February 25, 2022 Dear Parents and Faculty: Recently, the Board has received emails from our students, faculty, and community regarding the district’s No Place For Hate program. I have responded to individual emails and now I see it more appropriate to send this message to our parents and our faculty. To be clear, the Board has never considered eliminating NB’s No Place For Hate club. Instead, the Board heard concerns from the public and is prepared to review these concerns. Much of what I present in this letter has been included in my individual emails to various stakeholders. In consideration of these emails as well as the concerns shared with the Board at its last Board meeting, I would like to share the following: - The Board strongly supports the mission of the school district: “Our schools will provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere where everyone is empowered to be a creative, independent, critical thinker, and a responsible citizen in a rapidly changing global society.” - We believe that all students have the right to an education in a safe and caring environment where learning is valued. - We believe in developing a culture that respects and honors the uniqueness of the individual and fosters responsibility toward the community while guiding students to meet their potential. Again, the Board has received complaints from community members regarding the program and some of its activities. In response to these complaints, the Board’s Curriculum Committee has been tasked to examine the program and discuss strategies and options to improve. Regarding the upcoming committee meetings, please know that all the discussions will be well informed. Informed dialogue is essential and the diversity of our stakeholder’s points of view is certainly critical to informed dialogue. The board and all its committees work to ensure all who attend the committee meetings are well informed. For example, we do intend to include club advisors for the meeting (s) to discuss the district’s No Place for Hate program. Again, in response to these complaints, the Board’s Curriculum Committee will be discussing the program with the administration and the advisors and considering strategies and options to improve the program where appropriate. The committee will share a progress report to the full Board in March. The Board and this administration are committed to maintaining and growing a school culture that respects diversity, demands equity, and welcomes inclusivity. As we continue to find ways to improve all our programs, we will also continue to include our stakeholders in the conversation. Sincerely, Dr. Sarruda
January 2, 2022 Good evening: Although we were looking forward to reopening school to in-person instruction on Monday January 3, it has become apparent that NB will need to pivot to remote learning this week. The district has just received approval from the Burlington County Office of Education and the Department of Health to do so. This request and subsequent approval is based on the positive cases and symptomatic numbers reported among our staff. These totals have changed significantly in the last 24 hours. It is essential that we are able to properly staff our schools with teachers, support staff, and administrators so that our students can have a safe and effective learning environment. At this time, it is clear that we are faced with a significant number of faculty and staff impacted by COVID which makes it impractical for us to adequately staff and implement our programs. As a result, we are forced to make the following changes to our schedule: Monday, January 3, 2022 will be a professional development day for faculty and staff, there will be NO SCHOOL for students. Tuesday, January 4 - Friday, January 7, 2022, will be remote instruction for students. Here are the details that parents/guardians can expect for this week: Monday, January 3 • Teachers will email all parents and students the directions for how to access classes for the remainder of this week • Teachers will also post directions in Google Classroom for how to join virtual classes Tuesday - Friday, January 4-7 • Teachers will be in-person, students will be remote • Teachers and students will follow a regular bell schedule with all classes meeting virtually each day • Attendance will be taken for each class • In cases where a teacher is absent, alternate plans will be posted for students on Google Classroom • Plans for lunch distribution will be forthcoming Monday, January 10 • Students return to in-person classes After-School Activities - 1/3/22 - 1/7/22: • In-person practices/games will resume for both the High School and Middle School. • Teams impacted by staff shortages will be notified by the coach via Google Classroom. • Students are expected to attend all in-person practices/games as regularly scheduled • Practices will start at approximately 3:00 PM, and end at approximately 5:00 PM • Games will start as per the RSchool athletic schedule found on www.nburlington.com • No after-school transportation will be provided. Students must secure rides to and from after-school practices. Transportation will be provided for off-campus games. • Spectators to after-school games are currently not limited. Face coverings must be worn. We will continue to closely monitor our numbers and keep you advised of any developments. Sincerely, James Sarruda, Ed.D Superintendent
December 20, 2021 Recently a notification letter was mailed to those individuals who may have been impacted by a data security incident suffered by the Northern Burlington County Regional School District. The letter you may have received from the Northern Burlington County Regional School District is legitimate. To date, we know of no misuse of any information. It is important that you review your notification letter closely. If your personally identifiable information (PII) was involved, the school provided important information about the incident, what information was involved, and what services Northern Burlington County Regional School District is providing to those whose personally identifiable information was involved to protect against the potential for identity theft or fraud. If on the other hand, your PII was not involved, you may have received a letter addressing unauthorized access to student records. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or “FERPA,” the school is required to document unauthorized access to student information in a student’s file. However, given the nature of this event, we deemed it appropriate to not only document the incident but also send a formal notification letter. Again, please be advised that to date, we know of no misuse of any information. If you have any further questions regarding the incident, please call the toll-free dedicated assistance phone line also known as the Call Center identified in the letter that you received. The Call Center is staffed with individuals who have the information available to answer your question(s). Thank you.
