support this work.

We want to thank all of our community members for their input including teachers, support staff, families and community members.

This plan will be evaluated and revised as the needs of the students and staff are examined over the next several years. There will continue to be opportunity to hear feedback during this process.

Please contact the district with any additional comments or questions at


Prospect Park School District

Safe Return Plan

Prospect Park School District

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service

Pursuant to the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, Section 2001(i)

Note that on May 17, 2021, Governor Murphy announced that upon the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year, portions of Executive Order 175 allowing remote learning will be rescinded, meaning that schools will be required to provide full-day, in-person instruction, as they were prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. The NJDOE and New Jersey Department of Health will share additional information regarding State requirements or guidance for health and safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year as it becomes available.

Template: LEA Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

LEA Name: Prospect Park School District

Date: 6/24/21

County: Passaic

District: Prospect Park School District

Chief School Administrator: Allison Angermeyer

Phone Contact: 973-720-1981

Board Approval on: 6/15/21

Sent to County Superintendent on: 6/24/21

County Clearance:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Prospect Park School District is to develop healthy, alert, informed, responsible, and well balanced human beings who believe in our America Heritage, and are imbued with a true desire and willingness to participate in and actively contribute to our democratic way of life.

We also believe that the public school should be a place where the principal, teacher, and parent work in unison to ensure the successful progress and goal attainment of the child.

1. Maintaining Health and Safety

For each mitigation strategy listed below (A–H), please describe how the LEA will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC.

A. Universal and correct wearing of masks:

· students, staff and visitors will all be required to wear masks as dictated by the NJ Governor’s executive orders, NJ Department of Health Guidance, CDC guidance, local health department guidance and NJ Department of Education Guidance.

  • Mask rules will be dictated by the above guidance
  • Masks will be provided for any person who does not have one
  • Videos and directions will be provided to all students on the correct use and wearing of masks

B. Physical distancing (e.g., including use of cohorts/podding)

  • Students will be physically distanced in the classroom according to the NJ Department of Health guidelines and according to the regional matrix/school guidance. The district will
  • establish cohorts in the event there is another outbreak and reduced capacity is needed. The district will implement “podding” to reduce the contact of students to other students in the middle school grades 6-8.
  • Physical distancing posters, reminders and spots will be placed throughout the school building and inside the school building.

C. Hand washing and respiratory etiquette

  • Students, staff and visitors will all follow hand washing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Videos and directions will be provided to all students on the hand washing and respiratory etiquette
  • Hand washing and/or sanitizing times will be allocated for before and after meals, recess, when hands are soiled
  • Hand washing: Classrooms will have regular hand washing and sanitizing
  • Students will receive hand washing lessons by teachers and/or school nurse
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.
  • In younger grades, hand sanitizer will be out of reach of children and monitored by teachers or other adults.
  • Classrooms with a sink will have sufficient soap, water and hand sanitizer.
  • Signs will be posted to remind students of hand washing.

D. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation

  • Prospect Park School District will maintain a clean and healthy facilities
  • The school will maintain checklists to ensure sanitizing and cleaning processes are done each day
  • The NRESC will provide all bussing for Out of District students and/or field trips.
  • The district will be using funds from ESSERII and ARP to improve the ventilation of the building
  • The district will use funds from ESSERII to fix several windows in the school and improve ventilation of the building


E. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments

  • The Prospect Park School District has a Contract Tracing Policy which was adopted in the 2020-21 school year.
  • The school nurse and administration work closely with the Prospect Park Board of Health to follow all contact tracing guidelines in place through the NJ Department of Health
  • The district will maintain an isolation space in the school building to isolate students with COVID-19 symptoms and will continue to maintain an isolation space until the NJ Department of Education no longer requires this. The isolation space will be used for any individual who is symptomatic according to NJ DOH guidelines and the area will be supervised by an adult.
  • The district will continue to notify local health officials and the county of all COVID-19 positive cases in the district and notify specific members of the community if a close contact has happened in school.
  • The district will continue to perform daily screenings as dictated by the NJ Department of Health
  • The school nurse will determine remittance according to the NJ Department of Health guidelines and will advise students and families accordingly

F. Diagnostic and screening testing:
  • The district will follow the NJDOE Exclusion list for screening and testing. If recommended, the district will use the COVID exclusion list for screening/testing
  • Students who are in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be excluded from school. Contact tracing is designed to help identify individuals without symptoms who may have COVID 19
  • Anyone suspected of contracting COVID 19 will be excluded from school based on NJ DOH guidelines.
  • Students, staff and visitors will return from school after a close contact or contracting COVID-19 based on the NJ DOH quarantine timeframe and the NJ Regional Matrix colors.

G. Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff, and students, if eligible

  • The district is in the process with partnering with Walgreens to support vaccinations for students.
  • The district has worked with the town and area hospitals to advise teachers of vaccination opportunities.

H. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies

o Special Education:

  • Any accommodations in the IEP/504 plan related to health and safety will be adhered to

2. Ensuring Continuity of Services

A. Describe how the LEA will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students’ academic needs and students’ and staff’s social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services.

