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february 2020

Health Advisory

As you are already aware, the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is being monitored at the global, national, state, and local levels. We are working with all agencies to better understand the nature of the situation in order to determine what we can do to protect our school community.

Our nursing staff is maintaining close surveillance of all illnesses in our schools and our custodians have been regularly cleaning desks, door handles, lockers and surfaces that might be a source of contamination. We have also received confirmation from the manufacturer of our disinfectant products that they are effective in killing the Coronavirus.

What you can do to help:

      • The best way to prevent infection is frequent hand washing and covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing.
      • Sick students/staff members with a fever should not attend school until they are free from fever without medication for at least 24 hours.
      • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
      • Please inform your school nurse if any student/staff member is traveling abroad and/or their family members returning from out of the country. The nursing staff will monitor these cases and contact families if necessary.

Additional Information and Resource Links:

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to your building nurse or principal. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in maintaining the health of everyone in our District.

Is anxiety affecting you and the people care about? Help break the stigma around anxiety and get the discussion started today.

On Tuesday, March 31 at 7 PM a screening of "Angst", a documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety, is open to all members of our school community. Check out the trailer to see what it's all about and visit HERE to RSVP.

february MEETING highlights

The February 27 Board of Education public meeting included several recognitions, recaps and discussions.

To begin the meeting, the Superintendent gave an overview of the Graduation Pathways Report pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.2(f) and the district's Student Safety Data Report submission per N.J.S.A. 18A:17-46.

The meeting also featured student artwork by Westwood Regional Middle School Art Students and recognitions that included Students of the Month for January, Eagle Scouts, and Seal of Biliteracy Achievements.

At the end of the regular business portion of the meeting, the draft 2020-2021 General Operating Budget was discussed in preparation for the preliminary adoption at the next meeting, March 12.

In addition, the Board engaged in a discussion regarding whether or not to proceed with the proposed Middle School schedule. At the conclusion of the discussion, the administration was given the green light to proceed with the new schedule along with the expectation that the scheduling analysis and implementation would continue and be monitored throughout the year.

Click HERE to view the agendas of our Board of Education meetings.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES REPORT

Each month at our public meeting of the Board of Education, our HS student representatives, Gabriella Dunay and Robert Lomer, report out on the exciting news and activity taking place at our Jr/Sr High School. Here's what they reported this month:

2/27 BOE Meeting

NEXT BOARD MEETING

March 12, 2020 at 7:30 PM: The meeting will include a mid-year progress report by the Superintendent of the 2019-20 District Goals and Strategic Plan as well as the adoption of the preliminary budget for the 2020-2021 school year to be submitted to the Bergen County Office of Education for review.

March 26, 2020 at 7:30 PM: The meeting will include student artwork, student of the month, eagle scout and winter season athletics recognitions.

STUDENT ARTWORK ON DISPLAY

Student Artwork on Display: Westwood Regional Middle School Art Students under the direction of Mrs. Karen Bloch: Emily Ryan (6), Madi Pincay (6), Mary Urban (6), Paul Lee (6), Liliana Venetura (6), Karly Peterson (6), Sophie Whalen (7), Reese Schultz (7), Olivia Falken (7), Sophia Mastroianni (7).

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Middle School: Amna Parez (gr 6) / Edwin Ramirez (gr 7)

Jr/Sr HS: Angelina Parrino (gr 8) & Hannah Steinfeld (gr 12)

EAGLE SCOUTS

Joseph Bergen (gr 12), Timothy Iorio (12), Jonathan Maul (12), Paul McClair (12), Thomas Rosta (12)

SEAL OF BILITERACY

The Seal of Biliteracy identifies students who have demonstrated proficiency in English and proficiency in at least one more world language according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency guidelines. This year the Westwood Regional Board of Education celebrated 33 students who earned this distinguished honor.

No new Board policies were approved at this meeting, however, any policies currently under review by the Board can found here and ALL final policies and regulations can be found on the district website under the Board of Education drop down menu.

CATHY hAYDEN

SPECIAL SERVICES

Occupational Therapist

important dates

2019-2020 upcoming dates

March

  • 12: Board of Education Meeting (Adoption of Preliminary Budget)
  • 26: Board of Education Meeting

April

  • 6-10: District Closed
  • 23: Board of Education Meeting (includes Budget Work Session)
REVISED WRSD School Calendar 2019-2020 (approved 042519).pdf

2019-2020 School Calendar

At the January 16, 2020 meeting, the Board approved the school calendar for 2020-2021. The calendar is attached for your reference and can be found on the district website, HERE, along with the NJ Department of Education list of religious holidays permitting student absence from school.

WRSD School Calendar 2020-2021 (approved 011620).pdf

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