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Dr. Brian RepiciHOME OF THREE (3) NATIONAL GREEN RIBBON SCHOOLS
2020-2021 School Year Message
This school year will simply be different and we will appreciate working in concert with staff, students, caregivers, and the community at large. Working with you as partners will promote a sense of normalcy even though COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives and our educational offerings. Quite simply, we will need your cooperation, understanding, and patience. If numbers of COVID-19 cases spike in the local community or in the school community, we will have to shift how our students learn, possibly to an all-remote model. We do not want to have to do that, so it is up to all of us to do our part to keep everyone safe. If you feel ill, stay home, and work remotely.
The student experience, due to COVID-19, has shifted, but all is not lost. We are mindful of all those changes we implemented to mitigate COVID-19 exposure and will do everything we can to provide a safe environment for our students to learn and to prosper. I remind you to visit our COVID-19 webpage for all District updates. Thank you for your partnership.
PROMOTE STUDENT AND STAFF WELLNESS
For three school years, we have focused our energies on improving student and staff wellness through professional development, upgrading spaces to work-out gyms, increasing the safety and security of our schools, hiring additional counselors and changing some of their responsibilities, and adding curricula that address methods and strategies for students to manage emotions. We will continue this focus with supporting Wellness Committees in each school, which consists of school staff who are charged with devising ways to be focused on health and well-being.
This school year we are excited to launch our C.A.R.E. (Center for Alternative and Restorative Education) at Camden County College. The C.A.R.E. Program will provide students with a safe, supported, and comfortable learning environment designed to minimize distractions in a shortened school day while increasing students' abilities to self-regulate, be present in the moment, process information effectively, and demonstrate successful acquisition of knowledge. Participation in the C.A.R.E. Program requires either an application process with supporting medical documentation, recommendation by the building administration, or placement by the Child Study Team. All recommendations are subject to review by the district physician.
SECURITY UPDATESIf there is ever a need to immediately notify parents/guardians of an emergency situation, we will be utilizing the District webpage, the District Facebook page, and the Alert Calling System. Please make sure the schools have accurate and up-to-date contact information, including address, phone number(s) and e-mail addresses.
SCHOOL FACILITY RENOVATIONS
TRITON was built in 1956, HIGHLAND built ten years later, in 1966, and TIMBER CREEK was built in 2001. We take great pride in our school facilities, both inside and outside, as we believe that the schools should be extremely clean, safe, inviting and a source of pride in the community. We continue to upgrade our facilities so that our learning environments create conditions that optimize students' experiences.
This year we renovated the third floor of the Wolverton Library with the assistance of Camden County College in preparation to educate students in our C.A.R.E. Program. Due to COVID-19 and the reduction in State Aid, many other renovations were delayed. However, we still completed Phase II of Timber Creek's roof sealing, renovated Highland's D Hallway, changed theatrical lighting in Highland's auditorium, placed a drainage system in Highland courtyard adjacent to Highland's auditorium, and upgraded our security entrance scanning system at each school.Yours in education,
Dr. Brian RepiciSecretary: Mariellen Habina
Phone: 856-227-4106 Extension 8025