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NB's Strategic Plan for a Safe and Successful School Year

November 23, 2020

Dear NB Families:

“This has been a year like no other.”

Lately I’ve been hearing the above comment quite often. We all will agree that it has been a year that has challenged us all in so many ways. The impact of the Pandemic had our schools shuttered last spring and since that time, we continue to struggle to understand what the months ahead might bring. This past summer, we were busy planning how to open our schools. NB’s “Strategic Plan for a Safe and Successful School Year” was developed and implemented. Certainly, our first marking period was ‘like no other.’ Now, as the winter approaches, we will continue to assess our plan and consider strategies to strengthen our programs. And yes, I believe our Thanksgiving 2020 will be ‘like no other’. 

While this Thanksgiving is sure to look different for all of us, I would like to take a moment to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to all our faculty, staff, students, and families. Thank you for following CDC protocols and thank you for implementing NB’s best practices. With everyone working together, we’ve had a safe and successful first marking period. As we follow all COVID-19 protocols, we have maintained the same core priorities for learning. As we work cooperatively with our Department of Health Officials, we continue our efforts to prevent the spread  of COVID-19 in our community. Our teachers have done a wonderful job adapting to incredibly difficult circumstances and our parents, many of whom have altered their work schedules, have also altered their lives for their children. Moreover, our students have shown such courage and maturity as they continue to navigate new  learning models, instructional strategies, and social and emotional challenges. I understand just how much we are all trying to do the best we can under these difficult circumstances. I know it hasn’t always gone smoothly but we continue to learn each day. I am so grateful to all. 

I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. NB returns on Monday, November 30th to 100% Remote Learning through Friday, December 4th. We are scheduled to return to school for in-person instruction on Monday December 7th. During the week of December 7th, the administration will host its 2nd “Parent Forum.” The forum is a virtual conference and it is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM the evening of Wednesday, December 9th. Please feel free to join us. This forum provides a nice opportunity for administrators to chat with parents, discuss programs and share ideas.  

On behalf of the Board of Education, I am pleased to take this opportunity to send each of you a sincere word of thanks and my warmest wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Thanks to our entire faculty, administration, and support staff for providing learning opportunities that inspire excellence from our students. Thanks to our parents and community members for all their support, patience, and understanding. So many take great pride in NB Nation and I am very thankful for all you do to make that a reality. 

Sincerely,

James Sarruda, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools