The News Flash

The Florence Township School District - BACK TO SCHOOL

Welcome Back Gold Week Students

This past week we happily welcomed back our Blue Team students! We made a few adjustments and learned a few things along the way! Now, we welcome back our Gold Team students on Monday, September 28th -- we can't wait to see you too!

Below we have detailed various points of information regarding our schools' significant changes and some important dates & events. As always, we thank you for your continued support during this time and implore you to direct any questions/concerns you have regarding your child's learning to the classroom teacher or building administrator to assist.

HYBRID SCHEDULE

Please see the district website for more detailed information for your child's building and daily schedule.


Roebling Elementary School

8:15 - 8:30 Staggered Drop Off time

8:30 - Homeroom begins/Virtual students log on

12:50 - 1:05 Staggered Dismissal


Riverfront School

7:50 - 8:05 Staggered Drop Off time

8:05 - Homeroom begins/Virtual students log on

12:25 - 12:40 Staggered Dismissal


Florence Township Memorial High School

7:25 - 7:40 Staggered Drop Off time

7: 40 Period 1 (or 5 on B-Day)/Homeroom begins/Virtual students log on

11:55 - 12:10 Staggered Dismissal


REMINDER...

Check out these helpful charts & videos on Genesis, Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and Google Apps. FTSD classes are live this year whether you are at home or in the classroom! Student attendance is mandatory. While your child is working remotely, please encourage them to be attentive and continually refer to the guidelines below created to highlight the FTSD expectations and recommendations for virtual learning.


If at any time you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher and/or building administrator. Throughout the year we will continue to provide additional resources and helpful links as we look to work together to have a successful school year!


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSPznwN20jjmwoV-qzFPh5x1lIsnK4P6OfSOBEyYjqLY1yZkMpEbZvGhXgfQ8Z9m4OBTK9ReUKr57tL/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000

Sports Spectator Expectations, Tickets and Policies:

It's about that time! We're officially kicking off our FTMHS Fall Sports season with our first scheduled games starting next week. All sports schedules can be found at https://florence.rschoolteams.com/ and we hope you'll come cheer on our Flashes! With that being said, below is a rundown of what to expect when attending the games:


Who May Attend

  • Spectators will be permitted at athletic events

  • Please limit your attendance to 4 adult family members per athlete

  • Minor dependents may attend if accompanied by a parent/guardian

  • Students wishing to attend must be accompanied by adult family and be under that adults direct supervision

  • We reserve the right to adjust these policies, if and when the circumstances change

Spectator Expectations

  • All spectators must wear a face covering with on school grounds

  • Please maintain your social distance from family members in different households

  • Family members who live together do not need to distance from each other

  • Social distancing signs are posted throughout the facility as a reminder

  • If you are not feeling well or unable to follow or social distancing procedures, you are not permitted to attend that event

  • We reserve the right to adjust these policies, if and when the circumstances change

Facilities

  • There will be no indoor access, bathroom use will be permitted in the football stadium field house

  • Bleachers have been removed from the field hockey and soccer fields to promote social distancing

  • Please bring your own chair for field hockey and soccer events

  • For soccer and field hockey events please sit behind the green poles to leave a safe distance for our players

  • No concessions will be sold

  • We reserve the right to adjust these policies, if and when the circumstances change

Ticket Procedure (Field Hockey and Soccer)

  • No tickets will be needed

  • We reserve the right to adjust these policies, if and when the circumstances change

Ticket Procedure (Home Football Games Only)

  • We are limited to a 500 max capacity at our facility

  • It must be a 60/40 split (300 tickets home team, 200 tickets away team)

  • Ticket Costs:

    • $4 adults

    • $2 students (Grade K-12)

    • Free Senior Citizens (Over 60)

  • Ticket Purchasing

  • Our goal is to get family members of football, cheer, and band priority purchasing opportunities with this system

    • 200 tickets will be given to the away team for sale at their discretion. They will have from Monday to Thursday to sell tickets.

    • Any unsold tickets will be returned to us and sold at the door.

  • 300 tickets will be sold for home sales. Below is the breakdown of how home tickets will be sold:

    • Monday & Tuesday (of game week) - Football, Cheer and Band families can purchase a max of 2 tickets

    • Wednesday & Thursday (of game week) - Anyone/Fall teams can buy an 2 tickets

    • Please have your child bring an envelope to the screening tent clearly labeled with the following:

      • Name of Child

      • Number of Tickets

      • Type of Tickets (Adult,child, etc.)

