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Are you interested in learning about the benefits of eating a whole food diet? Here's a group (sponsored Suppers, one of PPS's community partners) that provides helpful nutritional information.

Helping Children Feel Their Best: Nutrition Based Therapeutics features Dr. Uma Pisharody, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Advocate for Children’s Health.

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More than 50 stakeholders participated in all-day sessions of the Core Planning Team on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Alignment Team met Tuesday evening and on Thursday the Instructional Planning Team had a full day session which included analysis of data provided by the recent surveys of students, parents and community members. The team also looked at PPS standardized testing scores and absenteeism data among other measures.

Read Post about Data Points Inform PPS Strategic Planning: First Week of Planning Underway
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We hope that all of our students and staff will have a restorative and fun spring break. 

After spring break, PPS will continue to follow the NJ Dept of Health COVID travel advisory guidelines. Staff and students who are not vaccinated need to get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for 5 days. This applies to travelers who go outside of the tri-state area of NY, PA and Delaware, and for international travel. If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, and are not vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine. For more details, please click here.

Unvaccinated students who must quarantine for 5 days will be provided with remote learning. If you know in advance that your student will be quarantining between April 18-22, please let your teachers know before spring break, if possible. 

Read Post about Travel Protocols: Quarantine After Travel Information
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Estimados padres y miembros de la comunidad de las Escuelas Públicas de Princeton:  Como sabrán, las Escuelas Públicas de Princeton nos estamos embarcando en un proceso de planificación estratégica a largo plazo, mismo que informará la dirección y las prioridades futuras del distrito. Cada 5 a 7 años, las Escuelas Públicas de Princeton desarrollaremos un plan que nos guíe para nuestro futuro.

Read Post about Introducción a La Encuesta Para Padres Y La Comunidad Del Distrito Escolar de Princeton 
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Thank you to all of our students and families who have continued to follow PPS health protocols. PPS will continue to follow the NJ Dept of Health COVID travel advisory guidelines. Staff and students who are not vaccinated need to get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for 5 days. This applies to travelers who go outside of the tri-state area of NY, PA and Delaware, and for international travel.  If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, and are not vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine.  

For staff and students who are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine after travel. We ask that you monitor for symptoms, stay home if you are not feeling well and get tested for COVID. 

 

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As you may know, Princeton Public Schools is beginning a long-term strategic planning process. Every 5 to 7 years, PPS develops a plan that informs the district's direction and priorities.

Our district values input from our community. Students are important partners as we work toward our long-term plan. We want to hear from your students, grades 3-12. Students will have the opportunity to take a short, anonymous survey in class on starting on April 1.

Read Post about Student Survey Key Part of Strategic Planning Process
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Estimadas familias de PPS,

Gracias por su apoyo en esta transición del enmascaramiento obligatorio. PPS continúa alentando el uso de máscaras, sin embargo, a partir del 7 de marzo, se implementarán nuevas pautas y protocolos que reflejan la nueva orientación del Departamento de Salud de NJ.

A medida que avanzamos al relajar los protocolos de enmascaramiento de COVID, recuerde que este es solo el primer paso. Todos los demás protocolos permanecerán en su lugar. De acuerdo con las pautas de NJDOH, el rastreo de contactos ahora implicará el uso de un radio de 6 pies alrededor de la persona infectada. Anteriormente, con el enmascaramiento universal, podíamos usar un radio de 3 pies para los estudiantes que estaban debidamente enmascarados y sentados en las filas orientadas hacia el frente.

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Thank you for your support as we navigate the transition away from mandated masking. PPS continues to encourage masking. New guidelines and protocols are now in place to reflect the guidance by the NJ Department of Health.

As we take one step forward by relaxing COVID masking protocols, please remember that this is just the first step. All other protocols remain in place, and in some ways, are even more important.

Read Post about Updated Protocols Will Be in Effect Starting March 7
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PPS would like to thank the Princeton Health Department who worked with our wonderful PPS nurses to provide an amazing 1063 vaccinations for PPS families and staff over the course of seven clinics held in recent months. The dedication of the Princeton Health Department and their nurses, who worked in conjunction with our dedicated and hard-working nurses, is remarkable. Huge thanks to everyone who made this possible and thank you to our PPS families and staff who turned out to support this effort.

