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Dear PPS Families, 

With the exception of Princeton High School, which will be remote this week for staffing reasons, all other PPS schools will have in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 3. PHS parents will receive detailed information from Principal Chmiel this evening.

As you prepare for school tomorrow, we ask that all students (including PHS students) take a moment to fill out the CrisisGo screening tool Sunday evening. The normal morning CrisisGo procedures will be in effect Monday morning. Thank you for your cooperation. CrisisGo will provide the district with a sense of how many students will be remote on Monday.

We appreciate the fact that many parents will need to keep their students home on Monday, and we will work to provide the most robust options possible for students who will be remote. At the same time, we believe that for many students being in school is the best possible option, and we continue to strive to keep schools open. If necessary, the district will switch to remote learning on a class-by-class or school-by school basis to minimize the number of students who are remote.

Please note that things are changing quickly today, and new guidelines from the State of NJ could mean a change in our plans.

In the meantime, please think carefully about the mask your student wears tomorrow. More than ever, it is crucial to wear a high-quality mask, such as a KN95, N95 or surgical mask. We discourage sending students to school in cloth masks during this period of heightened transmission.

I would like to share a few more details about Monday:

  • As of late afternoon, there are enough teachers to open all schools except PHS. Please join me in thanking our dedicated staff. 
  • Nutri-Serve, our food services provider, is short-staffed because of COVID. PPS will still provide breakfast and lunch to our students, but the menu options are limited. If possible, please have your students bring a lunch, because this will expedite the lunch process.
  • If your child is unvaccinated and someone in your house is COVID positive, awaiting test results, or showing symptoms, please keep your child home and notify your school.
  • If you have traveled, please follow the guidelines detailed here.
  • Surveillance COVID testing (a PCR saliva test) is available for students through Mirimus, Inc. Sign up here. More details will be provided by your building principal.
  • Please complete the CrisisGo questions every morning as usual.
  • We are monitoring the weather conditions.

Recent days have been difficult for many PPS students, families and staff who have received positive test results or have been unable to obtain a test. Thank you for your continued efforts to support our public schools. 

Warmly,

Dr. Carol Kelley
Superintendent of Schools

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