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HS Parent Message December 17, 2021
Sally Lopez
Friday, December 17, 2021

High School Parent Message 

December 17, 2021

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Important Dates 

Dec 22: HS Choral Concert @ 7:30 pm

Dec 23: Early Dismissal 

Jan 3: School Resumes

Jan 5:   2022-2023 HS Program of Studies Presentation

Jan 26: Early Dismissal/Professional Development (DISTRICT CALENDAR CHANGE)

  

Staying Home When Sick:  

Just a reminder as we approach the holidays… If your child has symptoms, please keep them home.  Our school nurse has no way of being able to tell if a sore throat, or headache, or stuffy nose, or fever is a common cold or COVID.  As a result, students exhibiting these symptoms at school will be sent home and not allowed to return until they test negative for COVID.  It does not matter whether they are vaccinated or not.

NJDOH recommends that students stay home with: 

 Any one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or taste. 

OR

Any two of the following symptoms: fever (measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose; 

If your child is kept home as a result of illness, please call the attendance line: 609.298.3900 x 2029.

So help us help you, if your child is ill, please keep them home.  Save yourself a trip to pick them up from school.

 Any questions, please contact our school nurse. 

 

Start Strong Assessment Results

Earlier this school year, students participated in New Jersey’s Start Strong Assessment to assess a subset of priority standards from the prior school year. The district will soon mail the 2021 Start Strong Individual Student Reports (ISRs), which are also available in the NJ Parent Portal at nj-results.pearsonaccessnext.com. The claim code on the ISR will be needed to access results.

 

High School Program of Studies and SAVE THE DATE for Presentation

The 2022-2023 High School Program of Studies is now available on the HS Counseling website

Course selection for 2022-2023 begins in January. 

Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: High School Main Cafeteria

The program will be recorded.

 

Early Dismissal of Students

Please be advised that no student under the age of 18 can sign themselves out from school early even if they are drivers. As per our Board of Education Regulations: 

5230 LATE ARRIVAL AND EARLY DISMISSAL

No pupil under the age of eighteen shall be released from school before the end of the school day except in the presence of the pupil's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or an agent of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).


Boosterpalooza

See this flyer for more information!


Bathrooms

Please be advised that in order to better monitor use of the bathrooms, we are requiring students to sign in on a sheet prior to entering. We are also monitoring the number of students entering the bathroom based on the available facilities. 


Burlington County COVID Vaccination Sites

The CDC continues to recommend vaccination as the best way to prevent the spread of COVID.  Please see this flyer regarding more information on vaccination sites in Burlington County..


Spectators

We appreciate anyone who wants to support our winter sports teams.  However, students who wish to watch one of the winter sports teams must go home and return with a responsible adult who stays with them while they watch an after school event.


Charging Chromebooks

Please make sure your child is bringing his/her chromebook to school on a daily basis and that it is charged in the evening.  It’s 2021, coming to school without a charged chromebook is like coming to school in 1985 without a trapper keeper and a pencil.

 

Instructional Supports for Students in Quarantine

    In addition to watching the lesson and interacting with individual teachers during prep/resource periods, a schedule of virtual instructional support has been available since November 8th. The support program will be evaluated at the end of November. The Counseling Office will email impacted students and families with the meeting schedule and links.


Travel guidelines

While the CDC recommends delaying travel until individuals are fully vaccinated, New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect.  Subsequently, mandatory post-travel quarantine is not required for domestic, out of state travel, within the United States.  Therefore, NB will recommend that, for 14 days after travel,  individuals self-monitor for COVID-19 compatible symptoms such as cough, breathing difficulties, loss of taste &/or smell,  fever, chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose, and isolate and get tested if any symptoms occur.


Masks

Students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks while in school.  We are grateful for the attention given to this requirement and cooperation in this regard.  

 More recent CDC guidelines regarding masks have been posted and these are noted below:

 Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19

  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

  • CDC does not recommend the use of gaiters or face shields. Evaluation of these face covers is on-going but effectiveness is unknown at this time.

Per the CDC guidelines, gaiters are not recommended at this time because of questionable effectiveness.  Furthermore, since masks must be secured under the chin, traditionally worn bandanas are not considered effective either.  As a result, students, staff and visitors may not wear bandanas or gaiters as a mask while in school.  Disposable masks will be provided for those who do not bring an acceptable mask to school.  Students who do not comply with proper mask wearing will be sent home. 


COVID Monitoring 

Our school nurse wanted to remind parents to screen their children DAILY for symptoms before sending them to school.  Parents/caregivers should monitor their children for signs of illness every day as they are the front line for assessing illness in their children. Students who are sick should stay home from school and call the attendance line: 609.298.3900 x 2029

NB 2021-22 Covid-19 Dashboard 

Burlington County Covid Vaccination Sites

Please see this flyer regarding more information on vaccinations. 


