BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district is working in two-week cycles as they are looking ahead to special events coming up at the end of the school year, according to Superintendent Russell Lazovick.
Lazovick said Tuesday that the district is working on the current situation and plans for the possible return to school, while following the governor’s direction and information from critical agencies.
“We are making our decisions on two-week cycles,” he said. “As an administration, we are also looking further out, for field trips, events and ceremonies.”
Lazovick said the staff is working to identify and plan alternative ways to enjoy events and ceremonies, including graduations, proms and field trips.
“Every effort is being made to hold special events in the safest way possible,” he said.
Board member Melanie Thiesse asked when the district can expect a vision for those kinds of events, particularly with deposits due for trips, non-refundable event dates and more.
Lazovick said building administrators have been reaching out to see what the options are. “Everything scheduled through May 1 at this point is canceled,” he said. “But we are looking at the teacher recognition ceremony, senior award ceremony, graduations and other events, and seeing how other school districts are doing them.”
Lazovick said that as much as people are saying things have to be considered long term, with the possibility of the quarantine lasting longer, they just don’t know what will happen, which is why they are making decisions on short-term two-week chunks.
“Hopefully we will be able to save as much of the school year and traditions as possible,” he said. “We are taking it one step at a time.”
But while distance learning continues as students return from last week’s spring break, Lazovick said they are asking everyone to focus on today.
The fourth marking period began Tuesday, he said, and the middle and high schools have moved to block scheduling going forward.
“We are doing this to minimize the amount of work students and families have to focus on each day,” he said. “The schedule is not meant to double the amount of work from one day to the next. The distance learning schedule is built to support everyone.”
Lazovick reminded everyone that this will be the platform for the foreseeable future, and students should continue to submit attendance by 10 a.m. each morning.
In addition, Lazovick said, the district is taking its role in supporting the health and safety of its students and staff with the utmost importance.
“Stay home as much as possible,” he said. “Monitor information from health experts and pay careful attention to yourselves and family members.”
Mental health will be a key aspect, Lazovick said, and they have been publishing resources on the district website from the onset.
“As the situation continues, we are here to help as a district,” he said. “We are committed to the learning of students.”
Lazovick said the resources are available for students, and the most important communications for the future will be coming from the teachers.
“Barring any emergent situation, district communications will now be out every Tuesday and Friday,” he said.
In addition, Lazovick said, counselors and their contact information are listed on the district page, and they have a caseload of students receiving all different kinds of support, depending on needs.
“We are trying to continue sessions if need be,” he said. “Other than that, we have teachers working with students on a regular basis, and talking to parents.”
“With the attendance form, when we have students who have not filled it out, we have a process for days one, two and three when we haven’t heard from families,” he added. “We are doing the best we can, and the staff has really stepped up.”
Lazovick said all the administrators are on Google Classroom too.
“They have been sharing and posting consistent resources based on the needs the students have,” he said. “Even over break, we still had people reaching out to make sure the students are doing OK.”