Care Solace: New Support Service NBCRSD continues to prioritize the mental health of our staff, students, and our families. This year, we are proud to partner with Care Solace, a mental health concierge service. If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance abuse, Care Solace can quickly find treatment options matched to your needs regardless of the circumstances. Disclaimer: Information on individual providers is based on search criteria such as geographic proximity and status of insurance. NBCRSD does not recommend, endorse, promote, or refer to any of the individual treatment providers. Care Solace’s multilingual team is available 24/7/365. Search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone. https://caresolace.com/site/nbcrsd
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NJ 211 is coordinating free rides to confirmed vaccine appointments through our United Way Worldwide Ride United and Lyft program. We currently have 9,550 free rides to disperse between now and July 2022. • Free ride available to and from confirmed vaccine appointments • Free ride to second confirmed vaccine appointment • Available statewide, wherever Lyft operates • Two options: Codes or Concierge Service Codes can be given to individuals so they can arrange rides themselves NJ 211 specialist can arrange the rides • Individuals with foldable wheelchairs or walkers can be accommodated • No eligibility requirements other than a confirmed vaccine appointment and vaccine site COVID Mobile Testing Schedule Ride United Vaccine Access
NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT WORK SESSION OF FEBRUARY 8, 2021 NORTHERN BURLINGTON COUNTY REGIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION Due to a weather emergency, notice is hereby given that the Northern Burlington County Regional Board of Education has POSTPONED the Monday, February 8, 2021 work session. The work session will now take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in the High School Media Center at 7:30 p.m. Richard Kaz, Jr. Business Administrator/Board Secretary
NOTICE OF BID OPENING POSTPONEMENT NOTICE TO BIDDERS – BID #21-101 BID OPENING POSTPONEMENT/RESCHEDULING Due to inclement weather, the bid opening date for the following RFP has been postponed and rescheduled as provided below. Bid #21-101 Network Equipment Rescheduled bid opening date: February 4, 2021, 2:00 PM Original bid opening date: February 2, 2021, 2:00 PM If you have any questions, please contact the Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Richard Kaz, at 609-298-3900 extension 2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org Richard Kaz, Jr. Business Administrator/Board Secretary
How to Download the App used in the Daily Screening Process Daily Screening: As we prepare for the gradual physical return of students to the school beginning September 28, it will be important that they are ready to complete the daily health screening process and temperature check. Any student who is not feeling well or has a fever should not attend school in person. Any time students physically attend school, they will need to complete the health questionnaire as part of the screening process to enter the building. The screening is done using an online application and directions are listed below. Having this done in advance will greatly speed the process of bringing students into the building. Students may practice completing the form this weekend, even though they will not be coming into the building. Here is a short video to illustrate the process and more detailed directions are below. For Students with a Smartphone: 1. Download the DOCS HealthWorks App from either the Google App Store or the Apple App Store (the app icon should appear orange & Android OS must be v.8 or newer) 1. On the DOCS HealthWorks App - Create an account: fill in your name, contact information, student ID number (NOT your ss#. Student ID #s are listed in PowerSchool and begin with the graduating year 2026 or 2025) and the location code for the Middle School 5NOU (the letter O) 1. Each day you visit the district the COVID-19 health assessment will need to be completed prior to entrance, if everything is within normal parameters you will receive a QR code for identification (this QR code is good for 1 day). For Students using their Chromebook: 1. Go to the Website: https://secure.dentrustocs.com/docs/covidscreening/weblogin 1. On the DOCS HealthWorks website fill in your name, contact information, student ID number (NOT your ss#. Student ID#s are listed in PowerSchool and begin with the graduating year 2026 or 2025) and location code for the Middle School 5NOU (the letter O). 2. Each day you visit the district the COVID-19 health assessment will need to be completed prior to entrance, if everything is within normal parameters you will receive a QR code for identification (this QR code is good for 1 day) The QR code can be printed from home and brought to school. If your phone doesn’t support the app or the website didn’t work from home – we will have a Chromebook available at the screening stations When You Arrive at School: Follow the directions of the adults at the entrance who will direct you to present the QR code to the CapScann device for identification. 1. The CapScann device will then instruct you to place your wrist in the device opening aligning it with infrared light crosshairs for a precise temperature reading (look for the label on the kiosk). 2. Once the CapScann device reads the QR code, CapScann will provide 3 acknowledgements that include a green light indicating a normal temperature reading and authorization to enter the building. The screeners will provide assistance throughout the entry process. * Any individual presenting with a potential concern will be escorted to a rescreening area and further evaluated by medical staff.
STUDENT EMAIL: With remote and hybrid learning about to start, school email accounts for the students will be an important way to communicate between teachers and students, especially as we begin the school year remotely. Below are directions for how to access these email accounts. Please note, these are NOT G-mail accounts and students cannot access them through their Google accounts. The student email address is the students’ network login @nburlington.com, which is the same as their Google login. The student's login name is the last two digits of their graduation year plus full last name. If there are students with the same last name in the same grade, then the user name is appended with the number 1, 2 and so on (those students will know who they are because it is the user name they were assigned in school). For example, John Doe who is a senior graduating 2021. Student Name: John Doe Grade: 12 User Name: email@example.com Password: same as network password Student emails can be accessed through the Student Parent Resource page that is part of the district web page at this URL: https://www.nburlington.com/o/nbc-rsd/page/student-parent-resources--18 Also, the email access page can be accessed directly using this URL: https://outlook.office.com This is not a Gmail account. Rather it is a Microsoft 365 account. If a student is experiencing difficulty with his/her email account, middle school students should email Mrs. Paulette Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org and high school students should email Mrs. Wendy Gupta at email@example.com. They will coordinate contacts with the technology department.