RANDOLPH, NJ- Superintendent Jennifer Fano highlighted special weeks being celebrated in October across the district:
Week of Respect
School Violence Awareness Week
Red Ribbon Week
Ms. Fano provided a health update. She reported that Randolph Schools has had 6 positive cases as of October 12, 2020 (two students and four staff members). She provided a quick overview of the process for handling a probable or positive case identified by the Department of Health.
· The Randolph Department of Health notifies the District of a probable or positive case.
· District nurses work with the Randolph Health Department to begin the investigation of a probable or positive case.
· Contact tracing is conducted by the Health Department.
· Notification to anyone who may have been in contact with a probable or positive case will be notified by the Health Department or a District Nurse working to support the Health Department throughout the process.
Ms. Fano shared that the length of time required to conduct contact tracing is contingent on several variables. School attendance, transportation, and extracurriculars are just a few of the associations that might extend the scope of an investigation. She emphasized that the cooperation of the person/family is also critical with the procurement and dissemination of information. She recognized and thanked the district’s nursing staff, Ms. Ginny Maico, and the Randolph Health Department for their partnership.
Superintendent Fano shared an overview of the professional Day of Wellness for staff on October 12th. “Our district's focus on social and emotional wellness remains a priority,” Ms. Fano said. “We know that when we as adults take the time to focus on self-care and balance, we are in the best position to be positive role models for our students. We continue to look for ways to encourage our staff and students to make wellness a priority, especially during these unprecedented times.”
Ms. Fano shared that the district will be hosting a Virtual Parent Academy on October 21st and 22nd. Sessions will be facilitated by members of the district’s administrative team, instructional coaches, and interested staff members. She advised that a link to all sessions will be posted on the district’s website and shared with families on October 21st.
Assistant Business Administrator Stephen Frost advised that as of October 13th, all students can get free breakfast and lunch each school day. He advised that there are three options for obtaining meals:
- Student pick-up on in-person instructional days
- Parent pick-up on Mondays and Thursdays
- Delivery for families qualifying for free/reduced lunch
Mr. Frost also provided an update on child care sharing that at this time, it will not be offered as the district prioritizes the health, safety, and wellness of students and staff. He shared that the district will continue to re-evaluate this decision over time, with the next potential start date for child care beginning March 1st, 2021.
Director of Secondary Education and Interim Randolph High School Principal Jonathan Olsen shared graduation data for the Class of 2020 to fulfill New Jersey Regulation N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.2(f). That data can be found on the PowerPoint located on the district’s website.
“The district is proud of the job our staff does to prepare students to walk out of our doors ready for a new stage in their lives and congratulates all 400 graduates from the Class of 2020,” Mr. Olsen said.