Mark your calendars for the following dates:
Thursday, May 7th – SPECIAL BOE meeting - 3:00 PM (A link to the virtual meeting will be shared)
Thursday, May 21st – BOE meeting – 7:00 PM (A link to the virtual meeting will be shared).
Superintendent Search Update
As you know, the Little Silver Board of Education has been searching for a new Superintendent of Schools to lead the district. While there was a “Superintendent Search” QUICKLINK added to the district’s homepage, the process and timeline were impacted by COVID-19. March interviews were pushed to mid-April, with final interviews occurring the last week in April. The Board of Education is in the process of making a final decision and will hold a Special Meeting of the Board on May 7th to appoint and announce Little Silver’s next Superintendent of Schools. Given the delayed timeline, and contractual release clauses, the Board is prepared to hire a short-term interim for part of the summer should the need arise. A formal announcement from the President of the Board of Education will be forthcoming in the very near future.
Remote Learning Center for Little Silver Parents
This is a reminder that we continue tom post resources for parents under the Parent Quicklink on the district’s homepage.
Teacher Appreciation Week – May 4th – 8th
Since 1984, the National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. Little Silver teachers provide so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 4-8, 2020, we would like to show our gratitude to our staff by thanking them because their impact on the children extends far beyond the classroom walls.
Budget and Finance
The final budget presentation to the community will be posted on May 1st and can be found at: https://www.littlesilverschools.org/boe/budget-finance
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Letters to Parents
The April 28th Letter to Parents addressed a variety of different topics. If you have not yet read it, it is posted on the district’s homepage at: https://www.littlesilverschools.org/
On Monday, April 27th, Governor Phil Murphy unveiled his strategy for lifting COVID-19 restrictions. The plan, titled “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” does not specify a timeline, but instead outlines six key principles and benchmarks that will guide decisions on reopening the state.
Executive Order 131, issued April 28th, created a commission charged with advising the administration on the timing and preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown. “In order to restore economic health, we must first promote public health,” said Murphy. “Restarting New Jersey’s economy and returning people to work will be done methodically, strategically, and responsibly.” The governor’s stay-at-home Executive Order, which has been in effect since March 21st, will remain in effect in its entirety until further notice.
To date, there have been no details on school reopening. The plan does not address the topic of reopening New Jersey’s schools. On April 16th, the governor said schools would remain closed until at least May 15, and he has reiterated his intent to reassess the situation closer to that date. In a media interview on Monday (April 27th), he said there was still a chance the state’s students could return to classrooms before the end of this school year, but that the state would not “rush to reopen schools.”
The governor’s six-point plan involves at least 14 days of declines in new cases and in hospitalizations, increased testing capacity, and the implementation of a “robust” contact tracing system. The plan also involves “safe places and resources for isolation and quarantine;” the development of “responsible economic restart,” which includes creating a commission to advise on the process; and preparations for the possibility of a resurgence.
A one page description of the “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” plan can be found here.
Self and Family Care
During this very difficult time, students need social and emotional support. Parents are encouraged to explore https://good-grief.org/ for resources to support your family needs.
Did you know that the district continues to evaluate the effectiveness of our remote learning plan? We are in the process of administering surveys to students, staff and parents to inform the next phase of our instruction.