• Janaury 26, 2021

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update.

    For the period January 22nd through noon today, January 26th I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 1 staff member positive at Irwin Elementary School
    • 1 student positive at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 1 student presumed positive at Hammarskjold Middle School 
    • 1 student positive at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 1 staff member positive at East Brunswick High School  

    Just a note...throughout the rest of this school year I will not be reporting numerous quarantines resulting from close contacts occurring outside the district since they are constantly changing.  I will only report positive EB COVID’s and any related close contacts within the EB school community.

    As we continue to prepare for our return to face to face instruction I am asking every family to be transparent with us.  If we all follow published health guidelines, report close contacts and illnesses (by calling or emailing your school nurse) and most importantly stay out of school if anyone in the family is presumed or diagnosed as a positive COVID then our shared commitment to safety is elevated.  

    I want to thank the community, in advance, for being partners with us. Keeping ourselves and everyone around us safe is the only way we can successfully pull off the monumental task of returning our schools to full operation.  When we reopen, COVID health concerns may necessitate closing single schools or even groups of schools so we can keep the rest of the school district open.  If you already have a childcare backup plan, in the event your child’s school is closed for quarantine, it may be prudent to keep it and if you do not have a plan it may be helpful to develop a childcare backup plan.        

    If I have any intermediate information to share I will reach out to you this week.  Otherwise, I will update you again on Friday. 

    January 25, 2021

    Good Evening East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools...tonight with rumor control and correcting reports appearing on EB social media.  

    Our targeted and anticipated return to hybrid instruction continues to be Thursday, February 4th which is the beginning of our third making period.  I monitor daily COVID data and want our return to be sustainable.      

    Tonight, I remain focused on February 4th.  Considering the relationship we have established, I thought it was best if you heard directly from me.

    Have a great rest of your night.

     

    January 22, 2021

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update.

    For the period January 19th through noon today, January 22nd. I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 1 student positive at Chittick Elementary School
    • 2 students positive at Frost Elementary School 
    • 1 staff member positive at Irwin Elementary School  
    • 1 student positive at Warnsdorfer Elementary School  
    • 1 student positive at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 1 staff member positive at Hammarskjold Middle School 
    • 2 students positive at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 4 students positive at East Brunswick High School
    • 1 staff member positive at Support Operations 

    In addition, 14 students with no positive COVID cases, are in quarantine due to close contact exposures not related to East Brunswick Public Schools. 

    I would like to restate some of what I shared at our Board of Education meeting last night:

    For our return to face to face instruction to work, whatever the date, I am asking every family to be transparent with us.  If we all follow published health guidelines, report close contacts and illnesses and most importantly stay out of school if anyone in the family is presumed or diagnosed as a positive COVID then our shared commitment to safety is elevated.  

    I want to thank the community, in advance, for being partners with us. Keeping ourselves and everyone around us safe is the only way we can successfully pull off the monumental task of returning our schools to full operation.  

    January 19, 2021

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    Before my COVID update, I want to remind the community that the Learning Model Form for Churchill Junior High School and East Brunswick High School opened today at 3 PM, through Parent Access, and will close at 3 PM on Friday, January 22nd.  If you do not submit the form your child will continue with remote learning instruction. 

    For the period January 15th through noon today, January 19th. I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 1 staff member positive at Bowne-Munro Elementary School 
    • 1 staff member positive at Irwin Elementary School
    • 1 staff member presumed positive at Irwin Elementary School
    • 2 staff members positive at Warnsdorfer Elementary School 
    • 1 student positive at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 4 staff members positive at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 1 staff member presumed positive at Churchill Junior HIgh School 
    • 3 students positive at East Brunswick High School 
    • 1 staff member presumed positive at East Brunswick High School 

    We also have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with close contacts:

    • 1 staff member at the Administration building with 1 associated close contact 
    • 1 staff member at Hammarskjold Middle School with 1 associated close contact 
    • 1 contracted staff member at Warnsdorfer Elementary School with 1 associated close contact 

    Over the weekend we identified 3 unrelated positive COVID cases at Hammarskjold Middle School, all occurring within the last 14 days, among staff whose work functions required them to be in the building. Following New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools, updated December 22, 2020, this facility will remain closed to all staff, except those responsible for cleaning or maintaining it, until February 1st.

    We still continue to aggressively prepare for our restart of hybrid, face to face instruction.  While our targeted return to hybrid instruction remains February 4th, I want to be completely transparent that my final decision and recommendation to the Board of Education will be dependent on our ability, closer to that time, to safely begin and reasonably maintain face to face instruction.

    January 15, 2021

     Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    For the period January 12th through noon today, January 15th I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report

    • 1 staff member positive at Bowne-Munro Elementary School
    • 1 staff member positive at Central Elementary School 
    • 3 students positive at Frost Elementary School 
    • 1 staff member positive at Lawrence Brook Elementary School
    • 1 student positive at Warnsdorfer Elementary School 
    • 2 staff members positive at Warnsdorfer Elementary School 
    • 1 student positive at Hammarskjold Middle School 
    • 1 student presumed positive at Hammarskjold Middle School 
    • 1 staff member positive at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 2 students positive at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 1 student presumed positive at Churchill Junior High School
    • 1 staff member presumed positive at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 6 students positive at East Brunswick High School
    • 1 student presumed positive at East Brunswick High School

    As we prepare to restart hybrid instruction on Thursday, February 4th, please review the attached Return to In Person Learning, 2021 Guidelines for changes to health monitoring procedures. 

    These updates have been made by the Department of Health in an effort to continue to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.  This information will also be available on the homepage of our website, in the top left tile.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your school nurse. 

    Have a great weekend.



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    January 14, 2021

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools with an important announcement.

    After careful consideration of the current COVID-19 infection and transmission rates, we will be postponing our return to hybrid instruction, for the entire district, to February 4th, which is the beginning of the third marking period.

    I know some of you will be relieved and some will be frustrated in hearing about this delay...maybe even angered.  I want everyone to know that I do not take this decision lightly. Honestly, it is gut wrenching to make this call but it is the right decision at this time.  I have heard clearly from some of you about the impact of virtual learning on your children and above all I want to return East Brunswick Public Schools to full operation and be able to safely offer face to face instruction as part of our Hybrid Learning Model.  Unfortunately, the stark reality of the numbers reported yesterday point to a trend that hasn't peaked yet.  The current COVID transmission rate is over 10% higher than the maximum acceptable safe threshold established before we returned in September.  As an example, if we had been offering hybrid instruction during this time, the last three reports of positive and presumed positive COVID infections, in my calls to you, would have closed nearly every one of our schools.

    Just as important as the date we can once again offer our Hybrid Learning Model, is our ability to safely deliver instruction within our buildings while sustaining it and keeping our schools and facilities open for the remainder of this school year...for our students, for our staff and for the peace of mind for each of you receiving this message today. 

    Asymptomatic spread of the COVID virus, and possibly its variants, has been creating havoc on our return.  Our successful return to schools on February 4th will be measured by our collective preparedness for it.  In fact, as I deliver this message, some members of our organization have received their first COVID vaccinations and others are being scheduled to get theirs.  We need to pull together, as a school community and use this extra few weeks to get ready for our return.  Along with the vaccination rollout and acceleration that means all of us need to establish and maintain safe practices...and we need to monitor our social distancing whether we are masked or not.  I cannot overstate this...we need to protect not only ourselves but everyone around us. We need to be well...stay well to pull off our district wide return to face to face hybrid instruction, for those who select it, on February 4th.  

    The Learning Model Form for Churchill Junior High School and East Brunswick High School will be open at 3 PM on Tuesday, January 19th, as scheduled, through Parent Access.  Later some parents will receive additional information from district administrators about services for their children and how we will continue to support individual needs until we return to our schools on February 4th.  Please do not hesitate to call us if you have questions or need additional support during our postponement.   

     

    January 12, 2021

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    For the period January 8th through noon today, January 12th I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 1 Student positive at Chittick Elementary School
    • 2 Students presumed positive at Frost Elementary School
    • 1 Student positive at Irwin Elementary School
    • 1 Staff member presumed positive at Irwin Elementary School
    • 1 Student positive at Lawrence Brook Elementary School
    • 2 Students positive at Memorial Elementary School
    • 1 Student positive at Warnsdorfer Elementary School
    • 1 Staff member positive at Warnsdorfer Elementary School
    • 4 Students positive at Hammarskjold Middle School 
    • 1 Staff member positive at Hammarskjold Middle School 
    • 3 Students positive at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 1 Student presumed positive at Churchill Junior High School
    • 1 Staff member positive at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 4 Students positive at East Brunswick High School

    In spite of these numbers we are continuing to work to not only return but to sustain in person instruction for the remainder of this school year.  Please help us by being safe and continuing safe practices. 

