WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Mayor Keith Kazmark and School District Dr. Michele Pillari hosted a Town Hall virtual Facebook Live Thursday, May 7 where they spoke about a number of topics.
The School District is working to plan an in-person graduation for Memorial Middle School’s 8th grade class of 2020, maintaining distancing and incorporating other requirements that could be in place in late June. There currently are no specific plans, as they are not yet determined. The District is awaiting guidance from the state as to what will be permissible.
“We’re working on an opportunity to come together in a safe way,” Dr. Pillari said. “That is our priority.” She noted that feedback received from parents was mostly against a virtual-type ceremony. Caps and gown, as well as diplomas and awards, for the students are on order.
Mayor Kazmark said the Borough is fully committed to support the School District with planning or assistance as needed, such as Police Department on-site support.
“There's no playbook to plan an event in this situation we are in. However, there is a tradition,” Mayor Kazmark added, recalling his own graduation from Memorial School. “We want to keep that tradition that is so important to these families.”
Other updates provided by the Mayor and Dr. Pillari:
- Pre-K and kindergarten moving up ceremonies are not set in stone yet. Parents should await information from their teacher once plans are made.
- Last day of school is June 17.
- Memorial yearbooks will be out in June and directives for pick-up will be forthcoming. Charles Olbon School and Beatrice Gilmore School yearbooks are still in progress and will be finished in the summer and distributed the first week of school in September.
- Field trip payments that were made prior to the schools closing are in the process of being refunded.
- Kindergarten orientation will be rescheduled to some time in August.
- The Borough has received no directives from the state regarding summer camp and is continuing to register as normal. Refunds will be given if camp is canceled or altered.
- Directives on how personal items in the building can be picked up and items belonging to the district can be returned will be forthcoming.
- ESY (Extended School Year) will still take place, however it is uncertain at this time whether it will be virtual or in person.