Superintendent's Message 3/23/20

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Dear Lawrence Families,
 
We have received a lot of questions about access to Genesis and grading during this time of remote instruction. Our decision to discontinue student and parent Genesis access, for the time being, stems from not wanting to contribute to stress present during these challenging, unprecedented and rapidly changing times. At this time, we do not want to focus on grades and grading and instead want to focus on providing remote instruction and a balance between schoolwork and shelter-in-place family life. It is incredibly difficult to assign grades or focus on scores while in this remote learning environment. Learning and instruction do not require grades. If we are out beyond April 14, 2020, we will reevaluate and determine what will best support our students' learning.
 
Additionally, the NJ Department of Education has not yet provided guidance to districts on grading or credits. This is a rapidly changing situation for the state as well and they respond to districts as they are able. As you can imagine, there are a lot of considerations.
 
Once again, thank you for your patience and flexibility. I'm proud of our staff and their hard work as they have responded on short notice as various demands surfaced. They, just like you, are dealing with their family environment while also working to do what's best for our students. We're in this together and hope that you understand our decisions are made based on what we feel to be the best direction at the moment. Together, we will get through this. #LawrenceStrong
 
With gratitude,
Ross
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