Coronavirus Information

May 5, 2020


Dear Camden City School District Families and Community Partners:


On May 4, 2020, Governor Murphy announced that schools will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This means the spring athletic season has officially been canceled. Plans for summer educational or other programs offered at school is still to be determined. This decision was made to protect the health of students, educators, and their families. Therefore, the District will continue remote learning through June 19, 2020. 


Although our school buildings will remain closed and the educational journey will look different, it doesn’t change our district’s commitment to “Putting Students First”. Keeping our students safe and connected to learning is the top priority. Our district will continue to work in collaboration with county and statewide school leaders on school reopening plans for the future. 


Thank you for your patience and understanding while we determine the best plans for our students. Should you have any questions please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document on our website or contact the District’s Solution Center at 856-966-2507.


Honoring the Class of 2020


While we won’t be able to celebrate in person, we will do our best to recognize the Class of 2020 virtually. With guidance from the Department of Education, our School Support team is working on virtual graduation plans. Also, we will continue to celebrate them via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Channel 19. Please take a moment to celebrate the Class of 2020 by submitting a student’s photo and accomplishment(s) to the link below:


http://www.camden.k12.nj.us/for_families/coronavirus_information/2020_senior_shoutouts


Chromebook/Tablet and Education Materials Distribution Continues


I am proud to say we are closing the digital divide for students and families. Over the past two weeks, we distributed over 4,000 Chromebooks and Tablets to students in grades K-12 to support remote learning. We also supplied Pre-K students with additional education materials.


The District has scheduled three make-up days for all students who were unable to pick up their laptop or education materials on their designated school day. Devices and materials can be picked up during the below dates and times at Catto and HB Wilson.

  • Friday, May 8: 10 am to 2 pm 

  • Wednesday, May 13: 2 to 6 pm

  • Friday, May 15: 10 am to 2 pm


If you have questions please contact your school leader. Thank you students and families for your patience as we go through this process together. Details are posted here: http://www.camden.k12.nj.us/for_families/coronavirus_information/chromebook_distribution


Remote Learning Program Updates & Reminders


  • Faculty and Staff Office Hours. Parents should expect a call from their child’s teacher at least once a week to answer any questions, teach a mini-lesson, complete a math problem, read a book, etc. Please check with your teachers and school leaders for designated office hours.

  • Guidance Counselors are available for student support too. Their contact information can be found here: http://www.camden.k12.nj.us/for_families/guidance_counselors_contact

  • Virtual Materials. All resources are digital and can be accessed from Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones. Teachers will also be sharing these plans through Class Dojo and Google Classroom.  

  • Internet Service. Many Internet Service Providers are offering promotions for free wifi access.  


Meal Access 


Meal sites will continue to operate on Mondays and Thursdays, 10AM-12PM. On these days, students will be provided with shelf-stable meals for several days. Please visit the meal site that is closest to your home. The current list of all meal sites across the city can be found here: http://www.camden.k12.nj.us/for_families/coronavirus_information/access_to_meals


Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. Be well and stay safe!


Sincerely,


Katrina T. McCombs, M.Ed., MPA

State District Superintendent

Camden City School District




 




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All prior COVID-19 announcements can be viewed below:


Message to Families on March 6, 2020 Click
Here
Message to Families for March 13, 2020 Click
Here
Message to Families for March 16, 2020 Click Here
Message to Families for March 23, 2020 Click Here
Message to Families for April 3, 2020 Click Here
Message to Families for April 22, 2020 Click Here

 



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