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TPS All Virtual/Remote Jan. 3-14

Message Sent. Jan. 12


Trenton Public Schools will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 18, for in-person instruction. Schools and district offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.


COVID-19 Updates

  • The district has been monitoring the COVID-19 infection rate in the city of Trenton and within our school community with the help of the Trenton Health Department.
  • We have tested several hundred students and the number of COVID-19 infections are very low among those tested. We have seen some increase in staff positive test results, however, because of our COVID protocols, and the pivot to virtual instruction/hybrid work environment, we have seen little impact to the contact tracing process within our buildings. Based on the information and number of COVID-19 cases reported, we will have adequate staff to support our students when TPS returns to in-person instruction on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
  • If your student has tested positive for COVID-19, please fill out this Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeA_ttmd063HDzj9in0QGHBi0HZS5b4GX5ItTYTCxbCoYH9Gw/viewform?usp=sf_link
  • COVID Protocols: The district pivoted to a remote/virtual learning environment for two weeks, implemented a hybrid work schedule, conducted a deep clean of TPS buildings on Jan. 7, and enhanced its cleaning protocols.
  • COVID-19 Rapid Testing is available for staff and students on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 1 -3:30 p.m.; while supplies last. Please make sure to wear a mask. Testing will take place at Mott Elementary School (45 Stokely Avenue). Please use the cafeteria entrance. COVID-19 Rapid Testing is sponsored by The City Of Trenton Health Department and Office of Emergency Management.


Resources


TPS Communication

  • Are you receiving communication from the district and your school(s)? The district needs to ensure all students have updated parent and guardian information in PowerSchool.
  • Please confirm you have created a PowerSchool account (https://tpsnj.powerschool.com/public/home.html).
  • Updates regarding COVID-19 contact tracing, inclement weather closures, redistricting news, and more are sent out to families and TPS needs to make sure your information is up-to-date. 
    • If your address, phone number, and/or email address has changed, please reach out to your school’s secretary or parent liaison. 


Reminders


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Message sent Jan. 1, 2022: 


As the district implements the Emergency Virtual/Remote Learning Plan, TPS is working within our departments to ensure that our students have access to their classes, meals, and testing.

 

Students should monitor their TPS emails as they will be receiving further information from their teachers.

 

View the full message “TPS All Virtual/Remote Jan. 3-14” sent to families on Thursday, Dec. 30: https://www.trentonk12.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6YGI0I0&dasi=4G3II. The information below will be added to the link above for your convenience. 

 

Food Distribution - Jan. 3, Jan. 5, and Jan. 12

  • On Monday, Jan. 3, TPS students will receive food for two days. 
    • Students should utilize sites closest to their home schools (see list below).
    • Each family will receive instructions on how to prepare/reheat the food
    • Distribution of food will be from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • On Wednesday, Jan. 5, and Wednesday, Jan. 12, TPS students will receive food for five days.
    • Students should utilize sites closest to their home schools 
    • The meal-kit will consist of five breakfast meals and five lunch meals
    • Each family will receive instructions on how to prepare/reheat the food
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables will also be provided
    • Distribution of food will be from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • The following sites will be utilized for meal distribution
    • MLK Elementary
    • Washington Elementary 
    • Mott Elementary
    • Kilmer Middle School
    • Gregory Elementary 
    • TCHS
    • PJ Hill Elementary
    • Rivera Middle School 
  • Entry/Exit points will be clearly marked to ensure social distancing.
  • Custodians and security will be at each location to assist with the distribution of the food.

COVID-19 Testing

  • The Trenton Health Department has agreed to offer testing during our temporary pivot to virtual/remote learning for any staff member or student. This information should provide our team with a more accurate number of individuals who may be infected with COVID-19. 
  • Information regarding dates of testing and locations will be communicated soon.

Technology 

  • If any student did not bring their district-issued device/charger, needs a device, or is having a technology issue, please contact your school. 
  • Students will have the opportunity to retrieve any needed materials or devices from their building during the school day. 