    January 8, 2021

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, again.

    For the period January 5th through noon today, January 8th, I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 1 student positive at Chittick Elementary School
    • 1 student positive at Frost Elementary School
    • 1 student positive at Irwin Elementary School
    • 3 student positives at Memorial Elementary School
    • 2 students presumed positive at Memorial Elementary School
    • 1 student positive at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 3 student positives at Churchill Junior High School
    • 1 student presumed positive at Churchill Junior High School
    • 3 student positives at East Brunswick High School
    • 1 student presumed positive at East Brunswick High School
    • 1 staff positive at East Brunswick High School

    In addition we have:

    1 staff positive at Hammarskjold Middle School with 3 associated close contacts.

    In spite of these numbers we are working hard to not only return but to sustain in person instruction for the remainder of this school year.  Help us by being safe and continuing safe practices. 

    Have a great weekend.

    January 8, 2021

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with a reminder that the Learning Model Form for Elementary and Hammarskjold Middle School is available through Parent Access and will close today, January 8th at 3 PM. If you do not submit a new form for your child they will automatically continue in the Remote Learning Model. 

    After our board meeting last night we continue to plan to return to Hybrid Learning Model instruction on Tuesday, January 19th for elementary and HMS students only. 

    Learning Model Forms for CJHS and EBHS will open on January 19th at 3 PM, in Parent Access, and we plan to return those students to hybrid instruction on February 4th. 

    As I have stated previously, COVID infection or transmission data may affect our target dates for return to hybrid instruction but for now we remain focused on our tiered return beginning with elementary and HMS students.

    I'll update you on COVID later this afternoon.

     

    January 7, 2021

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.  I apologize for the unusual timing of this message but we find ourselves navigating unusual times. 

    The single focus of my message is to address the events in our Nation’s capital yesterday and our district’s response to it.  This message will be part of my Superintendent’s Report tonight so this is intended to reach our whole community whether you planned to watch the virtual board meeting tonight or not.

    Like many of you, I was astonished to watch the events unfold yesterday on live television.  Two thoughts quickly flashed across my mind.  First, how do we help our students process what they are witnessing on top of dealing with a worldwide pandemic and from my own personal perspective how do I answer the questions of my own middle schooler who had just studied the Electoral College and had an understanding of how the Constitution defined Congress’ role in certifying a new President.  

    My son’s first questions were “What is happening?”, “Who is doing it?” and “How did it happen?” Understandably, I have to believe these are just a sample of many questions being asked across our school district community.  To that end our teachers are committed to creating safe spaces for the discussion of these recent and unsettling topics, especially as events continue to unfold over the coming weeks.  Above all, we want our students to feel safe and know that they are supported by the entire East Brunswick Public Schools community.  

    As we remain physically disconnected, we have provided a variety of high quality resources for parents and guardians and to help guide discussions at home.  They are located on the homepage of our website for your convenience and accessibility.

    As always, please contact your schools or my office directly if you need any other assistance.

    Have a great rest of your day.

     

    January 5, 2021

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.  I hope everyone had a peaceful break.  Once again I’m coming to you with your COVID update for Tuesday, January 5th.

    For the period December 22nd through noon today, January 5th, I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 3 students positive at Irwin Elementary School
    • 1 student presumed positive at Irwin Elementary School
    • 2 students positive at Lawrence Brook Elementary School
    • 2 students positive at Memorial Elementary School
    • 1 student presumed positive at Memorial Elementary School
    • 1 staff member positive at Memorial Elementary School
    • 1 student positive at Warnsdorfer Elementary School
    • 2 staff members positive at Warnsdorfer Elementary School
    • 3 students positive at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 2 students presumed positive at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 3 staff members positive at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 6 students positive at Churchill Junior High School
    • 2 staff members positive at Churchill Junior High School
    • 1 student positive at East Brunswick High Student
    • 1 staff member positive at East Brunswick High School
    • 1 staff member positive at the Administration Building

    In addition, we have 2 staff members positive at our Support Operations facility with 7 close contacts. This was a result of a direct school transmission.

    I know this is a longer reporting period, because of our recess, but this is the most significant and largest group of positive COVID cases we have reported to date and we have not yet experienced the full impact of holidays.  I continue to evaluate the safety and timing of our return and will share my intermediate assessment results with the Board of Education this Thursday in their closed session.  I will have updated information for the community when I report this Friday, January 8th.

    Just a reminder, the Learning Model Forms are now available on Parent Access for students in the Elementary Schools as well as for students in Hammarskjold Middle School. If you do not submit a new form for your child they will automatically continue in the remote learning model.

    Learning Model Forms for students in Churchill Junior High School and East Brunswick High School will be available through Parent Access on January 19th.  

    Here is the recap of the important dates based on my proposed plan and anticipating we can return to hybrid instruction safely.  

    • Elementary and HMS hybrid students and staff return Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 50% student capacity. 
      • The Learning Model Form will be open for Elementary and HMS parents through Parent Access on January 4th at 3 PM and will close Friday, January 8th at 3 PM.
    • CJHS and EBHS hybrid students and staff return on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 50% student capacity.
      • The Learning Model Form will be open for CJHS and EBHS Parents through Parent Access January 19th at 3 PM and close Friday, January 22nd at 3 PM.

    The volume and frequency of COVID infections will be major factors in my recommendation on when we return to hybrid instruction if we need to adjust these dates because of safety concerns.

    Have a great and safe rest of your day.  I’ll talk to you Friday.

     

    December 22, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Tuesday, December 22nd.

    For the period December 15th through noon today, December 22nd, I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 1 student presumed positive at Chittick Elementary School
    • 1 student presumed positive at East Brunswick High School
    • 2 students positive at East Brunswick High School
    • 1 staff positive at Frost Elementary School 
    • 1 staff positive at Support Operations

    Additionally, we have 1 Contract Employee positive which was a result of an in school transmission.

    The next part of my message contains a lot of information.  The email that accompanies this phone call will contain all the details and this message will be archived under my messages on the homepage of our website, ebnet.org.

    We had originally planned our return for January 11, 2021.  After vetting our safe options we have decided to begin to return Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to hybrid instruction as an option for families. This will be on a tiered schedule beginning with just our eight elementary schools and Hammarskjold Middle School, if it is safe to do so as we approach that date.   

    On Thursday, February 4, 2021, Churchill Junior High School and East Brunswick High School Hybrid students will follow and join the rest of our district when they return to their buildings.  We will be combining secondary (HMS, CJHS and HS) Hybrid Learning Model Teams 1 and 3 and will also combine secondary Hybrid Learning Model Teams 2 and 4.

    Hybrid students will attend two days, be virtual for two days, attend two days and be virtual for two days and continue to follow that schedule.

    The Learning Model Form will be available on Parent Access for every student according to the timeline below.  If you do not submit a new form for your child they will automatically continue in the remote learning model.

    Here is the recap of the important dates:

    • Elementary and HMS hybrid students and staff return Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 50% student capacity. 
      • The Learning Model Form will be open for Elementary and HMS parents through Parent Access on January 4th at 3 PM and will close Friday, January 8th at 3 PM.
    • CJHS and EBHS hybrid students and staff return on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 50% student capacity.
      • The Learning Model Form will be open for CJHS and EBHS Parents through Parent Access January 19th at 3 PM and close Friday, January 22nd at 3 PM.

    Please continue to assist us.  If any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19 during our full remote instruction they must continue to contact their school’s nurse to report it.  

    Have a safe and peaceful winter break.  My sincerest wishes for a better 2021 to everyone.  Do something that makes you smile or maybe do something that makes someone else smile.  We all need that right now.  

    Btw...I’m going to give you a break from my constant reporting during our recess.  My next report will come the week of January 4, 2021.

     

    December 18, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Friday, December 18th.

    For the period December 15th through noon today, December 18th, I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 2 students presumed positive at Bowne-Munro Elementary School
    • 1 student at Frost Elementary School 
    • 2 students at Memorial Elementary School
    • 1 student presumed positive at Warnsdorfer Elementary School
    • 1 student at Hammarskjold Middle School 
    • 1 student at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 2 students at East Brunswick High School

    As you can see, the COVID-19 infection rate among students is rising.

