EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Central Office Communications: Week of July 26, 2020
OUR CURRENT REALITY
Hello EHT School Community,
As July is coming to a close in the midst of this heatwave, we are working hard preparing for the opening of our schools. While the focus is certainly on finalizing our Road Back to School Plan, we are also working on our typical summer projects that include ordering resources, cleaning buildings, maintenance of buildings, grounds, and buses, painting, reimaging computers, interviewing and hiring staff, and offering professional development opportunities to our teachers and staff.
I am grateful for the efforts of the 11 Road Back to School Sub-committees who have provided relevant information that will be shared at the District Road Back Committee meeting on Tuesday evening. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together the 11 subcommittee facilitators, community representatives from each sub committee, and Board of Education members to sit around a 'virtual' table, share feedback, research, and proposals with one another. I assure you that we have done the groundwork in terms of what can logistically work for our school district. We will bring that work to the table for the district committee to assist in piecing this puzzle together. We have been sifting through updates from the NJDOE, CDC, Department of Health, and our county superintendent. There are still many unknowns and changing guidance that surround us. The most recent update came on July 24 from the NJDOE regarding virtual learning where parents can choose full time virtual learning over sending their child to the school building for in-person instruction. Our reopening plan will be shared with the community next week so that parents have pertinent information to assist them in making an informed decision. A parent survey will follow the announcement of our plan with the intent to gather information on who will choose virtual learning and who will return to a school building. The data gleaned from this survey will guide us in more precise planning of class scheduling, bus routes, lunches, to name a few.
I will again stress that while the Road Back guidance provided a framework for the return to school, the reopening schools has been a monumental task. Your cooperation, understanding, and patience is greatly appreciated. Please keep in mind that there is a chance that after we decide on a district plan, it may have to change if there is an uptick in Coronavirus cases. We are aware that this plan will not please all, however much thought and consideration has been put into planning for the reopening of our schools regarding the health, safety, and welfare of our staff and students.
We are #EHTStrong!
THE ROAD BACK SUBCOMMITTEE PLANNING MEETINGS
On Tuesday, July 28th beginning at 6:00pm, the Road Back will be discussed with the full committee and the meeting will be live streamed (see the Board of Education Meeting section below)
NOTE: Many employees are working remotely at this time. Virtual office hours, as listed above, remain the same.
EHTHS GRADUATION INFORMATION AND DOWNLOAD
CLASS OF 2020 LIVE GRADUATION CEREMONY
This video includes both group and individual ceremonies from July 8, 2020
You can also access the full graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2020 on ehttv.com
The Press of Atlantic City's photo gallery of the EHTHS graduation ceremony can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/32bb31e
2020 AWARD NIGHT VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS
EHT’s AVIATION SUMMER PROGRAM GOES VIRTUAL
Take a look at @EHTNJSchools virtual Aviation Summer Program! https://pressofatlanticcity.com/education/egg-harbor-township-schools-aviation-camp-goes-virtual/article_b84c9788-72d5-5436-8a58-a788426c4b77.html
FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN: STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!
Register now for September 2020.
- Click here to complete your registration: http://mvnt.us/m1116199.
- Students must be 5 years old by 10/01/2020.
- If you have already registered earlier this school year, you do not need to register again.
NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR BOTH 3 & 4 YEAR OLDS IN THE HALF DAY PRE-SCHOOL INTEGRATED PROGRAM!
Please only complete the following application/interest form (linked) if your child will be 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2020.
NOTE: There is a $200 a month fee required to participate in the program which is to be paid in advance for each month. A $200 non-refundable deposit will be required and will be applied ONLY to the June 2021 tuition.
SEATS IN THE PROGRAM WILL BE FILLED ON A “FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE” BASIS.
ONCE THE SEATS ARE FILLED, STUDENTS WILL BE PLACED ON A WAIT LIST.
ASPIRE: VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP
ASPIRE Families, we hope you enjoy this watercolor art project for the entire family created by Ms. Cook! There are plenty of supplies for parents or siblings to create with your ASPIRE participants. Follow along and share your completed projects with us! Most of all, enjoy your time together.
Also, below is a sampling of pictures from Week 3 as students participated in virtual field trips, conducted Science experiments and participated in family fun and engagement! Keep up the great work and virtual engagement!
CLIMATE & CULTURE
We have worked for the culture of our schools to include school improvement efforts to increase student achievement for ALL students. Through professional development opportunities, time and resources we are building an effective learning culture where students are provided a safe learning environment, where teachers collaborate in professional learning communities to review student progress, providing ALL students the opportunity to learn at high levels, and having individualized interventions through the RTI process to assist ALL students with learning. We know that in order to successfully educate each student, we must be cognizant of each student’s individual learning needs. This can only be accomplished if we work together to eliminate any predictability of achievement disparities by race, ethnicity, gender, language, disability, and/or economics.
INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT
Do you need an EHT Parent Portal account? Do you have access to log-in? Check out this short video to learn how to request an account. https://youtu.be/bL1Qqs8sNm4
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION: UPDATE!
See the following link for a daily list of resources: http://www.mhaac.info/uploads/3/4/4/8/34488857/mhaac_virtual_schedule_may_2020__updated_.pdf
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT & RESOURCES
As time passes, it can become difficult staying at home day in and day out. Some days may be easier than others in dealing with this national pandemic amongst other issues. Please know that our guidance counselors, social workers, student assistance counselors, school nurses, and our High School Teen Center serve as available resources daily to assist with any concerns, fears, and/or anxieties. Our district website and school websites provide contact information or call 646-7911 x 1001.
Student resource card (Spanish/English)
EVERY HAND TOGETHER: PURSUING PUBLIC HEALTH
The following link is a playlist from Every Hand Together: Pursuing Public Health and a conversation with Mr. Santilli, Assistant Superintendent and Pam Celenza of New Jersey Child Assault Prevention: PPH Child Abuse Prevention Series (Playlist) (Linked and Below)
For more information you can see all job openings and apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/
EHT TRANSPORTATION: JOB OPENINGS
Atlantic County Food Bank Resources
Free & Reduced Meal Program Information
Virtual Board of Education Meetings
Our Board of Education is going virtual too! Until further notice, Board meetings will continue to be held on designated evenings as advertised, however will now use the Google Meet tool.
The Egg Harbor Township School District's Board of Education and Central Administration team invites the public for the NJ Department of Education's "Road Back to School" Meeting on Tuesday, July 28th. The live broadcast of the meeting can be found at http://eht.k12.nj.us/ During the broadcast, public comments will be accepted by dialing 609-653-0100 ext 1417.
ATHLETICS/FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS/ACTIVITIES
Fine & Performing Arts YOUTUBE PLAYLIST FOR THE "VIRTUAL" SHOWCASE!
Check out the YouTube Playlist (linked)
Message to our Student Athletes,
Today, July 27th, Phase 1 of the Delayed Fall Season will begin for Egg Harbor Township High School with the arrival of our football players. All athletes will be required to take part in a pre-workout health screening and abide by safety protocols for workout sessions. This includes the wearing of masks when appropriate, social distancing, health checks, 90 minute practices, no sharing of equipment, and no more than two days of practice per week. Violation of these guidelines could have a program face disqualification as all athletes need to go through Phase 1 prior to any official team practices. The NJSIAA recognizes the fluidity of this virus and any needed changes would be made prior to August 28th. August 3rd all other sports and marching band may begin workout sessions. Athletes can not be working out as a team prior to this date. As a reminder, for the health safety, and welfare of our student athletes, student athletes should be supervised by a board approved staff member during any and all workouts and practices. August 28th will be the last day of summer workouts and a two week hiatus begins where all communications with athletes have to be virtual. No one is permitted on campus for in-person practices from August 29th to September 13th. Official pre- season practices can begin on September 14th. Games will begin on or near October 1st. There will be no long trips, out of state trips, or state championships. All student-athletes and coaches must adhere to this model in order to participate.
July 27 - Football summer workouts begin
Aug 3 - All other sports and marching band summer workouts begin.
Aug 28 - All summer workouts end; No activity up to and including Sept. 13th
Sept 14 - Official Pre-season practice begin for all sports and marching band
Sept 28 - Tennis games can begin
Oct 2 - Football games can begin
Oct 1 - All other sports games can begin
- NJSIAA builds on Return To Play plan, provides updates on fall sports season
- NJSIAA provides return-to-play guidelines - Phase 1
- NJSIAA Provides Updated, Return-to-Play Guidelines
- May 30, 2020 NJSIAA STATEMENT - Executive Order #149 - Return to Sports
- May 28, 2020 NJSIAA Adds COVID Task Force
- How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey
- A Message from 2ndFloor Youth Helpline and NJSIAA
- May 8, 2020 Updated NJSIAA Statement - Short Term Guidance
- May 4, 2020 Updated NJSIAA Statement
- April 16, 2020 Updated NJSIAA Statement
- April 10, 2020 Update on Spring Sports Schedule
- If you are a student athlete you can visit the following NCAA COVID-19 Resource page
- NCAA Social Series: “Focusing on Mental Health”
- NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQ Addendum (linked)
"Our mission in the Egg Harbor Township District is to embrace families and their students to provide a safe, rigorous, and relevant learning experience while students are engaged and educated to become responsible for their own learning."