August 7, 2020
Dear AVON Families,
I am excited and honored to welcome each of you to the beginning of a new school year at Avon Avenue School. This school year will be a testament to our adaptability and grit, as we embark on learning, as we never have before. We will follow the lead of our Superintendent Roger León, who has asked us to embody flexibility, patience, resilience and confidence in all that we do. In order to ensure Avon Avenue Scholars are able to get smarter, we must first be grateful that we have endured the pandemic that continues to plague our world. Next, we must honestly acknowledge that our abrupt move from the school building with our usual learning process, caused disruption and learning loss. As a result, we must assess every child to accurately determine the actual grade level that s(he) is currently on. This will determine each child's individual goal. Each child will take a writing assessment as soon as they return, which will be based on the summer book they were required to read. Make sure this is read well, so they can write about what they read in order to demonstrate deep comprehension. There is no blame or shame with loss. This has been hard on everybody. So now, we simply need to regroup and get back to work. : )
To do this, every scholar will write her/his individual learning goal for each subject, and the accompanying social-emotional goal in her/his Avon Planner, which will be provided to each child. Our motto at Avon Avenue School is to ensure scholars are Achieving Victorious Outcomes Now, which is especially true at this point, whether we are in the physical building, or learning remotely. As a staff, we are here to support all of you, by any means necessary, to ensure scholars reach their highest academic potential. This means that teachers and staff will put in place every procedure to ensure your child’s safety, including, but not limited to CDC guidelines, and also that they are incorporating the most current learning practices to make certain that children keep learning whether in person, or remotely. We are prepared to help train families to be knowledgeable on how to navigate all of the platforms needed to help your child soar technologically, whether in the building or at home. We look forward to working with our scholars, parents and the members of the community to provide the high-quality education that our scholars all deserve.
Based on Governor Murphy’s directions, and CDC guidelines, we will only ever have ten children in a room, and all children will be at least six feet apart. You will all be receiving a call or survey to determine if you intend to have your child begin the year virtually at home, or if you prefer having your child return to in-person learning at the school building. If you want your child to learn remotely, you must sign the Remote Consent Form located on the newarkenrolls.org site by August 14th. This will mean they will remain learning remotely, until the Governor and CDC say the schools can return to full capacity. Once you go to newarkenrolls.org, you must create an account if you don’t have one, complete the Remote Learning Consent Form, and click submit. If you need assistance, contact (973) 733-6750. Since we will have to cap each class at ten, after a classroom has reached ten, all other students will be required to continue learning remotely. You will be contacted to inform you of whether your child will participate in remote or in-person learning.
All staff and students will wear masks, and when necessary, plastic guards will be in place. All children in grades PreK-8 will line up six feet apart, as indicated by bright red hearts on the playground. Starting at 8:20, each child will undergo a detailed procedure, including safety check questions, hand and shoe sanitizing, and contactless temperature checks. As long as the questions are answered satisfactorily, and the temperature is acceptable, children will enter the building from three locations. Children in PreK, 2nd and 3rd will go orderly, six feet apart, through the Rose Terrace entrance. Children in Kindergarten, 1st and 8th grade will enter through the front door. Children in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade will enter through the playground door closest to Avon Avenue. Only NBOE employees are allowed in the building, and only after they have tested negative to COVID.
Throughout the day, custodians have been trained to use cleaning products in high traffic areas, like restrooms. All drinking fountains will be turned off, and children will be permitted to bring their own bottles of water. Every evening, custodians will perform intense cleaning, with a detailed checklist that will have to be completed and posted on the door, so teachers know it has been thoroughly sanitized. Children will eat breakfast and lunch in their classrooms. Each child will have their own personal bag of resources that will not be shared. Students will exit the building starting at 2:55 sharp, and will exit six feet apart.
If a child presents a concern, due to unsatisfactory answers from the questions, or presenting with a fever, they will NOT be permitted in the building. The child will have to return home immediately with a parent or guardian. Should a child get a fever while in school, they will need to be picked up immediately.
We will also help our scholars become their best self by helping them develop Avon DREAM’s values: Diligence, Respect, Empathy, A+ self-control and Mindful inquisitiveness (this is a great word that just means curiosity.) Although we could have just said curiosity, we want to push our students to use powerful vocabulary. 🙂
As an Avon DREAMer, I am confident that all of our scholars have the capacity and ability to meet the expectations and the demands of their new classes and teachers. Our goal is to ensure that all Avon scholars become critical thinkers, active problem-solvers, inquisitive readers, diligent researchers and prolific writers. We do all of this to prepare them for the demands of the real-world so they may become productive citizens and future leaders who make a difference in their community and world.
I look forward to working with all of you to push our scholars to their next level of greatness. On behalf of the staff at Avon Avenue School, I want to again welcome all new staff and scholars. Thank you for being a part of our Avon Avenue family, where we are Achieving Victorious Outcomes Now!
YOU + YOUR CHILD’S best effort + AVON Staff= SUCCESS
Ms. Haygood, Your Principal