      • Amount Enclosed (cash only)

  • Any unused home and away tickets will be sold at the door

  • There will be a strict enforcement of a no re-entry policy during home football games

  • Once we hit our 500 max. in ticket sales we will be forced to close entry to the event

  • Everyone will need a ticket to enter

  • We reserve the right to adjust these policies, if and when the circumstances change

FTMHS PICTURE INFORMATION

Please Click link for full details regarding FTMHS picture day on October 1st.

RIVERFRONT PICTURE INFORMATION

September 29th is Picture Day for the Gold Group.

FULL remote students...please see schedule below for pictures. Everyone should have received your picture day flyer during materials pickup day, however it is highly encouraged to place your online order prior to your child's scheduled day.

For ordering online:

  • go to mylifetouch.com
  • use Picture ID #EVTCC3DV8
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ROEBLING PICTURE DAY INFORMATION:

October 2nd is Picture Day for the Gold Group.

Full Remote students by appointment in PM.

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Health Screening Form IS A MUST:

REMINDER...All students and faculty MUST complete the online health screening form each day! This form is available 6:00 p.m. prior to the school day and for the safety of our students and staff it must be completed prior to the child arriving on campus each day. If the form is not completed, your child should not report to the school building. We do understand that completing the form daily may be an inconvenience; however, it is for the safety of all students and staff.


TIP: Set a reminder on your phone so you remember to do it each day!


The student form located in the Genesis Student Management System must be completed prior to your child arriving each day.

To obtain the form:


To make a shortcut of the website on a smartphone:

  • Go to the Safari app on your smartphone and in the search area type in https://parents.genesisedu.com/florence

  • Go to the bottom of the screen and click on the following icon

  • Scroll until you see the option (Add to Home Screen)

  • This will add the website icon to your main screen for easy access.

Transportation Update:

Parents picking up at FTMHS should park in the athletic parking lot only!


For students being bussed, prior to entering the bus please:

  • Download the "Here Comes the Bus app!"

  • Arrive at your bus stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup;

  • At the bus stop, students must remain 6 feet apart;

  • All students must wear a face mask at the bus stop and throughout the bus ride;

  • Face masks must be worn throughout the school day.


Please note that we are operating at a decreased capacity due to social distancing safety protocols and there will only be 22 students per bus. There may be some delays as we navigate this new schedule, however if you have questions or concerns, please contact the Transportation Office directly at (609) 499-4620 ext. 4711 or 4712. Thank you for your cooperation!

Get your Breakfast & Lunch:

The USDA has extended the District's ability to distribute FREE MEALS TO ALL FLORENCE SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS through December 31, 2020 "or until the funds run out." Because this distribution will end by December 31, families are encouraged to apply now for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2020-2021 school year.


If you would like your child(ren) to receive breakfast & lunch you MUST sign up in advance by clicking on the "Virtual Breakfast/Lunch" tab on the school district website www.florence.k12.nj.us. We are preparing meals based on the signup sheet so it is mandatory to complete the form if you want your child(ren) to receive meals.

  • Students ordering lunch/breakfast and who are present in the building each day will have the lunches/breakfast delivered to their last period class each day they are in session. Please note the child(ren) will receive their lunch for the day and breakfast for the next morning in one bag.

  • Virtual students (a virtual week or parental request to be virtual) may order bulk lunch/breakfast for the week. Lunches/breakfast will be available for pickup on Mondays between 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Riverfront School cafeteria.

  • A list of menu items can be found on the school website under “Cafeteria.”

BEFORE/AFTER CARE PROGRAM

We still have openings for our EMP/EDP Care. This service is available starting Monday, September 21st to our school district children on the days they attend hybrid learning. Please complete the registration link at https://forms.gle/Htm76WBXdhNWpwtz6 or contact the EMP/EDP Coordinator at gdunphy@florence.k12.nj.us if you are interested in enrolling your child for our childcare services.

PSATS -- OCTOBER 14TH

The PSATs will be administered at the High School on Wednesday, October 14th. The administration of this test will affect our schedule for that date. Please click on the following link for more information: https://bit.ly/2Hp0wa5

FTSD Equity Advisory Committee:

Our District is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable school experience for students, staff members, and community stakeholders. The District believes that, "Schools that are effective with all their students believe that schools are enriched when they reflect the diversity of society and when all learners become integral members of the learning community. Inclusive schools also promote inclusive decision-making and participation in their school, creating a variety of avenues for parents, staff, and students to become part of the governance structure."

Here is a video featuring our District's administrative team on the importance of equity in our school system: https://bit.ly/3iUafmW

Thank you to the parents/community members who expressed interest in the District Equity Advisory Committee. As a panel member, you will help drive our districtwide focus on creating a more inclusive and equitable school experience for students, staff members, and community stakeholders. We look forward to meeting soon!