• The district submitted its "Return to School" Plan to the Department of Education on July 31.  Our plan indicates we can meet all of the health and safety guidelines outlined in "The Road Back." As such, we plan to proceed with our hybrid option of split AM/PM sessions barring any major shift in state policy or health conditions.  At this point, approximately 90% of families have selected the hybrid learning option over remote only.  Please review below for key health and safety information.  
    • There have been minimal new COVID-19 cases reported by the Bergen County Health Department in Upper Saddle River for more than seven days.  The total positive number for the town is currently 53. 
    • The NJ Department of Health published recommendations on Friday, August 13.  This document provides local school districts with guidance about assessing risks when exposed to COVID-19 and a corresponding response plan.  Any individual who is in close and prolonged contact (within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) will be quarantined for 14 days.  More than one case at a time within a school will likely force the district to shut down for a period of time.  The district will adhere to all of the recommendations published by the NJDOH.  
    • The district is making a few revisions to our Return to School Plan based on new health information, including: 1) any person who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms from our screener will need to get a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to school, 2) gaiters are no longer included in the option of acceptable face coverings, and 3) the district has purchased enhanced PPE for staff and students who are either in high risk categories or are more susceptible to exposure. 
    We are offering a number of resources for families transitioning back to a very different start to the year. 
     
    Parent Seminars: August 24 - September 1 (Registration available on the district web page and email blast on August 19)
    Virtual programs will be led by school district administrators and counselors.  Each session will run two different times.  Session themes include:
    • Health and Wellness 
    • Technology Platforms
    • Best Practices in a Hybrid & Remote Learning Environment
    Back-To-School Communication: Available on the district web page and email blast starting August 21 - 26
    • Short informational student health videos prepared by our School Nurse 
    • Building tour videos showing health and operations for each school by our School Principals
    • Superintendent virtual town hall meetings: August 31, September 2, and September 4 (multiple sessions)
    • Maps and documents outlining entry/exit procedures
    • USR health screener 
    • Information about cleaning products/procedures and air ventilation system
     
    The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 8. Other correspondences typically sent before school starts will be available over the next two weeks. 

     

    Re-Entry Plan (pdf)