2020-04-21 Update - COVID-19 - Day 21 - Planning

Good evening,

This email, like all those sent since we moved into Distance Learning (DL), lands in literally tens of thousands of Inboxes. And as it does, it sparks all  manner of reaction. I have received feedback from families who want more communication; and those who want or need less. I have received feedback from families who want more structure; and those who want or need less. I have received feedback from families who want more clear and regular assessment; and those who want and need less. In short, as with all education, there is no one-size-fits-all.

The approach to DL from the administrators, faculty, and staff of BRRSD has focused on students and the fact that under a global pandemic amidst unprecedented circumstances in our lifetime, while our mission is the same, our means of achieving it has had to change. We continue to plan with our neighbors in the county and with partner districts across the state. We are wrestling with the same underlying challenges, but no two districts are the same. This is why our approaches have been similar but rarely the same. Our response continues to focus on what is in the best interest of our B-R community.

As decisions are made about instruction specific to different grade levels and events specific to individual school, communication, more and more, will come from your building administrators. We continue to plan collaboratively for the good of the entire community, but communication will come directly from the schools.

A large part of our planning involves our budge, and this is the time of year when the Board approves the budget for the upcoming year. The proposed budget has been presented publicly and approved by our county office. Next Tuesday, April 28, 2020, is our scheduled Public Hearing on the budget; however, since we are forced again to hold our meeting virtually, we have released the document a week early to allow for full review. We have also opened a form through which members of the public can ask questions ahead of time. We have done this to ensure that even under these circumstances, we make the process as open and accessible to our community as possible. Information on our our upcoming meeting and access to the proposed budget and our form for submitting questions can be found here.

I hope your are safe and that you continue to communicate with your teachers and building administrators. We are here for you and continue to work with you.

Important Reminders:

  • Timelines and Calendar
  1. As per the governor's directive, we will remain on DL until at least May 18, 2020.
  2. The academic calendar will remain the same for the rest of this school year. Barring emergent events, May 1, May 27, and June 5 will become days off from DL.
  3. Every effort will be made to hold our special events in the safest and most inclusive ways possible. Unfortunately, due to contract and safety issues, we may have to cancel some completely. As this occurs, you will receive direct communication from your school or organization.
  • The district continues to deliver food to qualified families. If your financial situation has changed due to this crisis, please let us know by going to our website here (Select Free and Reduced Lunch).
  • All facilities remain closed to the public. We know that outdoor activity during this time is needed. We encourage it for you and your families, but please remember to follow social distancing. Further, the district is not cleaning outdoor equipment. Please do not use any outdoor equipment, including playground elements, at this time.
  • All information and resources can be found on our Distance Learning webpage.
  • There is a separate page with Wellness Resources connected directly to the COVID-19.
  • Attendance must be submitted each day by 10 a.m. with our Attendance Form
    • Remember to log in to Chrome as each student.
  • For Tech Support, email: DLDtech@brrsd.k12.nj.us

Please continue to make healthy decisions and reach out if you need anything.

Stay safe,

Russell Lazovick
Superintendent of Schools 


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