TPS Communication

  • Are you receiving communication from the district and your school(s)? The district needs to ensure all students have updated parent and guardian information in PowerSchool.
    • Please confirm you have created a PowerSchool account (https://tpsnj.powerschool.com/public/home.html).
    • Updates regarding COVID-19 contact tracing, inclement weather closures, redistricting news, and more are sent out to families and TPS needs to make sure your information is up-to-date. 
    • If your address, phone number, and/or email address has changed, please reach out to your school’s secretary or parent liaison. 

Reminders


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Message Sent Dec. 30, 2021


Dear TPS Families, 


I am writing to share important updates regarding COVID-19 infection rates in the city and the impact this information has on Trenton Public Schools. Prior to and during winter break, we have been in constant communication and collaboration with the Trenton Health Department about COVID-19 testing and potential student and/or staff “links” to COVID-19 infections in the city. The city of Trenton is experiencing a drastic increase in infections over the last few weeks. On Monday, the health department reported that they recorded a .14% infection rate from a total of 700 individuals tested in Trenton and on Wednesday of this week, approximately 146 out of 500 individuals tested positive. Health officials also indicated that many infections are “linked” to staff and students within Trenton Public Schools. While the district is not reporting a drastic increase in infections, health officials predict that current trends in the city will have an impact on our schools.


Based on current COVID-19 infection rates data and the potential links to students and staff in the district, the Trenton Health Department is recommending that Trenton Public Schools operate on a full virtual/remote schedule for the first 10 school days after returning from the winter break. During the weeks of Jan. 3-7 and Jan. 10-14, Trenton Public Schools will activate the “Emergency Virtual/Remote Learning Plan.” View the plan through the outline and the link below. 


Emergency Virtual/Remote Learning Plan: Trenton Public Schools has developed the remote learning plan, per the outlined mandate and ensures the district satisfies the requirements governed under Chapter 27, which provides for continuity of instruction in the event of a public-health related district closure so that local educational agencies can use virtual or remote instruction to satisfy the 180-day requirement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-9.


Plan Highlights:

  • While Trenton Public Schools believes that there is no replacement for in-person instruction, this plan ensures meaningful remote education for students through online instruction and activities designed to promote student independence. This plan also includes provisions for how meals will be distributed to eligible students, how special education related services will be provided and how ESL services will be provided by the district. Any district program of virtual or remote instruction implemented for the general education students will provide the same educational opportunities to students with disabilities.
  • District staff will be expected to post information and assignments, class announcements, as well as instruction and feedback through Google Classroom. Zoom and Google Meet will be used as main interaction platforms. School emails will be used as a main mode of communication between students and educators.
  • Trenton Public Schools will implement a Full Day Virtual or Remote Instruction Model, which calls for a Virtual learning model for 100% of students that include scheduled synchronous learning, live interaction with teachers, and mandatory participation times.
  • All classroom instruction is SYNCHRONOUS and LIVE, via Zoom/Google Meet. The office of Teaching & Learning has prepared a "Remote Instruction" folder that will be shared by each principal to their staff. Asynchronous learning opportunities may be used after the direct instruction portion of the lesson. Please contact your department supervisors for more details.
  • Food Service operations are managed and provided through Aramark. Appropriate social distancing and safety measures are implemented for meal delivery and pick-up. Food insecurity remains an ongoing concern for the reopening of schools. TPS will continue to work with Aramark to consider ways to distribute food to all students. During the school closure, students will receive a meal distribution on a weekly basis.
  • https://www.trentonk12.org/Downloads/Emergency%20Virtual%20or%20Remote%20Instructional%20Programs.pdf

Please use the Google Form to report positive COVID-19 test results for Dec. 24 - Jan. 2. For more information, please go to the district’s COVID-19 webpage: https://www.trentonk12.org/COVID.aspx and continue to monitor your emails and phone calls from the district. TPS will communicate additional information regarding food distributions, technology updates, and more.

Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of our TPS community.

Sincerely,

James Earle
Superintendent
Trenton Public Schools

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