January 7, 2022

Good afternoon BAS Community,

Thank you for your partnership during this remote week of learning. We look forward to seeing the students back for in-person instruction on Monday. If you borrowed a computer earlier this week, we ask that you bring the computer and charger back in on Monday so teachers and students have the Chromebooks for the classrooms.

Please take a moment to read this week's blast as it has important updates, reminders, and dates to remember.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Lourdes Murphy

BAS School Nurse

Mrs. Lazo will be out of the office through February 2022 and will have limited access to her email. During this time, we are in good hands with School Nurse, Ms. Susana Pereira. Please contact Ms. Pereira with any BAS healthcare needs. Her email address and phone number are included below:


Optional Free Testing for CPSD Students

Free Testing for CPSD students - optional - parental / guardian consent required on Friday, January 7 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, and Saturday, January 8, from 9:00 am - 10:30 am. Testing will take place at Lincoln School.

Prior to the break, our region turned red, signaling a very high transmission rate according to the NJDOH Covid Activity Level Index (CALI) report. In addition to redoubling our efforts in implementing all of our protocols and procedures, we have also arranged for testing for all students whose parents / guardians would like to have their children tested. The testing, which consists of a non-invasive PCR spit test, will be provided by an outside company, Mirimus, and parents/guardians must complete this consent, prior to arrival, for their child to be tested.

Please note that we are working on expanding this program so that it takes place weekly.

Cranford Parent Academy


Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7:00 PM – Zoom link:

Virtual panel discussion to follow CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND RSVP


Virtual PTA Meeting: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 7:00 PM

50/50 Raffle - Ticket Books Sent Home!

Join in the fun with the BAS PTA for a chance to win our 50/50 raffle! 50% of the amount received for all tickets sold will be awarded as listed below:

- 1st Prize – 25% of proceeds

- 2nd Prize – 15% proceeds

- 3rd Prize – 10% proceeds

The drawing will be held live on the BAS PTA FB page on January 21st, 2022

Tickets are $10 each or $50 for the book. Ticket books were sent home today so check for them in your child's Friday Folder!

Important Dates:

- Any ticket books that will not be sold should be sent in with your child by 1/10

- All sold ticket stubs and payment (check or cash) should be sent in with your child by 1/14

If you need additional tickets or have any questions, please reach out to our raffle chair Claire Henderson (

Variety Show Update:

The BAS Variety Show has been rescheduled for May 25 at 6 pm in the CHS auditorium. The dress rehearsal will now be held on May 24 at 4 pm in the CHS auditorium. Outdoor rehearsals will now begin in late March, with an exact date to be determined. If this changes your child's participation status, please contact Susan Burke ( or Catherine Venditti ( Thank you.

READY and Full Day Kindergarten Information

2022-2023 READY – information is now available on our district website for children ages 3 and 4. Please click here for the flyer.

Please be advised that the Cranford Board of Education will continue to hold two tuition-based full-day kindergarten classes for the 2022-2023 school year, pending sufficient enrollment. Please see this full day kindergarten flyer for additional information and a link to the electronic lottery application.

Dress Warmly

Students go outside for recess daily and are also outdoors during other portions of the day, unless extreme weather prevents this. To help keep our students safe and able to fully enjoy their outdoor time, students are encouraged to dress warmly.

Attendance: If your child is going to be absent, please make sure to call 908-709- 6973 and/or email Please include your child's name (first and last), grade, and the reason for the absence. If the absence is due to illness, kindly list any and all symptoms the child is experiencing.

Please click on the link below to complete the Covid 19 Monthly Student Sign Off

BAS Covid 19 Symptom Awareness Sign Off January 2022



January 12, 2022: BAS PTA Virtual Meeting at 7:00 PM

January 17, 2022: Schools Closed (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day)


Instruction for Students on Quarantine

Given the number of students who are currently quarantined, it makes sense to shift from the home instruction model to a “live streaming” model for those who are quarantined in grades 3 through 12. This new model will be in place for the month of January and then the District will reassess moving forward. Please understand that this allows students who are quarantining to listen in on the class. This model does not include two-way communication. Your child is always welcome to follow up with the teacher at a later time and their teacher will do everything possible to assist your child upon their return.

Grades Pre-K through 2 will continue with the home instruction model when an individual is quarantined. Principals will reach out with more information.



While there is no statewide travel advisory or mandate in place at this time, it is strongly recommended that individuals follow the CDC COVID-19 travel recommendations. The CDC recommends that travel be delayed for those who are not fully vaccinated. If travel cannot be delayed, domestic and international travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if they test negative. If testing is not completed post-travel, individuals should self-quarantine for 10 days. International travelers who are fully vaccinated should also get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel, self-monitor for symptoms, and isolate and get tested if symptoms develop. For those traveling to/from New Jersey, domestic travel is defined as lasting 24 hours or longer to states or U.S. territories other than those connected to New Jersey, such as Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware.


Please remember to send in multiple masks with your child. The masks can break or become wet, especially after lunch/recess. We want to make sure that everyone is comfortable as we ensure adherence to the mask mandate.

Also, please remind your children how to properly wear their mask. It is important that the mask covers the child's nose and mouth. Ill-fitting masks can be more uncomfortable for the child and lead to quarantine if there is a positive case of Covid-19 in the classroom.

Lastly, masks are optional when students are outside. Please let your child know if you would like him/her to take off their mask while outside.

Thank you for your support!