Superintendent's Blog

  • Update 6/5/2020

    Posted by James Albro on 6/5/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Hello again to the Wallington Community.  As we begin to close out our school year I hope you are enjoying some sunshine and most of all great health.  I wanted to take a moment to update you all on some newer and older topics that I have been covering in this blog.  As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or for more communication.

    Parades:  I had mentioned previously that there were plans for some parades to honor the various graduates from our different grade levels.  Over the last week there has been much work done to advance these events, and I wanted to specifically thank a few different groups for all of their efforts in making these events happen. 

    The PTA has stepped up to take care of the planning for the grade 6 parade.  In addition, banners were purchased for the elementary graduates as well as lawn signs for each and every sixth grader at Gavlak School.  Mrs. Preinfalk personally worked with the WPD to plan every aspect of the cavalcade to take place as well.  You can take a drive over to Gavlak School to see the lawn signs.  It's quite impressive.  In addtion, I would like to thank the Wallington HS HSO.  They have taken the initiative to prepare the grade 8 graduation parade, and have been working with Mr. Fromfield and others on the design and implementation.  In addition, they too sponsored lawn signs for the grade 8 and 12 students - AND personally delivered them to the student homes!  Having these two organizations in our corner, and looking out for our students is a blessing indeed - so thank you to both and to all of their members that have helped along the way.  

    I would also like to thank OEM Officer Lepinski and Chief Imbruglia for all of their assistance.  Planning these parades involves the cooperation and coordination of our local police to set up, stage, and monitor the routes to keep everyone safe.  These gentlemen have worked with us and put the parade plans together for us so that we can offer these events to our students in ways that are safe and socially responsible.  Without their assistance, we would not be able to coordinate any of this.  

    Here is some information on the parade dates/times (more specific information will be sent out to families and students next week):

    Grade 6 - June 12th at 1:00 pm

    Grade 8 - June 15 at 6:30 pm

    Grade K - June 15 at 9:30 am

    Grade 12 - June 16 at 6:30 pm

    Summer Programming:  The district has applied to receive funding through the CARES act that would provide for additional instruction for our students that would take place in the summer and in the form of after school programming in the next school year. The effort here is to provide instruction to remediate some of the gaps in instruction that have taken place due to the move from in person instruction to virtual instruction.  We are in the process of setting this up now since our application has been sent to the State for approval.  Once we receive approvals, our Principals will send out information to parents about summer instruction programs that students can register for.  These programs will be virtual programs, as the rules for social distancing are still in place.  It is my hope that we will have the majority of our students take advantage of this opportunity.  There is no cost to parents, and it would be a good way for students to either catch up on what they may have had difficulty with or to get a head start on September.  

    Return of Material:  Last week I had mentioned the return of materials to school and to students.  Information on this has been coming out over the last week, and will continue to be provided over the next week as well.  Please contact principals with any questions you may have, as we are trying to coordinate this for approximately 1300 students over several days (while practicing social distancing etc!).  Our effort is to make this go as smoothly as possible for our staff and our families.  Most important is to get our student belongings back to their rightful owners, and for the district to collect textbooks, chromebooks, and other materials we will need to start our new grades in September.  Again, please reach out to the building principals with any questions.

    I plan to update this blog at least one more time before we close out the school year.  My thanks to those who have been reading it and I hope it has been useful to you. 

    #staysafe #pantherstrong


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  • On Thursday evening, March 5th, the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) provided new guidance regarding requirements for public health-related school closure, stating:


    "In the event a board of education is provided a written directive by either the NJDOH or the health officer of the jurisdiction to institute a public health-related closure, the board of education may utilize home instruction to provide instructional services to enrolled students. Any day in which students impacted by a public health-related closure have access to home instruction services provided consistent with the guidance in this memo will count as a day in which the board of education has provided public school facilities toward its compliance with the 180-day requirement in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-9."