Academic Needs

  • Schedule: The district anticipates it will implement full in person learning for the 21-22 school year

  • The academic needs will be varied due to the interruption of schooling over the past 18 months. The following are supports that will be provided:

    • The district professional development series for teachers will be focused on differentiation in order to support the needs of all students

    • The district will implement WIN Days in the area of mathematics: Students during WIN Days (1-2 days per week) will focus on particular skills/standards individually according to need as determined on benchmark assessments

    • The district will implement an additional literacy component within the middle school science and social studies class

    • Additional supports in the area of phonics are being purchased

    • The district will implement an instructional coach to support differentiation and best practices in the classroom

    • The district will implement additional teachers in the primary grades to support small group learning K-3

    • The district will continue to take part in the CAR Pilot in collaboration with the NJPSA in order to support the alignment of curriculum, assessment and instruction

    • The district will continue to have parent seminars and family nights in order to support families

    • The district will implement a tier 3 teacher in mathematics to support

    • The district will implement a summer learning program open to all students in grades K-7.

Students’ Social Emotional Health

  • The school district will provide a comprehensive Social Emotional Learning program for all students including:

    • Tier 1:

      • TIME OUT FOR SEL: Lessons designed to support CASEL Competencies provided to students twice a month

      • Character Education: Lessons provided to our students through the physical education program

      • School Counselor Lessons on Harassment Intimidation and Bullying

      • Social Emotional Interventionist/Teacher: To provide additional lessons to support CASEL Competencies; SEL teacher will also support teachers and curriculum in this area

      • School wide assessment on CASEL Competencies

      • Curriculum writing to integrate CASEL competencies into all areas of the curriculum

      • Parent seminars on Social Emotional Learning

      • The school district conducts surveys for all stakeholders to ensure it is meeting the needs of families and students

      • The school climate committee ensures it is making appropriate decisions regarding SEL in the district

  • Tier 2:

    • Small groups for students in need of additional help

    • Individual support session with school counselors who are in need of additional help

    • Attendance committee to address attendance needs

    • Parent conferences to support parents with children in need of additional help

  • Tier 3:

    • School based counseling program for students identified as needing additional help

    • School counselors and social workers have a variety of counseling options for families to support various needs

    • The school crisis committee meets regularly to prepare for any crisis needs that arise

Staffs’ Social Emotional Health

  • The social emotional specialist will support social emotional health of teachers through various PD and activities

  • The district is considering our School Based Counselor for some “drop in” hours to support SEL

Food Service

  • Food service will continue for families regardless of the program being offered. In September, the school expects to be fully open and serve food as it had done previously

  • The food service company will follow all appropriate protocols for COVID-19

  • Students will be spaced will eating as per NJDOH guidelines; using barriers if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Title & ESL

  • Title teachers will provide instruction to meet the need of each student as determined by grade level benchmark assessments.
  • ESL: teachers will provide daily learning activities in 4 areas of instruction including: Writing, Speaking, Listening, Reading
  • Providing extended year and day services for students in need of additional academic support as well as English Language Learners

Special Education/504:

  • Special education teachers will provide appropriate work with modifications for all instructional activities
  • Students in “learning center” classrooms will be provided differentiated work according to IEP goals
  • Special Education teachers will support students and parents as needed through email, virtual conferences and phone
  • Students are provided Related Services as dictated in a students IEP/504
  • CST members are available each day to support the needs of all students


  • These students will be provided with appropriate lessons each week
  • We are hopeful that the county G&T field trips will continue in the 21-22 school year. If not possible, we will continue to participate virtually

Homeless Students:

  • Students are supported by their guidance counselors to ensure they have everything they need to support their learning and meet additional needs

3. Public Comment

A. Describe how the LEA sought public comment on its plan, and how it took those public comment into account in the development of its plan. Note, the ARP requires that LEAs seek public comment for each 60-day revision to the plan.

  • Administration met with grade level teams regarding curriculum and student needs during the May/June PLC meetings to discuss the needs of all students during the 21-22 school year.
  • The district presented this plan at the June 15 board meeting and provided a Power Point presentation of the plan. The Board of Education opened the floor for specific comment on the plan. There were some clarifying questions but not additional suggestions were made at this time.
  • Presentation was sent to parents to parents on June 18, 2021. It is posted on the website.
  • All community members were offered to email to provide additional comments.
  • TAPP Executive committee met on June 16 to review plan and discussed additional input
  • Faculty and staff sent draft June 16 with scheduled 2 scheduled Zoom meeting time to ask follow up questions June 18, June 23
  • Greatest identified needs were in the area of:
  • Air Filtration
  • Math: learning interruption; mastery of NJSLS, resources
  • ELA: learning interruption; mastery of NJSLS, reading levels/phonics
  • Social Emotional Wellbeing of students
  • Additional support needed to differentiate especially in younger classrooms
  • Re-acclimation of students to the building

B. Describe how the LEA ensured that the plan is in an understandable and uniform format; is to the extent practicable written in a language that parents can understand or, if not practicable to provide written translations to a parent with limited English proficiency, will be orally translated for such a parent; and upon request by a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA, will be provided in an alternative format accessible to that parent. (1000 character limit)

The district will present the plan in oral form at the board meeting. Additionally, several teachers will be available to share the plan orally in a variety of languages should the need arise. Additionally, the child study team will be consulted if any additional alternative format to a parent who require such.

The plan posted on the website is posted in and can be translated into various languages. The SMORES Website also has additional accessibility features.