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Back to School Information

Dear CP Families,

Welcome back to school! Let’s partner to make this a safe and wonderful year for everyone!

Please review any aspects of this plan with your child(ren) that you think need to be explained. Some of these processes/plans are different than what we are used to. Our goal is to be clear and to clearly communicate what is expected of everyone. Masks are required at all times.

We will do all that we can to keep our CP community safe. Help us to do that by sharing information with your children and talking with them about what to expect. Teachers will send classroom specific information.

Unfortunately, we have experience with this and know what to do. Your children are considerate and sensitive. We will get through this safely.


Dineen Gruchacz


Before Arriving and Arrival

The daily screening tool for all students MUST be completed before 7:30 am. Failure to comply with completing the tool will result in a phone call home to pick-up your child from school. This is critical to keeping CP safe this school year! Arrival begins at 8:00am – no earlier!

All students who arrive by car will be dropped off along the sidewalk. Cars must pull up to the library doors. Stay in your car and a staff member will help to get your child out and pointed in the right direction. Kindergarten, First and Second Graders will use the library entrance.  Students in Grades 3, 4, & 5 will walk in through the main entrance.  Do not leave your car unattended in the car line at any time. Walkers/bikers will be directed to enter the building at the entrances as described above.

Once students enter the building, they will pick up breakfast if they have not eaten. All students are offered free breakfast this year. They will eat in one of our designated areas. Nurse Vera will coordinate with our food services regarding restrictions for food allergies.

Lunch and Recess

All students are offered free lunch this year. Lunch periods will be 20 minutes long. Students will eat lunch in a variety of spaces to ensure social distance and safety. Some classes will eat in their classroom, some in the cafeteria (facing the same direction, 3 feet apart )and lunch will be outside when possible. Students can bring their own lunch to school. Hand washing/sanitizing and cleaning of surfaces will take place. While lunch is considered a “social” time for students to gather, we are going have students stay focused on eating lunch without their mask on rather than talking. When students are finished eating, they will immediately put their mask back on. Recess will be 30 minutes long, outside. In inclement weather, we will have an alternate activity / indoor recess planned for our students so that they enjoy a mental break before returning to their class.


We encourage our students to bring a snack to school every day. Snack helps them to get through the school day.


Our bus riders will be dismissed via the main entrance and be escorted to the bus pick up area (Witherspoon Street). There will be social distancing on the bus and masks must be worn at all times

Our car pickup students will gather inside near the library entrance and will wait for their parent to arrive, and their name will be called. Please wait in your vehicle for your child to be escorted to the car. Please have your child’s name displayed in the window of your car so we can quickly see the name. Please drive slowly and carefully in our driveway.

Students who are signed up for the YMCA After-School Program will be walked to the APR where they will be met by the YMCA staff. 

Walkers will be dismissed via doors indicated in our Arrival/Dismissal procedures document. 

Masks and Mask Breaks

Masks will be worn by all students and staff members at CP. When mask breaks are taken, students will maintain social distancing rules and will be supervised by an adult.

HVAC  and Indoor Air Quality

Last summer, CP was under construction to replace the HVAC system in all of the classrooms. AIREDALE Ventilation Systems were installed. For specific information regarding the HVAC system, please see the links below.

Video: FAQ about indoor air quality with the Director of Facilities

Health & Safety Protocols

Indoor Air Quality

Covid Testing for Students

PPS recently completed a survey to opt in for receiving State COVID-19 screening testing support to initiate a program to screen our unvaccinated students. We will await further information from the state on next steps.  In the meantime, we will continue to explore options available to initiate a testing program when COVID-19 activity levels in our local community are in the moderate to very high range.

Dear CP Families,

Welcome to a new Community Park school year. We are excited to be returning to school in person and full day!  I remain dedicated to serving as your principal and maintaining a clear vision for school unity and connectedness through conversation, programs, and events. The realities of the COVID virus remain and thus require us to maintain safety protocols and flexibility.  As your principal, my goal for this year is to lead the faculty as we rebuild our learning community.

We open this fall with Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) classes on all grade levels, while maintaining traditional classes at the 4th and 5th grade levels as well. We welcome our students and families who are part of our program from other Princeton public elementary schools, as well our new families who have moved to Princeton from around the country (and the globe!).

Your child’s placement (grades 1-5) will be posted on the Parent Portal and will be available for viewing on August 27th.  Kindergarten placement will be posted after K Orientation. Please note that before this information is accessible to you on the portal, you will be required to update the forms and consents on the system after you log in.

Thursday, September 9 is our first day! This will be a full day. The school day begins at 8:25 and concludes at 3:00 (2:55 for Kindergarten). Children are welcome to enter the building at 8:00 (no earlier). 

Upon arrival, our staff members will greet students and guide them to their classrooms.  Due to continuing health and safety guidelines, we will ask walker parents to please plan to leave your students with our staff at the main entrance.  You can find specific arrival and dismissal procedures on the attached document.

Additionally, your child’s teacher(s) will communicate any further details regarding their classroom procedures, and more general guidelines can be found in the elementary school handbook.

Health Assessments: The district is continuing to require that parents complete the student health assessment for every day. You can complete this electronically on the Parent Portal at the “Grades and Attendance” tab. We prefer you complete this online, but if for any reason you are unable to do so, your child should come to school with a completed paper form (see attached) every day.

PowerSchool and SchoolMessenger: The PowerSchool Parent Portal is the district’s student information system and is an important source of information sharing between the schools and families, including your child’s placement and scheduling information, report cards, etc. Additionally, permissions are now completed through the Parent Portal, and are required for moving through the platform. Please complete the media consent and district use policy acknowledgments, and update contact information (phone numbers and email addresses only) if you have not already done so. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please contact our main office (609-806-4230) for assistance.

Email addresses listed in PowerSchool are used to generate the SchoolMessenger communication distribution list. This is a vital communication tool between the Community Park School and our families, so please be sure that those email addresses at which you would like to receive information are correctly listed and advise the CP Main Office if you are not receiving our communications via SchoolMessenger.

Breakfast/Lunch: Students may bring a lunch or eat a free lunch provided by the district/USDA.

Masking Guidelines and Quarantine: Masks are required for all students and staff inside the school building.  Masks are not required outside if students are six feet apart. If they are closer than 6 ft. then masks are required. Princeton Public Schools will follow the direction of the state regarding travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

More detail can be found at the recent health information communication sent by PPS and found on the district website.  Please reference our FAQ for details on how long you must quarantine if you plan to travel prior to September 9.

Devices: Students should have their devices (iPad for grade K and 1, Chromebook for grades 2-5) at school every day. Please be sure to review the district acceptable use policy and evaluate the district’s device insurance plan on the Parent Portal. Information about device distribution for Kindergarten and grade 2 will be shared by your child’s teacher.

Dates to Remember


Wed, Sept 8

 Grades 1-5 PTO New Family Tours, 8:30-9:30 am
  *Kindergarten Parent Tours, 1:45-2:45 pm & Kindergarten Meet & Greet, 2
   PM to 3 PM.
  Details and Sign-ups for tours to come via Konstella/CP PTO

Thurs, Sept 9

 First Day of School
 PTO Coffee and Welcome - 8:00-8:45 am outside near the main entrance

Fri, Sept 10

 Wear Your CP T-Shirts (to be provided by the CP PTO!)

Thurs, Sept 23

 Virtual Back to School Night, 6:30 p.m. (details to come)


I am excited to serve again as principal of CP. I am proud of the work we have done and confident about the work we will do! I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, September 9, our first day of school. 



Dineen Gruchacz, Principal