    Any student or staff who tests positive for COVID-19 during our full remote instruction should continue to contact their school’s nurse to report it.   

    Information about forms for parents and guardians to make selections for their children’s learning model will be communicated before January 4th as we continue to prepare for our anticipated return to some form of face to face instruction in January.  Our goal remains returning students to the Hybrid Learning Model, for those families who select it, as soon as we possibly can.

    Our return will be tiered by prioritizing specific groups or grades of students all while monitoring safety and maintaining that safety for an established period of time before we reinstate our hybrid learning model throughout the district.  

    As always, once my recommendations have been reviewed and approved by the Board of Education I will immediately communicate our plans with you so you can make plans for your own family.

    Have a great rest of your day and a safe weekend.

     

    December 17, 2020

    Good Morning East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your first snow message of the year...in fact in a couple of years.

    I am so sorry.  I was just informed that my message intended for the community, last night at 6 PM, was never delivered to you.

    With snow arriving last night, we activated our single session snow day today.  Our instruction will continue this morning only.  We will follow our single session schedule for today, Thursday, December 17th, and there will be no supplemental instruction this afternoon.  It’ll be time to get outside, take pictures and enjoy the moments these times bring.

    While cleanup is continuing please be extra cautious if you need to go out.  School property cleanup operations are in full swing today so please do not go onto district properties until snow removal and salting have been completed.  I sincerely appreciate your patience and assistance so we can maintain a safe environment until our crews have completed their work. 

    Have a great rest of your day.

     

    December 16, 2020

    Good Evening East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your first snow message of the year...in fact in a couple of years.

    With snow arriving, we will activate our single session snow day tomorrow.  Snow may continue into tomorrow morning but our instruction will too.  We will follow our single session schedule tomorrow, Thursday, December 17th, and there will be no supplemental instruction in the afternoon.  It’ll be time to get outside, take pictures and enjoy the moments these times bring.

    Bentley the snow dog has already approved the snowman making capabilities of this year's first snow.  He's not a fan of the sleet.  In fact the roads may be coated with ice after tonight so please be extra cautious if you need to go out.

    Have a great rest of your evening.

     

    December 15, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Tuesday, December 15th.

    For the period December 11th through noon today, December 15th, I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 2 students at Frost Elementary School 
    • 2 staff members at Frost Elementary School
    • 1 staff member at Memorial Elementary School 
    • 1 staff member at Churchill Junior High School 
    • 1 student at East Brunswick High School
    • 2 presumed positive students at East Brunswick High School

    Additionally we have:

    • 1 contract service provider at Hammarskjold Middle School with 3 associated close contacts who are also contract service providers
    • 1 staff member at Churchill Junior High School with 7 close contacts

    I am sorry if you are weary of me repeating this but it is so important that If any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19 during our full remote instruction that they continue to contact their school’s nurse to report it.  

    Information about forms for parents and guardians to make selections for their children’s learning model will be communicated before January 4th as we continue to prepare for our return to some form of face to face instruction in January.  Our return is anticipated to be tiered by prioritizing specific groups or grades of students all while monitoring safety and maintaining that safety for an established period of time before we reinstate our hybrid learning model throughout the district.  As always, once my recommendations have been reviewed and approved by the Board of Education I will immediately communicate our plans to you because I know you may need time to make plans for your own family.

    Now let’s talk snow days!  First we need snow...check that off.  I think we’ll have that covered...the ground that is...with plenty of white stuff.  So here is the plan - once we get the snow I will call you with a single session snow day announcement.  School will operate for the morning only and there will be no supplemental instruction in the afternoon that is deemed a single session snow day.  It’ll be time to get outside!

    For everyone who is already rolling their eyes and asking why not a full snow day?...here’s why…

    By doing a single session, we get credit for the school day.  As this pandemic subsides and weather gets warmer it will be one less "in session" school day, especially if we are in a position to give back snow days already planned in our calendar.  You might not like me now but you’ll probably like the decision later.  

    With that, have a great afternoon.  Grab the shovels, milk, bread and toilet paper.  On your mark...get set...SNOW!  

     

    December 14, 2020

    Dear East Brunswick Public School District Parents/Guardians, Staff, and Students,

    As you know, we are always seeking to provide the highest quality educational experience which includes building a culture of inclusion and diversity for all students.  As such, we are pleased to announce that East Brunswick Public Schools has launched the first phase of a district-wide initiative. The district is moving forward on a comprehensive plan to support cultural diversity and sensitivity, racial literacy, and antiracism across the school system.  Our student body represents an increasingly diverse cross-section of ethnicities and religious groups and district leadership wants to ensure that our culture, teacher practice and curriculum all reflect this diversity and contribute toward a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.

    To that end, we are partnering with an outside consultant to conduct a thorough needs assessment to determine existing areas of strength as well as gaps and blind spots as it pertains to cultural and racial sensitivity. This will include an assessment of the following areas:

    • School climate and culture
    • Teacher beliefs, behaviors, and classroom practice as it pertains to racial sensitivity
    • Leadership practices and district policies
    • Effectiveness of existing support structures (e.g. counseling services)
    • High level review of curriculum to determine levels of racial literacy

    The needs assessment will be conducted via the following activities:

    • Completion of a District Wide Equity Audit, via information gathered through environmental scans of school sites, Focus Group interviews with district staff members, students and parents
    • Review and analysis of existing district data as it pertains to grades, truancy, graduation rates, suspension rates, and student achievement rates across racial and ethnic groups
    • District Climate Survey covering beliefs and behaviors of stakeholder groups regarding racial literacy
    • Simultaneously, all our educational staff will receive upfront professional development workshops covering Racial and Cultural Literacy for Educators.

    Your feedback is vital in these efforts and you will be invited to complete the online survey and possibly participate in the focus groups referenced above.  We look forward to hearing your perspectives, thoughts and ideas.

     

     

    December 11, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Friday, December 11th.

    For the period December 8th through noon today, December 11th, I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 3 students at Irwin Elementary School
    • 3 students at Lawrence Brook Elementary School
    • 3 students presumed positive at Memorial Elementary School
    • 1 student at Chittick Elementary School
    • 1 staff member at Chittick Elementary School 
    • 1 presumed positive student at Churchill Junior High School
    • 1 staff member at Churchill Junior High School
    • 1 student presumed positive at East Brunswick High School

    Additionally, we have 1 staff member at East Brunswick High School with one associated close contact.

    If any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19 during our full remote instruction it is imperative they continue to contact their school’s nurse to report it.  

    In spite of the exposure and infection rates I have reported today, I have heard from many of you about remote learning concerns...how it has affected your children and your desire to have your children return to in person, face to face, instruction.  Like you, I want to see all our students return to school but maintaining safety in all our schools and facilities will continue to be the dominant factor in any decisions and recommendations I make to the Board of Education.  

    Next week we will be asking parents and guardians to affirm or modify selections for their children’s learning model as we continue to prepare for our anticipated return to some form of face to face instruction on January 11th.  I want to caution the EB community that our return may need to be tiered by prioritizing specific groups or grades of students all while monitoring safety and maintaining that safety for an established period of time before we reinstate our hybrid learning model throughout the district.  As always, once I have made recommendations to the Board of Education, I will quickly communicate those decisions and associated timelines to you. 

    I wish everyone a great and safe weekend. 

     

     

    December 8, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Tuesday, December 8th.

    For the period December 4th through noon today, December 8th, I have the following positive COVID-19 cases, with no associated close contact quarantines, to report:

    • 1 student at Central Elementary School 
    • 1 staff member at Central Elementary School 
    • 1 student at Chittick Elementary School 
    • 1 student Lawrence Brook Elementary School - presumed positive
    • 2 students at Lawrence Brook Elementary School 
    • 2 students at Memorial Elementary School - presumed positive
    • 1 staff member at Memorial Elementary School 
    • 1 staff member at the Administration Building

    Additionally, we have one positive staff member at Churchill Junior High School with 5 close contacts.

    If any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19 during our full remote instruction it is imperative they continue to contact their school’s nurse to report it.  

     

    December 4, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Friday, December 4th.

    For the period December 2nd through noon today, December 4th, I have the following positive COVID-19 cases with no associated close contact quarantines to report:

    • 1 Staff member at Frost Frost Elementary School
    • 1 Staff member at Lawrence Brook Elementary School
    • 1 Student at Hammarskjold Middle School (in-school transmission)
    • 1 Student at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 1 Staff member at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 1 Student at Churchill Junior High School
    • 4 Students at East Brunswick High School

    In addition, we have one East Brunswick High School staff member with one associated close contact.

