BLOOMFIELD SCHOOLS ADVISORY

District Advisory for Monday, January 3, 2022

Please note that Monday, January 3, 2022 has been reclassified as an in-service day for staff only and students will NOT report to school. Please check the district website for further information regarding student options to return to live instruction on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 or elect a virtual instruction program through January 14, 2022.

FROM ARC of NEW JERSEY

Dear Colleague,
I know that we are all fatigued and upset that the coronavirus cases are surging, and we want it to be done! But, unfortunately, cases of the highly contagious COVID variants have been increasing recently in New Jersey and across the United States. 
Governor Murphy and health care professionals are urging everyone to be aware of the increase in COVID cases in New Jersey and to do what we can to keep ourselves and our families as healthy as possible — especially our loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The current surge in COVID cases is due to the Delta variant, but there are also concerns that the Omicron variant is likely to cause an additional spike in cases. 
These are the current recommendations on COVID vaccines:

  • Everyone age 5 and older should receive the two-shot COVID vaccination. We believe that a majority of the adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in New Jersey received the COVID vaccines that were available earlier this year. For anyone who has not yet been vaccinated, the COVID vaccines are widely available, and the link below provides information in real-time on vaccine availability.
  • The efficacy of the COVID vaccines wanes over a period of months, which has resulted in a considerable number of breakthrough cases of COVID among persons who were vaccinated at least six months ago. Therefore, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is strongly recommending that everyone 18 and older should receive a booster dose if it has been at least six months since the last dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or at least two months since receiving the J&J vaccine.  

New Jersey has a Vaccine Call Center, in multiple languages: 1-855-568-0545The Vaccine Call Center is available from 8 am to 8 pm Monday thru Friday, to register individuals in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, answer questions about the vaccine, provide contact information for sites, check registration status, and update registration information.
Where to get the COVID booster or the initial vaccinationPlease see this Vaccine Appointment finder link, from nj.gov, to find a location in your area that is providing COVID vaccines for individuals who need the booster dose or the initial vaccination:https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder
How to arrange for the booster or initial vaccine at home, if a loved one with IDD is not able to go to a vaccine sitehttps://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/testing-and-treatment/how-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine-if-im-homebound#direct-link
How and where to get testedEspecially with the Christmas and New Year’s holidays approaching, it will be helpful to know how to get tested for COVID. See this link for information: free testing sites; free at-home testing; and local pharmacies (where payment is required). https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing#test-sites
What are some of the symptoms of COVID?Common COVID symptoms may include headache, loss of smell and taste, nasal congestion, cough, muscle pain, sore throat, fever, diarrhea, fatigue, or breathing difficulties. People with the same infection may have different symptoms, and their symptoms may change over time. Sometimes a person who tests positive for COVID has only one or two of the classic symptoms.
Recommendations from the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:Get the COVID vaccine and a booster (see above on eligibility for the booster).Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces daily. If someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19, disinfect frequently touched surfaces.Monitor your health daily.
Here are three additional links that may be of interest:
Helpful information on COVID-19, including FAQs, from nj.govhttps://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine
Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines, from the CDChttps://bit.ly/cdc-keythings
The NJ Department of Health has a YouTube Channel with education and informational video clipshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXWk66_cfg2MClHHv4AAxA/videos
Please share this with others who may also be interested. Our best wishes to everyone for a very healthy, safe, and happy Holiday Season!  

Thank you,
Beverly RobertsDirector, Mainstreaming Medical CareThe Arc of New Jersey985 Livingston AvenueNorth Brunswick, NJ 08902
Click here to see The Arc of NJ’s COVID-19 information and resource page. Click here to access information from the State Of New Jersey on COVID-19.

A Fresh New Change For SEPAC

I have decided to resign as the Leader of SEPAC, effective immediately and I am delighted to welcome Ms. Deborah Gordon-Goodrich as our new Bloomfield SEPAC LEADER!

You will know Ms. Gordon-Goodrich who has served with great diligence and compassion as one of our Team Leaders for several years and I am delighted to see her leading SEPAC in new and innovative directions. You can look forward to great things with her at the helm.

