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SOMSD Newsletter: Post Break Updates | 12.30.21

District to Offer Additional MediMobile Covid-19 Testing Dates Starting on Tues., January 4 During Virtual Learning Week

MediMobile will be offering *additional COVID-19 testing on the dates below. We encourage families to have their child(ren) tested before returning to in-person instruction on Mon., January 10.

  • Tues., January 4th - 3 pm to 6 pm*
  • Wed., January 5th - 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Thurs., January 6th - 3 pm to 6 pm*
  • Fri., January 7th - 3 pm to 6 pm*
  • Sat., January 8th - 9 am to 3 pm

Please note: County Megasite testing/vaccination locations are also open in Livingston, Newark and West Orange for more info visit:

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County Megasite Testing/Vaccination Sites Open in Livingston, Newark & West Orange

We encourage our SOMSD community to take advantage of testing opportunities (wait times may possibly be shorter) available at local Megasite locations. For more information on Essex County site visit:
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Lunch Distribution During Week of Virtual Learning

During the week of virtual learning, January 4 - 7, student grab-and-go lunches will be available for pick-up at Columbia High School (CHS), Seth Boyden Elementary School and South Orange Middle School for any District student from 10:30 am to 1:30pm. Pick-up addresses are:

  • Columbia High School: 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood
  • Seth Boyden Elementary School: 274 Boyden Ave., Maplewood
  • South Orange Middle School: 70 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange
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It is the responsibility of the staff member who tests COVID-19 positive, or the parent of the student who tests COVID-19 positive to notify the principal who notifies the superintendent. The local DOH is notified and they conduct Contact Tracing.

The District to Begin 2022 School Year All-Virtual Starting on Jan 4 with a Return to In-Person Instruction on Jan. 10

Post-winter break, in order to protect the health of staff and students, we will begin the 2022 school year with virtual instruction. Beginning on Tuesday, January 4, ALL students and staff will transition to all-virtual instruction. All staff and students will return to school for in-person instruction on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Click the link to view the full letter that was sent to the SOMSD community on December 22:

Post Winter Break Virtual Instruction & Reminders for PreK - 12 Families: Accessing CANVAS, Technology, PowerSchool, Seesaw and More

Dear SOMSD Families,

The South Orange Maplewood School District recently announced that we will conduct virtual instruction for all students immediately following the Winter Break. As a result, we will continue to rely heavily on our Learning Management System, Canvas to deliver instruction during the January 4th - January 7 virtual school days. While we know that many of our families are very comfortable with Canvas, below you will find information that should help you access your child’s (and your) Canvas accounts if needed.

Click the following link for details on how to access Canvas (for students/parents); PowerSchool; Google Suite; Seesaw and other technology related needs:

Please take a moment to ensure that you have access to your account. If you find that you require assistance please inform us immediately, understanding that most of the District will be closed during the holiday and winter break and staff will be on leave until January 4th. Therefore, any emails will be responded to upon school reopening on Tuesday, January 4. Thank you, wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

South Orange & Maplewood School District, Curriculum & Instruction Department

REMINDER: What To Do If Your Child Tests Positive for COVID-19 During Winter Break

As the District Holiday break is coming up and the District is closed from December 24 - January 3, during this break if your child tests positive as per laboratory test (home-based tests are not valid), please email the principal as per usual procedure (please also be mindful that building administrators are also on holiday break with their families and will not be as responsive to email communications).

If you receive a positive result on a home based test, please get a PCR or rapid antigen lab based test to confirm. All lab based COVID tests are reported to the local health department and a contact tracer will contact you. Contact the local health department if you do not hear from a contact tracer within 24 hours of receiving your positive test result. Contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Sidenote: If your child develops any COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your health care provider and request the child be tested for COVID-19. Find COVID-19 testing sites:

SOMSD 2021-22 Upcoming Events

  • December 24 - January 1: Holiday Recess
  • January 3: New Year's Day - District Closed
  • January 4: School Reopens to All-Virtual Instruction for all SOMSD Students/Staff
  • January 5: BOE Reorganization Meeting
  • January 10: In-Person Instruction Resumes for SOMSD
  • January 10: Special Board Retreat - Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Training @ 6:30 (Hybrid)
  • January 17: MLK - District Closed
  • January 24: BOE Public Meeting, BOE Building, 7:30pm
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