    If any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19 during our full remote instruction, it is imperative they immediately contact their school’s nurse to report it.  This will give us additional critical information that we will use to schedule our return to hybrid instruction at the capacities we had planned for the beginning of the second marking period, this past November 17th.  As you recall, those plans were postponed because of our increased positive COVID cases among staff and students. 

    We will continue to closely monitor state, county, township and school district transmission rates.  The final date for reopening our hybrid format will be dependent on that data.

    Take care and be safe this weekend.

    December 1, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Tuesday, December 1st.

    For the period November 25th through noon today, December 1st, I have the following positive COVID-19 cases with no associated close contact quarantines to report:

    • 1 Staff member at Frost Elementary 
    • 1 Staff member at Lawrence Brook Elementary
    • 1 Student at Hammarskjold Middle School
    • 1 Student at Churchill Junior High School
    • 2 Staff members at Churchill Junior High School
    • 2 Students at East Brunswick High School
    • 1 Staff member at East Brunswick High School
    • 1 Staff member in Community Programs

    Additionally, we have 2 positive COVID-19 cases with close contacts.  They are:

    • 1 Student athlete with 22 associated close contacts
    • 1 Bus Driver with 7 associated close contacts

    These numbers do not fully represent the impact of Thanksgiving travel or gatherings.  I expect we will see results from any of those exposures later this week and into next week.

    If any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19 during our full remote instruction, it is imperative they immediately contact their school’s nurse to report it.  This will give us additional critical information that we will use to schedule our return to hybrid instruction at the capacities we had planned for the beginning of the second marking period, this past November 17th.  As you recall, those plans were postponed because of our increased positive COVID cases among staff and students.

    Take care and be safe.  I’ll talk to you later this week.

    November 24, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Tuesday, November 24th.

    For the period November 20th through noon today, November 24th, I have the following to report:

    • 1 positive staff member at Support Operations with 4 associated close contact quarantines.

    The following are positive cases with no associated close contact quarantines:

    • 2 positive students at Irwin Elementary School
    • 1 positive staff member at Memorial Elementary School
    • 1 positive student at Churchill Junior High School
    • 1 positive student at East Brunswick High School
    • 2 positive staff members at our Administration Building

    If any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19 during our full remote instruction, it is imperative that they immediately contact their school’s nurse to report it.  This will give us additional critical information that we will use to guide our return to hybrid instruction.

    Just a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25th, is a single session school day with no afternoon supplemental sessions. 

    Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

     

    November 20, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Friday, November 20th.

    During our remote instruction period, until January 11th, I will be reporting our positive COVID cases on Tuesdays and Fridays to reduce the number of calls families will be receiving. 

    For November 18th through today, November 20th at noon, I have the following to report:

    • 1 positive EBHS staff member with no associated close contact quarantines.
    • 1 positive CJHS student with no associated close contact quarantines.
    • 1 positive administrator with 20 associated close contact quarantines.

    If any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19 during our full remote instruction,  it is imperative they need to immediately contact their school’s nurse to report it.  This will give us additional critical information that we will use to guide our return to hybrid instruction.

     

    November  17, 2020

    Good Evening East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Tuesday, November 17th.

    In our administration building we have one staff positive COVID and two associated close contacts.

    We have one student positive COVID who is a JV athlete,  There are 16 associated close contacts on the team.

    At Chittick Elementary School we have one student positive COVID.  There are four staff and three students who are associated close contacts with this case.

    Finally, at EBHS we have one student positive COVID who has been in our Remote Learning Model so there are no associated close contacts.

    All affected individuals have immediately entered quarantine.

    Have a safe evening. 

     

    November 15, 2020

     

    Good Evening East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Sunday, November 15th.

    In last night's message I stated we still had contact tracing to complete on one exposure.  As the result of one of the HMS staff, who had a lab positive COVID test result, 17 students and nine additional staff must quarantine as close contacts.

    We are still waiting on test results for individuals who may affect the closure of CJHS or EBHS...or both.  Under these circumstances, when I talk about school closures because of COVID, the closures are to remove nonessential occupants of the building so they may quarantine for 14 days and prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.  During that quarantine period we are fully prepared to deliver instruction, provide services to students and distribute meals.  During any school closure we will continue to operate in a remote format just as our students are doing, beginning tomorrow. 

    I hope you and your family remain well.  Goodnight.

    November 14, 2020 

    Hi EB,

    It's Victor Valeski again with a clarification.  Even if we need to close a school for a mandatory COVID quarantine, remote instruction will continue as we have already planned.

    Sorry for the confusion.

     

    November 14, 2020

    Good Evening East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Saturday, November 14th.  

    By the time you listen to this message, in its entirety, I believe that you will agree with me that it certainly has not been a good day in EB.  The hard work to keep all our schools open, during remote learning, is about to evaporate.

    At EBHS we have one varsity athlete with presumed positive COVID and 15 associated close contacts on the team.

    In our administration building we have one staff member, lab confirmed, positive COVID with no close contacts.

    At HMS we have one student, lab confirmed, positive COVID with 15 other students and 7 staff as close contacts.  We also have one staff, lab confirmed, positive COVID with contact tracing not complete as of this message.  This brings us to 4 unrelated positive COVID cases at HMS within 14 days and following NJ Department of Health guidelines HMS will be closed and all the staff in the facility will quarantine for 14 days.  

    As of tonight, we are waiting for COVID test results on staff members at CJHS and EBHS.  If the results are positive it will necessitate the closure of CJHS or EBHS...maybe both...and the impacted staff will quarantine for 14 days as we are doing tonight for HMS.

    At this juncture, all I can say is that I am certain I will be talking to you again tomorrow.

    Good Night.

    November 13, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Friday, November 13th and it is not good news.

    Unfortunately, as I feared, we are rapidly trending up in positive COVID cases.  Today, I am reporting the following, lab confirmed, COVID cases:

    • One student positive at CJHS
    • Two student positives at EBHS, along with two associated close contacts
    • One staff positive at Central Elementary
    • One staff positive at Chittick Elementary, along with four administrators and three other instructional staff as close contacts 
    • One staff positive at Frost Elementary
    • One staff positive positive at CJHS

    Following our established protocol, all individuals are in quarantine.

    I am asking for your assistance.  It is imperative that even as we go full remote on Monday, November 16th, if any student or staff tests positive for COVID-19 they need to immediately contact their school’s nurse to report it.  This will give us additional critical information that we will use to guide our return to hybrid instruction.

     

    November 12, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Thursday, November 12th.

    Going forward, my COVID updates will come at 3:30 PM to avoid any future conflicts with afternoon supplemental instruction.

    Today, we have one EBHS student, lab positive, COVID test result and one Hammarskjold student, lab positive, COVID rest result.  There are no associated close contacts with either student because they both had already been in quarantine as close contacts themselves.

     

    November 11, 2020 

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update for Wednesday, November 11th.

    Today, I am reporting one staff member with a lab confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at EBHS.  One additional high school staff and 10 high school students have been identified as associated close contacts.  All individuals are in quarantine. 

    I know many in our community are still processing my announcement last evening about moving to 100% remote instruction until January 11, 2021.  I need you to know I do not take these decisions lightly...I know the additional impacts they place on families.

    Now, more than ever before, we need to bolster our community’s safety by continuing and reinforcing safe practices. If we do that, our return on January 11th will be refined to build on our past successes and retooled to fix what wasn’t the best it could be.  Most importantly, I want our return to position us so we can maintain the safety we have established and the durability to complete this school year with an expanded hybrid structure.

    If you thought you would be hearing less of me in our remote format, I’m guessing you might be wrong.  I will continue to inform, encourage and cheer us on as we once again prepare for our return to hybrid instruction.  We are EB!  For me, at this moment in our district’s history and what will certainly be part of our collective legacy, that means Everyday Better.   

     

    November 10, 2020 

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools...again.  Tonight with a very important announcement.

    Based on a comprehensive review of our current and forecasted positive COVID and close contact trends, EBPS will move to 100% remote instruction on Monday, November 16th.  Our planned return to our Hybrid Instructional Model will be Monday, January 11, 2021.

    I am making this difficult decision for the protection of all our schools’ populations.  By moving quickly to remote learning for this period of time, which includes Thanksgiving and our winter recess, we can position ourselves for a safe return on January 11th.

    There will be no supplemental instruction for the remainder of this week so each school’s administrative team can plan for a distribution of any student material needed during this remote period.   During the remote period:

    • Meal distributions will continue. 
    • There will be no Early Morning Program, After School Kids Program or Remote Learning Centers. 
    • All other scheduled non-instructional school activities will continue at this time. 