I am indebted to my fellow SEPAC Board, Ms. Nicole Dyer-Foncello and Ms. Catzel LaVecchia along with Deborah, for their wonderful and very generous support over the time I have served as Leader. Thanks too, to Ms. Carla Anez who always helped me out of a jam with translations and to the Bloomfield School District Staff who have worked together in the spirit of cooperation as often as possible. Lastly, I am most grateful to you our SEPAC Parents who have participated in our Meetings and helped us work to find solutions to help our kids. Parents helping Parents is why we are here.

Looking forward to a great new School Year for everyone.

Very truly yours,

Greg Lombardi

8-31-21 7-8 PM – Family Support Organization of Essex County NJ – Bilingual Support Group

Bilingual Support Group – for Spanish speaking caregiversTonight from 7pm-8pm
This group is a space for parents and guardians to connect and address their concerns, questions, and feelings about raising a child with a variety of special needs, especially, behavioral, emotional and mental health challenges. 
FSOEC works closely with community partners to identify and link individuals and their families to appropriate community resources. We provide a supportive environment where parents help parents learn new strategies to effect positive change in their families and create long lasting relationships.Meeting ID: 933 4602 5051

En españolEste grupo de apoyo es con la finalidad de proveer un espacio donde los padres se puedan conectar y puedan abordar sus preocupaciones, preguntas y sentimientos que sentimos cuando estamos criando un hijo(a) con necesidades especiales. Especialmente, desafíos conductuales, emocionales y de salud mental. FSOEC trabaja en estrecha colaboración con personas de nuestra comunidad para identificar y vincular a los padres como usted y sus familias con los recursos apropiados en sus comunidades. Durante este grupo de apoyo, usted encontrara un ambiente de apoyo, donde los padres ayudan a los padres y juntos aprenden nuevas estrategias para lograr un cambio positivo en sus familias y crear relaciones duraderas. Meeting ID: 933 4602 5051

AUTISM & ADHD Survey – Parent Participation Sought.

Does your child have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? 

Are you willing to share your thoughts about your child’s difficulties at home and/or at school?

If so, you might qualify to participate in our research study.

We are looking for parent(s)/guardian(s) of children ages 8 to 18

 to help us better understand the treatment needs of children with ASD 

If you qualify for this study, and would like to participate, click on the link  below: 

https://stjohns.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5zPuvabR6KgdB1r

Participants may enter a raffle to win one of five $25 Amazon gift cards!

All information collected will be treated as confidential 

If you have questions about this study, please contact the primary researcher, Victoria Nicosia 

Victoria.nicosia15@stjohns.edu 

Thank you very much for your time and consideration!

Does your child have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Are you willing to share your thoughts about your child’s difficulties at home and/or at school?

If so, you might qualify to participate in our research study.

We are looking for parent(s)/guardian(s) of children ages 8 to 18

 to help us better understand the treatment needs of children with ADHD

If you qualify for this study, and would like to help us, click on the link below: 

https://stjohns.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5zPuvabR6KgdB1r

Participants may enter a raffle to win one of five $25 Amazon gift cards!

All information collected will be treated as confidential 

If you have questions about this study, please contact the primary researcher, Victoria Nicosia

Victoria.nicosia15@stjohns.edu

Thank you very much for your time and consideration!

Tonight’s (April 21, 6-7:30 P.M.) SEPAC Meeting is in two Parts

PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NEED 2 LINKS FOR TONIGHT’S 2-Part SEPAC Meeting
Topic/Speaker: Two Presentations
(1) 6-6:30 P.M.-Return to School Question and Answer Session Hybrid vs Virtual Sessions in Special Education
Meeting ID: Meeting ID
meet.google.com/onk-vfmq-qxb
Phone Numbers
(US)
+1 413-591-0930
PIN: 949 910 954#

THEN AT 6:30 SWITCH TO THE ZOOM LINK https://path_to_success_april2021.eventbrite.com/

(2) 6:30-7:30 P.M.-SPAN Presentation with Dawn Monaco- How to include your child in their IEP Meetings, for greater participation and success
with Q & A.

Topic: Student-led IEPs
This presentation will discuss what parents need to do to begin the student-led IEP process for students, what students need to know
to begin the student-led IEP process and what student-led IEPs look and feel like for students, families, and teachers