I understand that there has been some discussion here in our school community (and rightfully so) regarding mask wearing following Governor Murphy's sudden announcement yesterday via Twitter. Earlier today, school districts received clarification from the Governor's Office via email and I am happy to report that our school district's interpretation of the now infamous "Tweet" was spot on. Here's the statement Trenton issued this morning: "Masking protocols outlined in Executive Order No. 175, which are aligned with current CDC recommendations, remain in place. The Order includes an exception to masking requirements outdoors during periods of extreme heat. Additionally, the Order includes an exception to masking protocols in situations where wearing a mask would inhibit an individual’s health. Please be advised that the Governor has clarified that this indoor masking exception could reasonably be applied to situations in which a district determines, at its discretion and based on its assessment of the individual circumstances, that a period of extreme heat warrants students and staff to remove their masks while indoors to protect individual health. As always, unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks while participating in activities that include sustained contact with others, or when in a crowded setting."
Please note that your Washington Township Schools will continue to adhere to Executive Order #175 and to make exceptions when warranted based on daily temperature forecasts and indoor conditions during the final days of the children's school year. In the meantime, please continue to send your child(ren) to school with a mask. Rest assured your children will be well cared for while under the care and supervision of our esteemed faculty and staff.
Superintendent of Schools
On behalf of the Board of Education, we invite you to participate in the process to select our next Superintendent. The Board has engaged the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) to guide the Board on this important matter. Community input is a very important part of the process. We ask that you review the attached information, found HERE, provided by NJSBA and complete the SURVEY. Survey responses will be used to set criteria for the background, training, and experience necessary for finding the right fit for our district. We welcome you all to be a part of this very critical decision!
This afternoon school districts received a "tweet" authored by Governor Murphy which will provide WTS greater flexibility regarding indoor mask wearing. As a result, WTS will alter the mask requirement beyond its current mask break practices due to the warm weather forecasted for tomorrow (Tuesday June 8th) and Wednesday, June 9th. This will permit the removal of masks in the form of extended mask breaks inside any uncomfortably warm classrooms while still honoring physical distancing guidelines. Masks will still be worn on school buses as physical distancing is not always possible. Although masks are still required per New Jersey Executive Order, WTS will continue to make exceptions when warranted based on daily temperature forecasts during the final days of the children's school year. In the meantime, please continue to send your child(ren) to school with a mask as the exceptions granted to school districts are, currently, specific to warm indoor temperatures.
Click HERE to access a school-home communication from Superintendent Jeff Mohre which highlights a change in the NJ Travel Guidelines, the Superintendent Search, and the End-of-Year Early Dismissal Schedule. Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend with your families as we remember and honor the women and men who sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States military.
The Centers for Disease Control continues to make adjustments to its COVID-19 guidance based on improving conditions here in our United States; specifically, the wearing of masks when it comes to fully vaccinated individuals. As a matter of protocol, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDoH) will review the CDC's guidance as it has all year and continue to revise its recommendations for K-12 schools as it sees fit. Your Washington Township Schools will continue to partner with the Township's local Board of Health and the School District Medical Inspector in reviewing any revisions the NJDoH makes to its existing guidelines and effecting thoughtful changes accordingly. In the meantime, we will continue to practice the five core COVID-19 mitigation strategies at all schools as we strive for a successful finish to the children's school year. Thank you for your continued spirit of cooperation and support!
If your child will be five years of age on or before October 1, 2021 then s/he is eligible for kindergarten! New this school year is the Washington Township Schools online Kindergarten Registration Portal. If possible, please register by February 19th which will help WTS plan for the new school year! To register your child, simply click HERE. Once you have completed the online registration process the information you provide will be reviewed by your child’s school office. Once your registration information has been reviewed and is complete you will receive a confirmation email from your child’s school. If your child’s school has any questions about your registration, a member of the School Office Team will contact you. Should you have any questions please contact your child’s kindergarten registration contact person:
Benedict A. Cucinella School:
Mrs. McIlmail (908)850-3161
Mrs. Fichot (908)850-1010
Old Farmers Road School:
Mrs. Domareki (908)876-3865
Please note that the October 1 cutoff date is firm as set by Board of Education policy. To you and your child … Welcome to Kindergarten!
FREE LUNCH/SNACK PROGRAM TO CONTINUE
Washington Township Schools are pleased to announce that the District will continue to provide a lunch and snack to all students that choose to participate through the end of this school year. This program is being funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Pre-ordering is not required. Lunch menus are posted on the School’s website.
Bag lunches will continue to be available to students who would like a meal and snack to take home for Virtual Learning Days. There is no cost for the bag lunch and snack.
If you haven't already done so please “opt in” to the take home program by emailing the school cafeteria staff where your student attends.
Arrangements for picking up lunch and snack for students that are registered in the all virtual cohort can be made by contacting the cafeteria.
Cucinella - email@example.com
Flocktown Road School- firstname.lastname@example.org
WJ Kossmann - email@example.com
Old Farmers Road School - firstname.lastname@example.org
LVMS - email@example.com
The Washington Township Schools, a caring, involved 21st century learning community committed to excellence in education, ensures that all students are provided with an exciting, meaningful learning environment that enables them to become well-rounded, lifelong learners, who reach their full potential as responsible adults.
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM "Save the Date" LVMS 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM "Save the Date" LVMS 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Board of Education Meeting