    Each school’s principal will be communicating to their students and families with specifics about our shift from hybrid to full time remote instruction.  Again, full time remote instruction begins Monday, November 16th and we will plan to return to hybrid instruction on Monday, January 11, 2021. 

    I know this is difficult news for some of our community.  We are still here to answer your questions and address your concerns.  We are EB.  We have gotten this far together and together we can get through this difficult period in our recovery.  Let’s make safe practices a habit to ensure our return on January 11th.

     

    November 10, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your critical COVID update for Tuesday, November 10th.

    Today, I have both positive COVID’s and close contacts to report.

    At CJHS:

    One staff positive COVID lab result with six additional staff and four students as associated close contacts.

    One Remote Learning Model student with a positive COVID result who has not been in school with no associated close contacts.

    At EBHS:

    One student positive COVID lab result with five additional students and five staff as associated close contacts.

    It is important to note that all the affected individuals at both CJHS and EBHS have been immediately quarantined.

    I believe our sudden increase in positive COVID test results and associated close contacts is directly related to our school break last week.  I want to applaud the EB community for your vigilant efforts in helping to keep our schools’ communities safe up to this point.

    This morning we began a critical reassessment of how we can continue the safety of face to face instruction as part of our Hybrid Learning Model. As I said in yesterday’s message, keeping our students and staff safe and healthy is my top priority right now.  After I have evaluated additional cases anticipated to be reported tonight and through tomorrow morning, I want the community to be prepared that any changes to our schools’ operations will be formalized and communicated to you by this Friday morning, November 13th, at the latest.  

    Because of today’s reported cases, consolidating secondary teams planned for November 17th will be postponed and the current model will continue.  Additionally, we will postpone expanding the frequency of instruction for English Language Learners and special education students. Their current model will continue, as well. 

    Please understand that I am absolutely aware that any changes to our schools’ operations will impact families and their childcare accommodations but my decisions will be based on protecting the safety of all our schools’ populations, while preserving our ability to complete our school year with the same Hybrid and Remote Learning Model structures we started in September.      

     

    November 3, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your COVID update, Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.

    We had a staff self-report of a lab confirmed positive COVID test result in our Community Programs.  We identified students and staff at Bowne Elementary School and and staff at Central Elementary School as "close contacts" because the individual worked in both schools last week.  In total, eight students and four staff members will quarantine as close contacts.

    Today’s report brings us to a total of 18 positive, self reported, cases of COVID-19 in our schools’ communities.  Through contact tracing, we confirmed that all exposures were outside of our school environment and immediate quarantining has allowed us to continue school operations.  I will be evaluating exposure trends after students and staff return next week.  That analysis will guide my decisions affecting school operations for the remainder of 2020.

    Stay safe and continue safe practices.    

     

    November 1, 2020

    Good Evening East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with a late COVID update for Sunday, November 1st.

    A few hours ago we received a report of one staff positive COVID test result from Chittick Elementary School. We have identified nine students and seven other staff who are close contacts.  All close contacts have been notified and all affected individuals will quarantine.

    I want to reassure the Chittick School community and the greater East Brunswick Public Schools’ community that we utilize comprehensive contact tracing and immediate quarantining in our COVID response protocol.  

    Let me also take this opportunity to restate that immediate self-reporting of a potential COVID exposure, as a close contact, or reporting a lab positive COVID test result is absolutely critical in maintaining the safety of our schools’ populations.  Without immediate self-report notifications our continued quest to safely keep our schools open will be in jeopardy.  

     

    October 30, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your update for Friday, October 30th.

    I have two later breaking self-reports of student positive COVID's.  One at CJHS with no additional close contacts and one at EBHS with close contacts; six teachers and six students.  All affected individuals have been notified and will quarantine. 

    I want to share where we are as an organization, how we got here and where we are going.  Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 192, which will become effective at 6 AM on Thursday, November 5th.  In summary, it defines all the safety provisions that EBPS must implement during this Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency.  I have previously reported to you that we have created safe environments in all of our schools and facilities.  Needless to say, in our efforts to accomplish that goal, we have already met every requirement outlined in E.O. 192.

    We can have the best plan ever created (and I think ours is really good) but our true success is measured every day on how we implement that plan.  As you can imagine, it takes a team of talented people to make this all come together.  I am honestly humbled to work with such an amazing group of professionals:  teachers and assistants who deliver the instruction, aides who assist, bus drivers, custodians and building maintenance, school security, child nutrition and all the nurses who perform the contact tracing when we have reports of exposures.  All of this is supported by our Board of Education and administrative team, along with their support staff who are truly invested in meeting the needs of every student...every day.  Let me brag for a moment about another part of our team...that is all of you.  Without your support what we have accomplished, up to this point, would not be possible. 

    I want to wish everyone a restful break next week but our return is critical.  It will define where we will go and how fast we will get there...safely.   Positive COVID cases outside of EBPS are rising.  Breaks like next week, offer opportunities for gathering, socializing and traveling.  I know you may think I am relentless but I cannot overemphasize that safe practices outside of schools ensure our safety in schools.  If you travel and need to quarantine upon your return, please do it.  We will be glad to welcome your children in our Remote Learning Model during that time.

    Enjoy this time to recharge and we will see you on November 9th. 

     

    October 29, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.  It’s 2 PM and time for another update...this one for Thursday, October 29th.

    Today, we have one lab confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at CJHS and we are working on a presumed positive case at Memorial Elementary School.  In both cases, students had not been in their respective schools for an extended period of time so there were no “close contacts” who were identified through our contact tracing.  

    Only the affected students will need to quarantine and I wish them both a complete recovery.

     

    October 28, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with an update for Wednesday, October 28th.

    We have one student lab confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at CJHS.  This was an exposure outside of EBPS and because this student had not been in school for an extended period of time, no “close contacts” are associated with this case.

    You can follow our progress on our COVID Dashboard, on the homepage of the district’s website, at ebnet.org.    

     

    October 27, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with what is quickly becoming your daily update...this one for Tuesday, October 27th.

    Early this morning we had a self-report of a high school student with a positive case of COVID-19. The student is in our Remote Learning Model and has not been in school.  Nonetheless, I wish this student and every other member of our community who has contracted this virus a complete recovery.  

    Even though we do not have other school related “close contacts” to report, we do take every measure to ensure our contact tracing uncovers any interactions with other EB students outside of our school operations.

    Let me assure our community that, once again, we have avoided person to person transmission of COVID-19 within our schools and they remain safe places to be.  It is clear, (you can see this on our COVID Dashboard, posted on the homepage of our website), that the virus transmission affecting our students is occurring outside of school and our challenge everyday is keeping it out of our school environment.

    In addition to rapid self reporting, our quick and aggressive quarantining of identified “close contacts” is allowing us to safely continue school operations in spite of multiple reported positive COVID cases.  To date, our identified “close contacts” have presented as being completely healthy and our quarantine protocol to isolate each of these individuals for 14 days, while they monitor themselves for COVID symptoms, continues to prove that we can keep the remainder of our schools’ populations safe. 

    In fact, since we have opened schools, we have no known positive cases of COVID-19 among our quarantined “close contacts”.  Individuals who have been in close contact switched to remote learning and have safely reentered schools at the conclusion of their quarantines.

    Our system is working but it will only remain that way if each of us continues established safe practices...wear a mask, wash and sanitize your hands frequently, maintain social distancing when possible, monitor your family’s health, if your child is in the Hybrid Learning Model do not send them to school, in person, if anyone in the family unit is ill or symptomatic of COVID or the flu...and of course, rapid self reporting so we can initiate immediate contact tracing and quarantining.

    Thank you for being on the team to help keep EBPS safe!

     

    October 26, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools with updates for Monday, October 26th. (This is a corrected copy!...sorry)

    Today, we immediately responded to two student presumptive positive COVID-19 cases.  This resulted in 24 students and 12 staff being identified as “close contacts” between Irwin Elementary School and Churchill Junior High School.  All of these individuals will be quarantined. 

    While these numbers appear large it is important to emphasize that by our aggressive quarantine protocols we have avoided any person to person transmission of COVID-19 within the EBPS community.  To date, all positive COVID cases have resulted from contact outside of schools.

    With the approaching student breaks, November 2nd-6th and Thanksgiving, November 26th and 27th, I know we will have challenges returning from each event.  If you have traveled to a state or country that is listed as a destination that requires quarantine when you return to NJ...please follow those guidelines like our school district operations depend on it...because, frankly, it does.

