Over a month ago, in the wake of the national COVID-19 pandemic, all schools in New Jersey closed their doors. This 'new normal' for students in school districts here in New Jersey may more than likely keep students out of school for the remainder of the year. 

For students to better cope with remote learning, teachers and leaders at the Community Charter School of Paterson (CCSP) are doing what they can to keep their students actively engaged with the school community.

“During this crisis, our entire staff is playing active roles with keeping our students and families connected," Curtis Palmore, CEO, said. "Teachers are making daily phone and dojo messages to check on student progress and emotional needs, web video calls are used daily to teach concepts, and special videos have been made to bring CCSP to our student homes.”

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At CCSP’s elementary campus, Assistant Principal Charlotte Marler Hausen, creates a daily Youtube video to share the school’s morning announcements and a special message connected to the school’s social and emotional program. In this message over 500 students have access to the same familiar face that greeted them every day during morning arrival.  

The middle school campus also has a YouTube video entitled, “CCSP Middle School's CougarCorner.” that principal Mr. Bussacco, said is a weekly opportunity for students and the community "come from the different corners of our homes and share our lives and experiences.”

Finally, CCSP’s Director of Curriculum of Instruction, Dr. Schneider has honed her filmmaking skills by creating weekly parent videos to ensure that parents receive important updates on District and State COVID-19 planning. These are all examples of the special work from CCSP that has been inspired by this national crisis. CCSP educators are exploring other ways to keep students connected as the nation works through this pandemic!