2021-2022 Yearbook

Pre-order the 2021-2022 yearbook at jostensyearbooks.com 


2020-2021 Yearbook

Limited copies of last year's yearbooks are still available for purchase. Please contact Tina Kim,  tkim@nburlington.com  for details.


PTSC 

PTSC and Amazon Smile:  The Parent Teacher Student Connection (PTSC) has an Amazon Smile account for any community members who would like to support the PTSC while shopping online.  Simply go to http://smile.amazon.com  and search for the "Parent Teacher Student Connection" in the list of organizations (it is listed as being in Columbus, NJ) and then go through that portal to do your Amazon shopping.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of all purchases to the PTSC.  Please email nburlingtonptsc@gmail.com with any login questions.


Assessment Schedule 2021-2022

During the course of the school year, students will participate in various standardized assessments. Assessment Information and NB’s Assessment Schedule is available on the website: http://nburlingtonnj.apptegy.us/o/nbc-rsd/page/student-assessment--3 


Senior Parking

Please find the link below for the 2021 – 2022 Senior Parking Application that can be accessed in Google Classroom. 

 

Clinical Corner Spotlight:

  • Self-Care for Parents During this Holiday Season - It is common during the holiday season to be reminded about the need to take care of oneself and to find ways to cope with the inevitable stressors. This year, however, the usual holiday stress is complicated by the economic, psychological, and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst all the bad news, we have also been showered with lists of suggestions for self-care. We have all seen enough lists of seemingly simple strategies for self-care to last a lifetime.  Are parents experiencing “burnout”?  The simplest description of burnout is too much stress and too few resources to cope with it. This imbalance can lead to common aspects of parental burnout.  Even under the best of circumstances the holiday season can cause stress, but this year we remain in the grips of the pandemic. Click the link to access the full newsletter: Self-Care for Parents During this Holiday Season

  • Express Genuine Emotion: It’s Worth It! By: Andy Pool, Ph.D. - Being a parent doesn’t mean you have to hide your emotions. In fact, many of your emotions may arise through your parenting experiences.  In fact, both parents and teens are better off if parents learn how to appropriately express the full range of emotions.  Consider reviewing the points in the article, both for yourself and as a model for the young people in your life: https://parentandteen.com/expressing-emotion/

  • Lunchtime mental health check-ins - #Lightentheload #feedyourmind - Mental health check-ins will be available at the High School on Tuesdays and Middle School on Wednesdays, starting December 7th during ALL lunch periods 7, 9, 11, and 13 for any students that want to attend.  This allows for a small group of students (15 max, first come first serve) to drop in and have lunch with peers and a counselor. This is an opportunity to safely talk about mental health concerns in a relaxed setting. We welcome students that are genuinely interested in participating.

  • Introducing NAMI Homefront Mental Health Resources For Military Service Members, Veterans And Their Families – here is a brief video about the resources: Video - NAMI Homefront MH Resources and here is the website to access those resources: https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Mental-Health-Education/NAMI-Homefront

  • Family Support Organization of Burlington County - Parents Helping Parents: Parents helping Parents can make the lives of families better by building stronger relationships and better communication. Please join the parent support group via Zoom on the first, third and fourth Thursday evening of each month from 6:30 to 8:30pm.  Please click the link to access the meeting:  This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime Join Zoom Meeting FSO Parent zoom link Meeting ID: 875 8951 4273 Passcode: 244506

  • Care Solace helps our Northern Burlington community find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their Care Companion™ team is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community. Students, staff, and families may access Care Solace services in two ways:

    • Call (888) 515-0595 at any time. Support is available in 200+ languages. A dedicated Care Companion™ will help you every step of the way to research options, secure appointments, and follow up to make sure it is a good fit.

    • For an anonymous search, answer a few questions to get matched with an extensive list of care providers at https://caresolace.com/site/nbcrsd 

  • COMING SOON in FEBRUARY 2022 - Group Counseling for students after school - Northern Burlington School District has collaborated with First Children Services (FCS) to provide therapeutic mental health services in-person to our student via group counseling.  This is a free 8-week group in-person after school support group for students to engage with a licensed clinician and their peers to discuss various topics in a safe space setting. The main topics will include anxiety/stress management, emotional regulation, gaining self-awareness, self-esteem, friendship and relationship issues, communication skills, and coping skills.  If you are interested in having your child participate or have questions about the group, please contact your child’s School Counselor. Spaces are limited.  Dates to be determined.

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                                                                                                                                                                           

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

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