    I know avoiding opportunities outside of your family or social bubble is hard during this time of year, especially as we all begin to move back inside as the weather gets colder.  Please remember that rapid self-reporting has been our strength.  If anyone in your family is ill or has flu-like symptoms, do not send your school aged, Hybrid Learning Model, children to school until they have been evaluated by a physician and are cleared to return to school.

    Depending on circumstances that change by the hour, I want to prepare you that we may need to make operational adjustments for a school, multiple schools or even the entire district if we begin to experience an increase in lab confirmed positive cases among our schools’ populations. 

    One last reminder, forms to change your child’s learning model in Parent Access close tomorrow morning at 9 AM.  You can move from Remote to Hybrid or Hybrid to Remote and if you are not making a change at this time you do not need to do anything.

     

    October 24, 2020

    Good Evening East Brunswick Community, 

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with updates for Saturday, October 24th.

    I am sorry I am way past my typical 2 PM deadline.  We just completed notifications after we were informed earlier today that members of one of our varsity teams were in “close contact” during a competition this past Tuesday, with an opposing player who began feeling symptomatic the day after the game and has now tested positive for COVID-19.

    All of our identified athletes are being quarantined as “close contacts” and as of today, none of them have tested positive for COVID.

    Immediate precautionary actions like this protect the rest of the team and our schools' populations.  Understandably, I have intentionally avoided identifying the team affected to protect identification of the athletes in quarantine.  All individuals directly impacted by this event have been personally contacted.  Again, this is a “close contact” protocol and we do not have any known positive COVID-19 cases among any EB students resulting from our team’s competition. 

    While I have you, just a reminder that if you are making a learning model change for your child, and only if you are making a change, whether from from the Remote to the Hybrid Learning Model or from Hybrid to the Remote Learning Model…you still have time to make changes but the forms, in Parent Access, will close at 9 AM, this coming Tuesday, October 27th.  

     

    October 22, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, with your update for Thursday, October 22nd.

    Last evening we had our first positive COVID case within our Administration Building.  The individual, along with the department they work in, will quarantine for 14 days.  Because of our preplanning, the entire department can work remotely and district operations will not be impacted.  We also have one high school student quarantining as a "close contact" to a positive COVID case outside of school.

    Yesterday the CDC revised their definition of a “close contact”.  The clarification now states an accumulation of contacts that add up to 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period, all occurring less than 6 feet, with an individual known to have a positive COVID-19 lab test result, makes a "close contact".  We immediately began applying the new CDC guidance standard.

    As always, I am committed to keeping you informed and I appreciate that you will do the same for us.  If you have been in the presence of someone you just discovered has a positive case of COVID, you are a "close contact" if your interactions were within six feet and you think the total time of all your encounters was 15 minutes or longer...and you will need to quarantine for 14 days.  Beyond testing and wearing masks, rapid communication reinforces our defense against the spread of COVID within our school community.

    Thank you for everything you have done so far to help us create and maintain a safe environment in EBPS.  Let's keep it up!  

     

    October 20, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools with a critical update....one that you have been waiting for.

    As promised in our Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen our schools, our Learning Model selection form will be reopened in Parent Access this evening if you wish to change from the Remote Learning Model to the Hybrid Learning Model...or if you wish to change from Hybrid Learning Model to the Remote Learning Model with an effective date of November 17th, which is the beginning of the second marking period.  If you are not making a change at this time you do not need to do anything.

    Concurrently, we are planning to combine secondary (HMS, CJHS and HS) Hybrid Learning Model Teams 1 and 3 and will also combine secondary Hybrid Learning Model Teams 2 and 4.  This will allow hybrid students to attend two days, be virtual two days then repeat the cycle. 

    Currently, secondary hybrid students attend two days and are virtual for six days.  Effective November 17th, secondary hybrid students will attend two days, be virtual two days, attend two days and be virtual for two days during the same window of time.  This will double secondary students’ face to face time in the Hybrid Learning Model but still preserve the sibling alignment built into our structure so older siblings can be home with younger siblings.  All other features of our instructional day, Grab and Go meals, as well Early Morning Program and After School Kids offerings remain unchanged. 

    This is very important...combining secondary teams will be deferred if we have any increase in positive COVID cases among our EBPS population or we encounter any person to person transmission of COVID within our schools’ communities, during the two weeks prior to November 17th,

    Here is the recap of the important dates:

    • October 20th - Learning Model Selection Forms will be reopened (If you are not making a change at this time you do not need to do anything)
    • October 27th - Learning Model Selection Forms will be closed at 9 AM.
    • November 10th - Communication regarding assignment of students moving from remote to hybrid will be sent to families.
    • November 17th - Second marking period begins with combined secondary teams 1 and 3, along with combined secondary teams 2 and 4, if the rate of positive COVID cases remains minimal and contained from spread within EBPS.  

     

    October 15, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools with a COVID update for today, Thursday, October 15th.

    Earlier today we had a self-report of a positive COVID-19 result for a Lawrence Brook student.  They had not been in school since October 8th because they were already quarantined as “close contact” to a family member.

    Now, because of this positive result seven students and six teachers, all who provided support in the classroom at varying times, will quarantine.

    I never like reporting another positive case of COVID.  I wish our student’s healthy return to school and want to highlight how the effectiveness of rapid self-reporting is allowing us to continue operating schools.  

    Increased opportunities for travel and gatherings are upon us.  Continue to monitor your family’s health.  If anyone in your family is ill and your children attend the Hybrid Learning Model, keep them out of school until they have been evaluated and cleared by a physician.

    I want to thank our community.  Let’s keep up the good work.  It is working for us.

     

    October 14, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.  Please allow me to share two important pieces of information.

    Parental and Staff permissions for our random COVID-19 testing program pilot with Middlesex County are available now.  A parent letter describing the program is attached.  Parents and guardians can access the forms for their children on Parent Access.  A separate letter and form will be sent to our staff. 

    The purpose of this program is to identify COVID-19 positives early and begin quarantining so we can protect the rest of our student and staff populations.  This is important as we continue to plan for greater frequency of face to face instruction for our Hybrid Learning Model students early in the second marking period.

    If you are an athletic parent this piece of information will be important to you.  I am aware of rumors circulating throughout our community about the future of athletics in EB.  I have not made any recommendation to modify, alter, suspend or discontinue any athletic offering.  There is no vote scheduled before the Board and none can be taken without a recommendation from me.

    As you can imagine, I monitor data that supports my decisions.  As I stated in a recent media report about athletics, it is my responsibility to keep the Board of Education informed.  As I have shared with the Board, to date among 673 athletes, we have not had a single student athlete to athlete COVID transmission.  

    So why is this important?  As we are about to begin Winter sports season with indoor practices and competitions, adhering to our established athletic safety protocols, without exception, is the only way we can successfully continue our path to our full recovery of all school activities. 

    Imagine it like this...our excellence in Academics, Athletics and Arts surrounded by an Atmosphere of trust in each other that we will continue the safety practices and rapid self-reporting we have established to protect everyone’s health.  If we do that, we will continue to accomplish the improbable...because we are EB and that is what we do. 



    Attachments:
    messages/attachments/6ad7432fc1dad49974df9d390ceb07db/Voluntary_COVID-19_Testing10142020.pdf 

     

     

    October 13, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools with an update for today, Tuesday, October 13th.

    Late this morning we were notified that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19 and will be quarantined for 14 days.  They had not been in school for a significant amount of time so we do not have any subsequent “close contacts” to report.

    As with every case of COVID, I wish our student a complete and healthy recovery.  I will use this opportunity to reaffirm again the importance of self reporting.  It is working for us and our continued safe operation of all our schools and athletics is dependent on continued, timely, self-reporting and quarantining.  Our next student and staff break is November 2nd-6th.  If you are traveling to quarantine states, identified on NJ.gov, or leaving the country you must quarantine upon your return and especially before any return to school.  Working together we can remain safe and continue all of our operations.

    Have a great rest of your day.

     

    October 9, 2020

    Good Evening East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    We have just been informed that one of our varsity athletes has a lab confirmed positive case of COVID-19.  The team will quarantine for our mandatory 14 day period. The student athlete has not been part of our hybrid learning model and has not been in school.  

    Based on guidance I received yesterday from the Middlesex Department of Health and CDC, we will no longer need to quarantine any contacts of “close contacts” for 72 hours so our quarantine group will be confined exclusively to our varsity team.   

