EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Central Office Communications: Week of September 13, 2020
OUR CURRENT REALITY
To Our Egg Harbor Township School Community,
Overall, our first week of school was successful. Teachers and staff spent the last few days EMBRACING their students and building relationships, communicating with parents, providing clarity on schedules, student expectations and direction on resource distribution. I have to say the majority has made a smooth transition; others who have had difficulties have been assisted. I fully understand that there may still be some anxiety and angst with virtual learning however, all must realize that as long as the NJDOE RBS guidance is in place for schools, we will still need to conduct virtual learning in the hybrid module and for students who will choose the all virtual option. Our mission is to assist those who are having difficulty so that we all have a better grasp on virtual learning. This includes devices, operation of devices, assisting with schedules, virtual tools, and learning resources. If you need assistance, please contact your child’s principal.
All parents are reminded that attendance is mandatory and daily attendance will be taken. It is vital that your child attends school. The attendance policy will be in effect as daily attendance has to be reported to the NJDOE. The Parent Portal is a great resource for school information, grading, attendance and more. You can learn more about how to obtain an account through our parent learning series. http://bit.ly/EHTParentSeries
The district’s scaffolded model for Phase 1 for students with special needs will begin on September 14th. Here are the schedules for the programs:
Parents/Guardians are required to complete a daily health screening for their child who is attending in-person learning. This process will entail the completion of a daily health questionnaire prior to their child attending school. During Phase 1 parents/guardians will complete a Google Form that will be sent to them automatically every morning using School Messenger. In the event a response is not received by the school, an administrator or their designee will contact the parent/guardian to review the screening process. All teachers, staff, and students are expected to adhere to the Health and Safety guidelines that include social distancing, wearing of masks, and sanitizing of hands and surfaces.
A 20-21 Preschool Letter was mailed to parents on September 10th. Within the mailing specific information was provided for attending our in-person program that included health and safety protocols and the name of the child’s teacher. We look forward to seeing all of your children this Monday, September 14th.
We believe that all students – without exception – can achieve at high levels, and we are committed to ensuring each student’s continuous growth. Teachers are taking time building relationships with their students in order to provide relevant learning lessons for each student moving forward.
I appreciate your understanding during this unique time in education. We are doing our very best to meet the needs of our students and are embracing both parents and student inquiries and concerns. You are encouraged to send any questions that you may have to your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and/or child study team member. Using this contact process should provide you with relevant information. Social media comments are opinions and do not always represent the district's philosophy or practice and at times are emotional reactions to frustration. If you are not satisfied with the answers that you received at the building level, my central office team and myself are here to assist you. Items of concerns are always better resolved via live conversations. We stand by our mission to build healthy relationships with our community. Together we will continue to be #EHTStrong!
Yours in Education,
Kimberly A. Gruccio
GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES BY SCHOOL
The following link will allow students and parents to access each staff members Google Classroom Code. At the bottom of the spreadsheet the codes are listed by school on each tab. This link can also be found on our Virtual Learning - Parent/Teacher Resources Page. Additionally, each teacher should have their Google Classroom codes posted on their own webpage.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19Bp8GQfW3ILFk88Vps1_4qWQrhOHg_9i8GTPkw_JE0g/edit?usp=sharing
GOOGLE CLASSROOM: VIDEO RESOURCE
Need help joining your Google Classroom? This video explains how to find your EHT School District Google Classroom codes and how to add or "join" an active Google Classroom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzvUOJKkh3k&feature=youtu.be
GOOGLE MEET & GOOGLE CLASSROOM: VIDEO RESOURCE
For students looking to join their class for a live Google Meet session, this is a step by step of video of how to lactate and join the Meet from Google Classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=i6lgBOh1YpU&feature=youtu.be
ACCESSING STUDENT EMAIL (GRADES 6-12): VIDEO RESOURCE
Egg Harbor Township School District now offers an internal email address for students in grades 6-12. This video will demonstrate how to access student email from the district website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVutLPNRs9I&feature=youtu.be
COVID-19 WEBPAGE and RESOURCES
Covid-19 Parent Resource Webpage
For the latest parent resource information, announcement and quick links visit: https://www.eht.k12.nj.us/c_o_v_i_d19_-_parent_resources_and_information
GOOGLE RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Google for Education has a resource for parents/guardians to learn and navigate the Google Tools. Take a look at this pdf and click on the embedded links for tutorials and more: http://mvnt.us/m1112980
FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN: STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!
Egg Harbor Township School District is gearing up for the #ehtclassof2033! REGISTRATIONS are still being accepted for the 2020 school year, which will start with remote learning in September 2020.
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.
