Superintendent's Message 11/5/20

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November 5, 2020

Dear Lawrence Parents/Guardians,

On October 12th and 26th, we brought kindergarten and small groups of special education students back into our classrooms. I am pleased to report that their return to district has gone well. Students in grades 1 to 3 whose parents selected the hybrid option will join us in district on Monday, November 9th. We are SO looking forward to seeing them as well as all remaining students in the hybrid option on November 30th. I thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate a return to school. 

Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies

With students and staff returning to our buildings, you may wonder what safety precautions we have taken. Click on the link in the above title to learn about our preparations. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please remember that we have postponed the usual fall parent/teacher conferences. We will let you know once we have set new dates.

Social Distancing and Mask Wearing

As is reported throughout the media, COVID-19 cases are spiking and a regular flu season is fast approaching. I ask that you continue to be vigilant and take all measures to protect yourself and others as we try to control the potential spread of the pandemic within our community. Please support our efforts to keep students and staff safe by encouraging everyone to observe the basic guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) including social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing hands frequently, both inside and outside of school.

For more guidelines, please consult the LTPS COVID-19 Parent/Student Handbook - 2020-2021. Questions about information in the handbook should be directed to your school nurse.

14-Day Travel Quarantine

November and December routinely bring several breaks from school. Between the New Jersey Education Association's two-day convention and the Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, there are many days when families travel, get together with people outside of our area, and take advantage of schools being closed. Please remember that there is a 14-day quarantine for out of state travel, as outlined by New Jersey’s Quarantine Advisory. The 14-day quarantine applies to travel from certain areas identified as those that have a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average ("impacted states."). To protect our students and staff, we will adhere strictly to the State guidelines. Thus, students and staff who travel to states on the advisory list or internationally must stay home for 14-days. Additionally, children of parents having COVID-19-like symptoms should also quarantine for 14 days. Quarantined students in the hybrid instruction model will be on remote instruction during their quarantine. 

As always, I appreciate your patience and support as we work together to keep our community safe. Please direct your questions to me at rkasun@ltps.org.

With gratitude,

Ross Kasun, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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