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September 10, 2021

Dear Members of the School Community at School #8,

This letter is to inform you that an individual at Christopher Columbus School #8 has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The District is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to ensure the health and safety of our community. Contact tracing has been completed and any individuals who are identified as close contacts have been notified and will remain in quarantine in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines.

Cleaning and disinfecting of all exposed areas will be completed. The school is taking precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and is cleaning all classrooms and offices as well as frequently touched surfaces daily. As you are aware, the custodians are required to leave notes on classroom doors verifying the cleanliness and sanitization of the classrooms.

We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19. We encourage you to continue following 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;
  • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.
  • Avoiding non-essential travel to other states and countries

As always, we appreciate our school community’s support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Should you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to contact the District Nursing Supervisor, Tana Raymond, at 973-340-5000, ext. 2318, your building principal and school nurse.

Below are some resources that might be helpful.

 
  1. Get the Facts about Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  2. Symptoms of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/symptomstesting/symptoms.html
  3. Testing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/index.html; https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing
  4. How to Protect Yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent- gettingsick/prevention.html
  5. What to Do if You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are- sick/stepswhen-sick.html

 

Sincerely,

Anna Sciacca

Anna Sciacca

Superintendent of Garfield Public Schools


Dear Parents, Students, and Families:

Welcome Back to School!  We hope you are well and have enjoyed the summer!
Our Packets were mailed home containing information on the New School Year:)  School begins Wednesday September 8th.  We will have 1/2 days with a 12:55 dismissal on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students will take home a bagged lunch. Full days begin on Monday September 13th. Please arrive no earlier than 830 so that we can ensure students are safe.  Students should line up and enter at their assigned door.
Each child's temperature will be taken when they arrive. Please review the below healthy checklist each day.  If your child exhibits any symptoms as described below in the healthy screening questionnaire, please do not send him/her to school as we want to be sure we all stay healthy:)
Breakfast after the bell will continue this year.  After students enter, all children will receive a breakfast and milk. Students will also receive a free lunch and will eat at school except on 1/2 days when lunch will be sent home.  Please fill out the required paperwork in Parent Portal.  If you need your Parent Portal sign in information, please call the main office.


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Our BACK to SCHOOL Night will be virtual again this year.  Please watch for information on times to log in on TEAMs to attend your child's teacher's session on  the evening of September 15th.
Thank you for being an important part of our school.  We will work together to ensure your child will have a happy, healthy and successful academic year as School #8!

 Health Screening Questionnaire 2021-2022 .pdf

Thank you,

Ms. Bianchi

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Jessica Ribaudo-Piskuloski
175 Lanza Ave
Garfield, NJ 07026
973.272. 7020 ext. 3297
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 Garfield, NJ 07026 

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