BCSSSD Pioneer Press
March 2015, Edition #5
Editor: Mrs. Laura Geltch, Coordinator of Program and Community
Message from Dr. Manno
The following is an important message from the NJ Attorney General regarding Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying shared with all Superintendents in the State. The message is approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds. It is an outstanding reminder of the critical role we play in establishing a safe and bully-free environment for our students. Please take a moment to view it.
Please be attentive to each and every one of your students for signs of bullying (Characteristics of Bullies and Targets), and report concerns to your building Anti-Bullying Specialist or Principal. Your attention, concern, and action can save lives.
High School students enjoyed story time with Dr. Manno: "Today is Monday" & "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
BCSSSD student working at Chuck-E-Cheese! Congratulations, Zach!
Our Special Olympics Bowling team competed in the South Sectional meet. We had 13 athletes compete and 9 have qualified to move onto the State finals on March 29, in North Brunswick. Congratulations to our Bowling athletes and staff!
Happy St. Patrick's Day from BCSS's Jump Start Store
Our BCSSSD Bell Choir students recently visited Countryside School in Mt. Laurel
PASC Family Fun Night!
UNLESS Contest, Sponsored by the Philadelphia Zoo: Ms. Anne Liedtka collected over a thousand pieces of trash that that would have made its way to local landfills. "We reused items, recycled items, hence reducing the greenhouse gases. Some of our students were involved in a tallying method of counting," said Ms. Liedtka.
Superintendents from Burlington County gathered for their monthly meeting on our Westampton campus. BCSSSD Administrators were introduced and breakfast was served with a smile!
BCSSSD's Jr./Sr. Westampton students created a Coretta Scott King banner, currently on display in the Superintendent's lobby.
Lumberton Campus honors Black History Month through art.
Fashion alert: BCSSSD staff triplets: great minds think alike!
Why fit in when you were born to stand out? --Dr. Seuss
BCSS Book Fair! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Save the Date!
PASC Annual Poster Presentation Event, May 7, 2015
PTA Kickoff Spring Social
Saturday, April 25th, 10am to Saturday, May 2nd, 1pm
20 Pioneer Blvd
BCSSSD Annual Blood Drive
Friday, May 8th, 8:30am-1:30pm
Media Center, Westampton Campus
BCSSSD PTA Provider Fair
Thursday, June 4th, 6-9pm
20 Pioneer Blvd
Deadline to Register is March 31. Contact Tara Montague for more information at email@example.com. Or call Tara at (856)722-9900.
BCSSSD Annual Golf Outing
Monday, Aug. 10th, 7:30am-4pm
1416 Highland Avenue
Riverton Country ClubSave the date! More information coming soon!
New Emergency Closing/Delayed Opening Procedures:
In the event of a campus emergency or inclement weather, staff members will be contacted via email, phone message, and text message. In addition, we will post a Special Alert Message on our website.
Staff Members, Help us Contact You.
Have you moved? Have you changed your phone number or email address? Please make sure to update your information with BCSSSD Personnel. A TEST Emergency Notification Message was sent on November 19, to ensure everyone's information is up-to-date and you will receive our future notifications.
Students will be contacted using information stored in Genesis, our electronic student database. Parents should be reminded to ensure their contact information is up-to-date. Any changes should be reported to the main office of the student's school.
Message from the CDC, re: Measles
Several questions from educators, students, and their families have arisen since the initial outbreak of measles in December 2014. I am writing to share with you links to valuable information and resources produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as information, resources, and links from the Department of Education (ED) addressing related education issues. In addition to links provided in this letter, enclosed is a list of relevant resources.
As with any disease that has the potential to affect our school communities, the CDC and its public health partners will have information about the signs, symptoms, and severity of the measles, as well as the proper steps to help prevent its spread.
Additionally, since schools play a critical role in raising awareness with families and communities, there are many steps they can take including:
- printing and sending CDC information and resources home with students;
- placing the text of CDC “matte” letters, or free-for-use articles, on a district’s Web site, in e-newsletters, and in other publications;
- posting the links to CDC information on schools’ social media accounts;
- sharing CDC content on your website through its Content Syndication (featuring automatic updates); and
- collaborating with state and local public health authorities (PHAs) and reviewing the CDC’s vaccination Web pagefor state-specific information on immunization policies.
- Best practices for districts and schools include developing policies and procedures in consultation with their PHAs for protecting the school community and addressing how to:
- provide information on everyday actions to prevent the spread of disease, including effective hand washing and proper cough and sneeze etiquette;
- provide information on vaccines and access to the vaccines within the community;
- properly safeguard the exchange of individuals’ medical information in compliance with applicable federal and state privacy laws; and
- ensure that there is not discrimination on the basis of a disability and that, when identifying and treating students and staff, individuals who are unable to receive vaccines due to a disability are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability.
Day-to-day prevention and protection against infectious disease in schools is more effective when it is part of a comprehensive school emergency operations plan (EOP). An EOP can support the school system in the event of outbreak, epidemic, or pandemic and address a variety of possible diseases—viral, bacterial, and fungal. The protective measures in an EOP include a continuum of strategies for preventing the spread of germs.
Districts and schools should consider taking steps to ensure the continuity of learning outside of the classroom for students out of school for an extended period of time. For example, printed materials or online instructional tools may help students engage in meaningful learning activities to help them remain on track with their studies.
The Department’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) manages the Readiness and Emergency Management of Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, which serves as a hub to schools in providing information and resources for addressing infectious disease and supporting the whole school community. We are providing links to some of their valuable resources on this page, and you may wish to learn more about their resources on their Web site at: http://rems.ed.gov.
I hope this information is helpful in the work you do to ensure students’ safety.