March 12, 2021
Dear Parents and School Community Members,
At last night’s Board of Education meeting, the board’s architectural firm presented its assessment of current educational spaces and potential enhancements for the schools. This was a follow-up to the February 25 presentation, which focused on the assessment of the physical plant and mechanical equipment. Both presentations are on the district website. We also presented the Tentative Budget for 2021-22, and that slide show is on the website, too. I encourage you to review all three presentations and join us at the next board meeting on March 25.
I also explained last night that we continue to explore the next steps in our efforts to increase in-person instructional time. We are working with the staff on logistical challenges and will be working with the board committees next week to examine and evaluate options. It’s important to emphasize here that the state department of health and our local health official are still recommending six feet of social distancing, which is a significant obstacle for combining cohorts at the middle school, where the in-person numbers vary more widely than at Bayberry and where the schedule is very different. I plan to provide more information and detail at the next board meeting on March 25.
With spring break around the corner, I want to emphasize that the state is still discouraging travel, and we will be following the recommended quarantines for students after any travel beyond the immediate region (NY, PA, CT, DE). Though the data continues to signal improving conditions, the vaccine rollout has not kept pace and we have had three more positive test results this week. Let’s continue to be vigilant to keep our community safe.
Finally, we are pleased that we will be running modified spring sports at Valley View. A message from the school went out to students and families earlier today. And on the topic of sports, we are working with the Watchung Little League to make sure Phillips Field is accessible and ready for the kids to play this spring. We also have made arrangements for the annual volleyball camp at Phillips Field to proceed.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Have a great weekend.
Very truly yours,
George P. Alexis