Caldwell School District Update
From Superintendent N. Shalene French
August 26, 2020
We are excited to welcome back our students Thursday as we begin the 2020-21 school year in remote learning.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adapt to providing instruction online during this time of substantial community spread of the COVID virus in Caldwell.
We will plan to provide distance learning at least through the first of October.
Some students will return for services
Distance learning will be different than last spring. One of the big differences -- we will be able to provide some in person services to small groups of students following safety protocols.
We will schedule -- and bus -- students in kindergarten through eighth grade to their schools in order to participate in important state reading assessments and in district reading and math assessments starting the week of September 14. In addition, sophomores and juniors will be scheduled to take the PSAT and SAT during September. We also expect some small groups of Career Technical Education (CTE) students in advanced programs to access equipment for their projects.
We will be providing in-person, small group services for students in our Special Education, English Learner, and Migrant programs.
Help us get all students back in school -- follow Health Care Providers advice
We want ALL students to return back to our schools for in-person learning in classrooms with their teachers, but that will depend on the level of community spread of the virus in our community.
Our dearest hope remains that our community will follow doctors’ advice -- wash hands frequently, keep 6 feet apart, wear face coverings, stay home when sick -- this will help decrease the spread of the virus.
School breakfast & lunch begin Thursday
All of our schools are offering free grab-and-go meals consisting of a breakfast and a lunch starting at 10:30 a.m. each day. These are for Caldwell School District students, including those in our online program. In order to pick up a grab-and-go meal, the student’s ID number will be needed.
Internet access remains a challenge
We are able to extend Wifi access to the parking lots of our schools to provide everyone access to a free site. We are working with our community partners on other options. In the meantime, parents and students should work with their teachers and schools.
Thank you again for your patience and flexibility as we all work to serve students during this time. Our ultimate goal is to get our students back in their classrooms with their teachers.
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Stay 6 feet apart. Wear a mask.
Dr. N. Shalene French
Caldwell School District Superintendent