Read Post about Thank You to the Princeton Health Department for Seven Successful PPS-PHD Vaccination Clinics
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Whether you are a teacher, student, parent, or community member, you are cordially invited to participate in an interactive World Café on March 16 at 7:00 PM. During this event, we will break into small groups to consider each of our concerns and ideas regarding sustainability within the Princeton Public Schools. 

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Princeton Public Schools, in conjunction with Sustainable Princeton, would like to invite PPS families, students, staff and community members to attend a presentation via Zoom tonight at 6:30 regarding efforts by Princeton Public Schools to be more sustainable. The February 16 event will be followed by a March 16 Town Hall.

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We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, Feb. 2, Princeton Public Schools and the Princeton Department of Health will host a free vaccination clinic for PPS students and families from 4 to 6 PM at Princeton High School. Sign up for a free booster shot or for free vaccinations (Pfizer, Moderna or Pediatric Pfizer).

Read Post about Free Vaccination Clinics Hosted by PPS and the Princeton Department of Health: Feb 9, 17 and 24
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PPS is making contingency plans for individual cases of remote learning in January strictly as a precaution. While there are no plans to pivot to remote learning, we continue to work with our local health authorities in order to be prepared for the increase in positive cases. In January, students may need to quarantine after exposure to positive individuals, after travel, or isolate after a positive test. Each of those scenarios will be addressed on a case-by-case basis along with mitigating factors, such as vaccination status.

Read Post about Winter Break Update: Details about Devices, Remote Learning and New Quarantine Guidelines
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PPS students will soon have the opportunity to participate in a free weekly COVID-19 testing program funded by the State of New Jersey. The emphasis will be on unvaccinated students but vaccinated students will also have the option to participate. To participate in testing, we ask that you complete the attached consent form and sign the HIPAA waiver for each student in your household no later than Wednesday, October 20.

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PPS en conjunto con el Departamento de Salud de Princeton están patrocinando dos campañas de vacunación que ofrecerán vacunas gratuitas de 4 a 8 pm el martes 30 de noviembre y el martes 21 de diciembre. Se realizará en el edificio Suzanne Patterson en 45 Stockton Street, ubicado frente a Monument Hall donde anteriormente se encontraba el Senior Resource Center.

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Are you seeking a vaccination for yourself or for your child? Princeton University continues to offer multiple opportunities for students ages 5-11 as well as students ages 12-18 to be vaccinated. The Princeton University website is updated frequently and additional dates may be available. Currently scheduled dates include Nov. 17, Dec 1, Dec 8 and Dec 15. The university offers vaccinations to adults and children 5 years and older.

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The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to support educational settings in safely sustaining in-person instruction. The series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, and other places of educational instruction describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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These highlights are an unofficial  summary of actions taken and topics discussed during the public session of the Princeton Public Schools  Board  of Education meeting on October 26. They are intended to provide timely information to our community, but they do not represent an official accounting of the meeting.  Official minutes will be approved by the Board at its next meeting. 

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Are you a college student interested in working as a substitute teacher for Princeton Public Schools? The process is now easier, because the State of NJ allows students enrolled in accredited colleges to work as substitute teachers. Applicants must also be at least 20 years old and have 30 semester-hour credits, here is more information about the process.

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These highlights are an unofficial  summary of actions taken and topics discussed during the public session of the Princeton Public Schools  Board  of Education meeting on September 28. They are intended to provide timely information to our community, but they do not represent an official accounting of the meeting.  Official minutes will be approved by the Board at its next meeting. 

Read Post about September 28: Board of Education Highlights
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Dr. Robert Ginsberg, a respected educator who has been part of Princeton Public Schools since 1988, has announced his plans to retire on January 1. Dr. Ginsberg currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. A celebration of Dr. Ginsberg's career is planned for December.

Read Post about After 58 Years as an Educator, Dr. Ginsberg Announces January Retirement
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Based on current community transmission data, our school physician has recommended a conservative approach to begin the 2021-22 school year.  We are again planning for a phased approach that will lead us toward a more “normal” experience by mid-year. Advancement to the next phase will be only after approval from the superintendent in consultant with our district physician and health professionals. 

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We continue to be in a public health situation where unvaccinated students and staff must quarantine after travel lasting 24 hours or longer outside of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York or Delaware.

Unvaccinated staff and students must continue to follow the CDC guidelines which require 10 days of quarantine without testing or seven days of quarantine with a negative test taken on day 3-5 after travel. The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.

