Comets Soar Together!
Our District Vision
SWSD continues to follow our district vision of, "A community dedicated to inspiring life-long learners." We believe each student was made to serve a unique purpose. Our responsibility is to foster each student's potential and guide their academic, social, and emotional paths for their personal growth.
During the 2020-2021 year, our school community came together and did all that we could to promote this vision among the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a combination of on-site and remote instruction, we saw students learn and grow. We maintained alignment with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, and made sure social-emotional considerations were always a priority. Our teaching staff embraced new instructional strategies, our students met challenges and continuously made us proud with their resiliency, and our families offered ongoing support to our schools. All that was learned during that time will help guide us moving forward.
This plan is meant to help assist families as we plan to enter the 2021-2022 school year. Along with reflecting on lessons from last year we will consistently review current guidelines, data on the status of COVID-19 in our community, and input from public health officials, educators, parents, and others. It is important to note that aspects of this plan will need to be updated or changed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and new guidance is provided. Therefore, necessary updates will be made according to information provided by local public health officials, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and applicable federal, state and local agencies. We will also closely monitor the effectiveness of all procedures within each building. We will inform all members of the school community of changes as soon as they occur.
21-22 Foundational Plans
We want to ensure the health and well-being of all students, families, and staff members. The following are how we plan to adhere to that planning:
Make all decisions with health and safety as our top priority.
Work collaboratively and cooperatively as one district unit towards the same guiding purpose among students, families, and staff.
Maximize student learning through best practices within our classrooms and, if needed, with the implementation of remote instruction.
Remain flexible and positive when responding to changing guidance from state, public health, and county leaders in response to ongoing changes due to COVID-19.
We often refer to the term of, "It takes a village to raise a child," when working in education. Now more than ever it is imperative that SWSD support one another within our village. Our district and school leadership will continue to take diligent actions to promote a safe school community and one where students are provided every opportunity to maximize their learning potential. In order for the year to be effective, it is important that each student, parent, staff, and member of the community take each request of responsibility with seriousness. We will respectfully continue to ask that everyone do their part to help protect each other. By working together we can support our students and have a successful school year.