    Again, we have one athlete with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 and the rest of the team members are being quarantined as “close contacts” per NJDOH and CDC guidelines.

    Additionally, we were informed today that Hatikvah International Academy Charter School in EB is moving to remote instruction until October 26th because two of their students tested positive for COVID-19.  I confirmed that neither student is an EB resident nor did they ride our district provided buses.

    This serves as an important reminder for all of us as we begin another weekend of activities outside of school...if your child or any member of your family is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or even the flu, please keep your child home from school until they have been examined and cleared by a physician.   Thank you for what you are continuing to do, as a community, to ensure we can keep our schools open.

    Have a safe weekend. 

     

    October 8, 2020

    Good Morning East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    This morning’s call is entirely informational.  You may have heard yesterday that EBPS is partnering with Middlesex County and East Brunswick Township to offer random COVID-19 testing.  We will only test students with parental consent or staff with their consent.  Consent will continue throughout the 2020-2021 school year unless it is revoked.  I will communicate next week when we launch the consent forms for both students and staff.

    By next week we are putting two important pieces of information on our website:

    We will populate our own COVID-19 dashboard so our school community has accurate, real-time information about active COVID cases impacting our schools and associated 14 day quarantines for identified “close contacts”. (less than six feet of distancing for 15 minutes or longer with person having a lab confirmed positive COVID-19 test)

    We will be publishing our air quality test results, from an independent consultant, that certified our air quality was safe for school opening.

    For our Churchill families, school will continue in virtual format again tomorrow because of teacher staffing impacts resulting from quarantines this week.  Again, Mr. Hanas, Principal, will share specific details for CJHS students and families later today.

    For our Memorial Elementary families, we have a complete internet and phone outage caused by Comcast work in that area.  They are working to immediately resolve the outages.

    Have a great rest of your day.



    Attachments:
    EB_Schools_COVID-19_Testing_Pilot_Program-_Press_Release_FINAL_10.7.20.pdf (181.5 KB)

     

    October 7, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools with an important EBPS update.  I am sorry this messaging is later than the 2 PM time frame I previously shared with you. 

    Late today, we were notified that members of one of our athletic teams were in “close contact” with a player from the opposing team, during competition this week, who tested positive for COVID-19 today.  This will require the affected members of that team to quarantine for 14 days.  

    It is important to note that our student athletes are being quarantined  as “close contacts” and we are not aware of any positive COVID-19 cases among any of the EB team members at this time. 

    We have a significant number of teachers who had been contacts of those “close contacts” this past Tuesday and they must quarantine for 72 hours.  Because we will have a shortage of teachers who can be in the building for the face to face component of our hybrid learning model.  CJHS will be closed for in-person learning activities but will operate from a virtual learning environment tomorrow, Thursday, October 8th for all students and staff.

    Specific details for the Churchill students and staff regarding tomorrow will immediately follow this message from Mr. Hanas, Principal CJHS.

     

    October 5, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools with another EBPS update.

    To the extent that I can, any communications related to positive COVID-19 and associated “close contact” notifications will be sent at 2 PM on the days they occur.

    Today I must report:

    A confirmed positive COVID test result for a Frost student.

    Additionally, we have presumptive positive COVID’s for one Churchill student and one high school student. 

    When we identify “close contacts” we are following current CDC guidelines...less than six feet of distancing from a person with a positive COVID-19 test result for 15 minutes or longer.  Close contacts for today’s events are:

    Frost:  6 students and 3 staff

    HMS:  2 additional staff from this past weekend’s exposure.

    Churchill:  14 students and 16 staff

    EBHS:  11 students and 8 staff

    Among Athletics:  17 student athletes will quarantine for 14 days and an additional 53 student athletes will quarantine for 72 hours because they were contacts of “close contacts”.

    I want to assure the EB community that we have taken immediate proactive measures to quarantine all “close contacts” relative to today’s cases.  The number of identified students and staff is significant because it includes two presumptive cases that we are acting on out of extreme caution and for the protection of our schools’ populations.

    None of the positive or presumptive COVID cases reported today are the result of person to person transmissions within our schools.  We have documented that these transmissions have occurred outside of schools. 

    Today represents the scope of challenges we must overcome to continue operating our schools.  I am confident, as we rapidly address positive COVID-19 cases in our schools and quarantine all known “close contacts”, we can continue to maintain the safe environment we have established in EBPS.

     

    October 4, 2020

     

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    This morning we completed notification of impacted students and teachers after receiving a self-report of a positive case of COVID-19 with a Hammarskjod Middle School student.  In total, 14 students and nine teachers will quarantine for our mandatory 14 day period.

    I want to acknowledge the prompt notification by the impacted family.  Their quick action was exactly the response needed to ensure that we can continue to operate all our schools safely.  In this case and along with every other one we will have in the future...and undoubtedly we will have more, I pledge our support to our students, their families and our staff...so they may recover quickly and completely, continue to stay connected to their classes and return to school when it is safe to do so.

    Thank you for your continued vigilance.  Colder weather and fewer opportunities to socially distance outside will bring new challenges.  Together, let’s continue the practices we have proven to keep ourselves safe.

    Have a great rest of your weekend.    

     

    October 1, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools...happily, with your September update!

    After opening our schools and remaining open for the entire month of September, I want to thank the EB community for your resolve and commitment to keeping our student and staff populations safe.  Self reporting of “close contacts”, positive cases of COVID-19 in your families or travel to quarantine states or countries are absolutely critical as we begin planning for the next phase of our recovery.  

    As promised in our Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen our Schools, families have the opportunity to reselect the learning model for their child for the second marking period which begins November 17th.  If it helps in your decision making...during the first month of school we have had one confirmed positive student COVID case and one false positive staff COVID case. Our contact identification and tracing is working. 

    As you can see, it is through our collective efforts as a school and community that we are able to achieve such a significant outcome...but our work is far from over.   As we begin to reintroduce more students to schools' populations, our continued vigilance becomes even more important.

    I feel confident that we have created a safe environment in EBPS.  If you would like to reselect your child’s learning model, moving from full time remote to hybrid, we are ready to welcome them for face to face instruction.  We are requesting all changes to your child’s learning model selection be completed in the Parent Portal.  A new form allowing your changes will be active the week of October 19th and all forms requesting changes must be completed by the end of the school day, October 26th.  These changes will be effective November 17th.

    If you are not making changes to your child’s learning model selection you do not need to complete any form at this time.

    I wish you all a great evening.

     

    September 22, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    Today, I must report we have three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 impacting EBPS.  It is extremely important for you to know these positive COVID cases were not from transmissions within our schools.  They occurred outside of school.  I believe we have created very safe environments in all our facilities, with robust cleaning and sanitizing, supported by our well thought out protocols.

    One case had direct contact with selected teachers and students on Team 3 at EBHS and that resulted in 10 teachers and 27 students being quarantined as “close contacts”.  This illustrates the far reaching impact a singular positive COVID case can have on our schools and our ability to safely remain open.  

    Additionally, we have two cases from local athletic teams, not related to EB schools, testing positive for COVID-19 and they have in turn created  “close contacts” at Central, Chittick, Lawrence Brook and Memorial Elementary Schools, as well as Hammarskjold Middle School which includes our ELA, Before Care and and After School Kids programs.

    All impacted staff and students have been notified and placed in quarantine.  I cannot overemphasize the critical nature of immediate reporting of either positive COVID-19 test results or "close contact" situations outside of school.  If your child or family has been in the presence of a known positive COVID-19 individual or family, keep your children home and call us immediately so we can guide you with next steps for your child’s reentry to school.   If your child presents flu like symptoms please keep them and their siblings home until they have been evaluated and cleared by a physician. 

    Thank you for your continued vigilance and support in this critical effort.

     

    September 14, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    Today is a continuation of my ongoing effort to keep you informed about our recovery to reopen our schools.

    Between Friday evening and this morning we have had additional self reports of “close contacts” with persons having diagnosed positive cases of COVID-19.  One staff member at Central Elementary along with students at Chittick and Memorial Elementary Schools have reported. 

    I anticipate that “close contact” notifications will become one of our new routine occurrences so I wanted to share our district protocol going forward. Notifications of “close contacts” will be communicated by each building principal to whomever is appropriate for each particular circumstance. 

    Known positive COVID-19 cases, within our school community, will be treated with the highest priority for school community communication directly from me.  For everyone’s health and safety please continue to immediately contact your child’s principal to inform us of a "close contact" or a diagnosed positive case of COVID-19.  