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We are looking forward to welcoming all families back on September 9. Princeton Public Schools is poised to implement the following mitigation strategies, all designed to keep the health and safety of our students and staff our top priority as we plan to welcome our students and staff back in September.

Read Post about Updated: Health Protocols and Procedures for School Year 2021-2022
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Dana Karas has been selected to serve as the Director of Student Counseling Services for the Princeton Public Schools. Ms. Karas, who has held administrative positions in Franklin Township Public Schools and Lawrence Township Public Schools, previously worked in Princeton first as a middle school French teacher and later as a school counselor at Princeton High School. She will officially join the district at the end of September. 

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These highlights are an unofficial  summary of actions taken and topics discussed during the public session of the Princeton Public Schools  Board  of Education meeting on July 27. They are intended to provide timely information to our community, but they do not represent an official accounting of the meeting.  Official minutes will be approved by the Board at its next meeting. 

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Unvaccinated students participating in summer programs must continue to follow the CDC travel guidelines which require 10 days of quarantine (without testing) or seven days of quarantine (with a negative test taken on day 3-5 after travel). Mask requirements remain in effect for all PPS buildings.

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Si bien el CDC (Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades) ha publicado las nuevas pautas en el uso de mascarillas, PPS debe continuar siguiendo los protocolos que están vigentes hasta que el Departamento de Salud de Nueva Jersey actualice sus pautas para las escuelas.

PPS requiere que todo el personal y los estudiantes, incluso aquellos que están completamente vacunados, usen máscaras en los terrenos de la escuela y sigan todos los protocolos de salud de PPS. Todos los protocolos deportivos permanecen igual. 

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 Estimadas familias, padres y estudiantes:

Hagamos una pausa por un momento para reflexionar mientras recordamos que a mediados de marzo cumplimos un año con el coronavirus.

Enfrentamos desafíos, pero podemos estar agradecidos de que las Escuelas Públicas de Princeton están preparadas para salir del año más difícil de la historia, con escuelas que están abiertas a más y más estudiantes y con el inicio de un plan para septiembre que nos permitirá abrir nuestras puertas a tiempo completo para todos los estudiantes que quieran asistir en persona.

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Following a comprehensive nationwide search, the Princeton Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Carol Kelley has been selected as the next Superintendent of Schools for the Princeton Public Schools. Dr. Kelley’s appointment will be voted on by the Princeton Board of Education at a public meeting tonight, February 18. Once approved by the Board of Education, Dr. Kelley will assume her role as Superintendent on July 1, 2021.

Read Post about Distinguished Educator Dr. Carol Kelley Named PPS Superintendent
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Last fall, Andrea Dinan, the district’s director of service learning and experiential programs, was in search of meaningful volunteer projects that students could undertake during the Covid pandemic when she happened across a posting on an Arabic studies listserv looking for English teachers to help Egyptian pupils with reading. When she replied to the posting to offer help, Dr. Dinan was surprised to learn there could be as many as 900 pupils from the Diwan School in Bani Serif, near Cairo, who would participate. 

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Dear PPS Parents and Staff,

With the support of the Princeton Board of Education, I sent a letter today to Governor Murphy encouraging him to expedite Covid vaccinations for New Jersey educators. In this district we feel strongly that a delay in protecting teachers results in a further reliance on remote instruction, something we all hope to minimize. We are reaching out to other elected officials and continuing to work hard on behalf of PPS students and staff.

I have included a copy of our message to the Governor (below).

Barry Galasso
Interim Superintendent

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PPS is implementing a new procedure for Zoom meetings that will start on Tuesday, January 19. Many students are already following these procedures. Thank you to everyone who logs into Zoom through PPS link and signs in with a district account.

If you need a refresher on how to get into a Zoom class (or if your student has not been signing in to Zoom with a district account) here are instructions for iPads, Chromebooks and MacBooks.

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PPS and the Princeton Department of Health are sponsoring a free vaccination clinic on from 4-8 PM on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 45 Stockton Street, near Monument Hall. To sign up for a vaccination or a booster shot, please use this link. Children who received their first shot at the clinic on Nov. 30 will be eligible for their second shot on Dec. 21.

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Stephenie Tidwell came to education by way of banking, so she knows a lot about applications of mathematics in the financial sector. That knowledge of the uses of mathematics in the real world will help her as she sets about a curricular review in Princeton’s mathematics program intended to broaden participation by creating new course opportunities, particularly at the high school level.

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