CLIMATE & CULTURE
We look forward to our Renaissance teams coordinating welcome back activities for our students and staff to start off the school year on a positive note. The culture of our schools will 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. All faculty and staff participated in equity training during our professional learning days. The high school multicultural club will be preparing to join the district equity committee to participate in collaborative discussions and event planning.
EHT PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT SET-UP
- Do you need an EHT Parent Portal account?
- Do you have access to log-in?
- Not sure how to request a Parent Portal account?
Follow the easy steps outlined in this video. Check out this short video to learn how to request an account. https://youtu.be/bL1Qqs8sNm4
INFINITE CAMPUS PARENT PORTAL: ACCESS to GOOGLE CLASSROOM & MOBYMAX INFO.
NJ DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
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 Johnny Roman, a Fitness Specialist: (Playlist) (Linked and Below)
COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS
Comcast will continue offering 2 months of free service to new Internet Essentials customers in response to emergency measures associated with COVID-19. For all new and existing customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased. Visit www.internetessentials.com/covid19 for more details.
EVERYONE COUNTS! EHT CENSUS 2020
The Census determines funding for schools, parks, infrastructure, health care, and more. The self-response rate for Atlantic County in 2020 is at 56.5%. Census Enumerators will begin "door knocking" next week through September 30th to those that haven't responded yet. It only takes a few minutes to complete online. Click here to fill out the Census now: https://2020census.gov/
For more information you can see all job openings and apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/eggharbor/onlineapp/
EHT TRANSPORTATION: JOB OPENINGS
WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14, 2020: MEAL DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION
Meal Distribution Plan UPDATE: For questions and concerns, please contact 609-383-1464 or email@example.com.
Our EHT Food Service Program will be providing free breakfast and lunch for all students on Mondays ONLY. We will be distributing food on Mondays which will include 5 days of breakfast and lunch. In order to reach as many of our EHT families as possible, we are also now providing DELIVERY to several areas in the township. Please access all the images in this post to view the meal distribution stops and times. Additionally, the PICK-UP locations at Davenport, Alder and High School will remain open from 7:30am – 11 am and will also be providing 5 days of meals on Monday only.
Empezando mañana, el programa de servicio alimenticio en EHT ahora proporcionará desayuno y almuerzo gratis para todos los niños que califiquen solamente los lunes. Entregaremos la comida los lunes, solamente. Cada caja incluirá el desayuno y el almuerzo por 5 días. Para poder llegar al número máximo de nuestras familias de EHT, entregaremos las cajas de comida en varias áreas del municipio. Favor de consultar su correo electrónico y / o visite el sitio web del Distrito y las redes sociales de @EHTNJSchools para saber donde estan las paradas y el horario de distribución de comidas. Además, los lugares de recogida en la acera estarán abiertos solo los lunes en Davenport, Alder y la High School de 7:30 am a 11 am y también proporcionarán 5 días de comidas.
Atlantic County Food Bank Resources
Free & Reduced Meal Program Information
VIRTUAL Board of Education Meetings
The Board of Education Work Session scheduled for Tuesday, September 15th will be held virtually. A live broadcast of the meeting will be accessible on the district homepage: 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
SESSION #1 AND #2 OF THE EHT SILVER EAGLES MARCHING BAND PREVIEW SHOWS
MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENT ATHLETES AND FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Our athletes will begin pre- season practices on September 14th after classes and the school day are finished. All student athletes and coaches are required to adhere to a health screening prior to joining any practice. A nurse and athletic trainer will be on site to conduct the temperature checks and questionnaire process. Athletes are reminded to come dressed and equipped for participation in practices. This includes having a personal water bottle. Coaches have been communicating with their teams through Google Classroom and have provided practice schedules and expectations for participation. Games will begin on or near October 1st. There will be no long trips, out of state trips, or state championships. The track and turf are closed until further notice and we ask for your cooperation in staying off the surfaces until a plan is in place.
Sept 14- Official Pre-season practice begin for all sports
Sept 28 - Tennis games can begin
Oct 2 - Football games can begin
Oct 1 - All other sports games can begin
Volleyball was moved to the Spring.
Good luck to all of our student athletes and band members as they embark on the 2020 Fall season ! Play with pride ! Do your best ! Reach your Goal!
GO EAGLES !
NJSIAA WEEKLY UPDATE MEMO: 9-4-20 (linked)
8-25-20 The Case for High School Sports (linked)
8-20-20 NJSIAA Updates Plan for Returning to Play (linked)
- NJSIAA builds on Return To Play plan, provides updates on fall sports season
- NJSIAA provides return-to-play guidelines - Phase 1
- 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."