    If your child, or someone in your household, is experiencing flu-like symptoms please keep children home until they have been evaluated by a physician and have been cleared to return to school.  It will take all of us working together each day to protect our school population and continue to keep EBPS open. Thank you for continuing to partner with us in this critical effort.

    Have a great rest of your day.

     

    September 11, 2020

    Good afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    Earlier this morning we had two separate high school student self reports with “close contacts”, of individuals testing positive for COVID-19, outside of school.  Close contact is defined by the CDC as being less than six feet from a person testing positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer.  Following our protocol, the students have moved to virtual learning until their 14 day quarantine periods expire.  All EBPS staff who had contact with these students this past Tuesday and Wednesday have been notified.  We believe the risk in these cases are minimal but we treat each case like these with the highest degree of caution.  Again, there is no report of any student testing positive for COVID-19.  These are two independent self reported close contacts.

    Another reason for my communication is to reinforce that self reporting is working and if we build a culture that promotes immediate notification of any “close contact”, we will have the capacity to keep our entire school district population safer...and that means we can keep our schools open.  This directly impacts our ability to begin to consolidate cohorts and bring more students into schools when state guidance and science permits us to do so.

    As we complete our first week, thank you to everyone for supporting our collective efforts to reopen East Brunswick Public Schools.  As I visit schools I see everyone following the plan we created.  That makes me proud and as a community you should be proud too because you are integral partners in our continued success.  Help us by being vigilant over the weekend and into next week.  Early notification of close contacts equals a safer school environment.

    Have a safe weekend.

     

    September 9, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    We are aggressively following our established protocols when a student or staff member has been identified as a “close contact” to someone who tested positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and attended school before we received notification.  We coordinate closely with public health officials and our own district physician, following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community. 

    Today we were notified that several students, representing several schools, were “close contacts” to someone testing positive for COVID-19 outside of EBPS and they attended schools yesterday, September 8th, as part of hybrid cohorts.  As a precaution, those students and their siblings will quarantine for 14 days and participate virtually.  They must remain symptom free before returning to school.

    At this point none of these students have tested positive for COVID-19. They are being treated as “close contacts”.  According to the Middlesex Department of Health, any potential for COVID-19 transmission is mitigated by the precautions we have in place - wearing masks, six feet of distancing and frequent cleaning.  

    In fact, cleaning and disinfecting of all exposed areas has been completed. Each school is also taking precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs and is cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily.  

    We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19. You should continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as: 

    • Staying home when you are sick; 
    • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds; 
    • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues; 
    • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils; 
    • Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart); 
    • Wearing a face covering while in school; and 
    • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms. 

    As always, we appreciate your support and cannot overemphasize the importance of immediate notification if you or a member of your family has been in close contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19.  In fact, our school district success in remaining open depends on immediate notification of "close contact" or positive COVID-19 test results.

    You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern.  We do not have any immediate cause for concern but I thought it was important that you hear the precautions we are taking directly from me.

     

    September 4, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    Here we are, the last workday before students return to the new school year...a year like no other before.  There are so many people with sweat equity invested in our opening.  Our school board (who met at least weekly before this week) teachers and nurses (who have been in this week preparing), support, maintenance and custodial staff, bus drivers, School Security Officers, administrators and especially each of you...representing the community we serve.  Without your support our re-opening would not have been possible.  

    I know and accept the enormous responsibility for what we are about to accomplish.  We have the plan...the time has come to implement the plan.  We will do it safely...

    EDI Indoor Air Quality Evaluation for EBPS 

    with the flexibility to make immediate and thoughtful decisions that improve the teaching and learning environment for our students and staff.

    Thank you East Brunswick Community...We are ready to go! 

    Welcome Back Video

     

    August 29, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools...this time in response to a media article published this morning that questioned our safe return to school.

    Here are the facts on our EBPS ventilation system:

    We have always been proactive in assessing, evaluating and improving our indoor air quality and we will continue that endeavor as an ongoing practice beyond the restart of our schools.    

    We worked hard to exceed every checklist item on our Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools...because every one of our students and staff, as well as the entire East Brunswick Community deserve that level of attention and commitment, especially to environmental safety.  The state's approval of our plan solidifies that commitment from me and every member of my administrative team...every single day.

    There has been a lot of discussion about the type of filters we use in our district HVAC systems.  We always have used the highest rated filters that meet each of our system's operational specifications.  HVAC filters have Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value or (MERV) as defined by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  

    No filter can act as a singular prevention against COVID-19.  Filter upgrades remain possible components of a comprehensive approach to environmental safety if they do not impede the critical indoor/outdoor air exchange rates of the HVAC systems where they are installed.  

    In addition to upgrading all our facility Roof Top Units (RTU’s) from MERV 8 to MERV 13 filtration, we continue to exceed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/indoor-air-and-coronavirus-covid-19 to ensure the highest environmental safety standards in all our facilities by:

    1. Reducing Room Occupation…Our highest occupation, as we start school, will be less than 25% in elementary schools.
    2. Wearing masks.  For our population, 100% of the occupants will wear masks; 100% of the time.
    3. Maintaining 6’ distancing.
    4. Cleaning, on a routine schedule, all classroom and facility hard and touch surfaces.
    5. Vacuuming all floor surfaces with a HEPA vacuum cleaner.
    6. Electrostatically spray cleaning rooms with a hospital grade disinfectant.
    7. Maintaining HVAC unit operations to ensure optimum indoor/outdoor air exchange rates.
    8. Practicing and reinforcing routine hand washing and sanitizing.  We have installed portable hand wash units in all schools to augment our restroom facilities.  Disinfecting spray and hand sanitizer are in all classrooms.  

    I wanted you to know our buildings exceed the published safety protocols for occupancy by students and staff and we look forward to welcoming back our students who have selected the Hybrid Learning Model.

     

    August 27, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    I want to provide a few updates as we approach the opening of school.

    Student forms that need to be completed annually are now available through Parent Access.  Both Hybrid and Virtual students need to complete all forms by Thursday, September 3rd.  If you do not have internet access, please reach out to your child’s school for assistance.

    Tomorrow, Friday, August 28th, elementary parents will be able to access homeroom teachers and student rotation groups for in person learners, through Parent Access, after 3 PM and secondary schools, grades 6-12, will send information on rotation group assignments, for in person learners, by the end of the day.   

    Next week, secondary schools will notify parents when student schedules will be available on Parent Access and all parents will receive information from their child's principal with information about the first days of school. 

     

    August 25, 2020

    Good Morning East Brunswick Community, 

    This is Victor Valeski Superintendent of Schools and Danielle Blalock, Supervisor of Student Services.

    The East Brunswick Public School Nurses are working to ensure safety protocols for the opening of schools.  Please enjoy the video, my department created, which will help you and your family understand our expectations and safety protocols that will remain in place as we come back into our schools and buildings.

    The link to the YouTube video is in the email associated with this message.

    https://youtu.be/aIxWWGzDQiY

    The health and wellness of all students and staff remain our number one priority during our recovery. 

    We wish you all a great afternoon and rest of your summer.

     

    August 18, 2020

    Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,

    This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.

    We clearly heard from members of the school community at last Thursday’s board meeting, the desire to have a “town hall” type forum to discuss our upcoming school year...whether it is the "In-Person Hybrid" learning model or "Full-time Remote" learning model.

    Please join representatives of the administrative team at our Education Breakout, tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19th from 6-8 PM, on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ahg_hmLpuFY 

    The link will also be posted at the top of the homepage of our website.

    You will be able to use the “chat” feature in YouTube to ask questions in our moderated community forum.  Don’t forget to check the Frequently Asked Questions in our Restart & Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools tile on the homepage of our website.  A variety of questions, with answers, have already been posted there and we intend to keep that feature active for your immediate reference.

    Because the deadline to respond to each child’s Restart and Recovery Plan selection was extended to yesterday, Monday, August 17th, cohort placements will now be distributed the last week of August.

    I also wanted to share the following important administrative changes in EBPS:

    • Matthew Hanas, former Assistant Principal at East Brunswick High School, is the incoming Principal for Churchill Junior High School;  Mark Sutor will continue to assist the transition until his retirement in January. 
    • Russell Petronko, former Assistant Principal at Hammarskjold Middle School, is the incoming Assistant Principal for East Brunswick High School.
    • Christine Sce, former Assistant Principal at East Brunswick High School, is the new Principal for Chittick Elementary School.

     

    Victor Valeski,

    Superintendent of Schools