Dear Penns Grove-Carneys Point RSD Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,
March 17, 2020 marked the day in which a global disease closed school systems, learning became virtual, parents' homes changed to instructional areas and teachers learned the meaning of virtual education. The district has faced many challenges; nonetheless, the district has continued working daily renovating our facilities, revising our curriculum, updating our technology and developing plans to restart our schools.
The district administrative team has been working diligently to provide a positive and productive experience for our staff and students by troubleshooting the variety of challenges that arise on a daily basis. The facilities have not remained idle as we have been renovating, updating and remodeling preparing to receive our teachers and students.
At Lafayette-Pershing School, a new custom shed was built to allow the school to store for many years to come all of the playground equipment that is used at the school for the children in a safe and secure location. At the Field Street School, the students' bathrooms are being renovated along with new flooring and wall tiles. At Paul W. Carleton School, the gym floor has been replaced and the fence behind the school has been fixed. Repairs and renovations in the Middle School gym are now complete. The wood floor has been completely sanded, repaired, and refinished to reflect a first class environment that our students deserve. The ceiling has been replaced with all new ceiling tiles which significantly brightens the environment and gym. One of the district goals for this school year was to develop the Penns Grove High School courtyard. This is now the first Environmental Center for our students to use as a learning center. Major repairs to the tennis courts, including scrubbing off all the mold and dirt with a roto scrubber and painting, were completed. The facilities department did a fantastic job working on the school district facilities.
School buildings have been under regulated entry and exit procedures for staff throughout the duration of the quarantine period. Any public use of these facilities, including meetings, has been prohibited in order to limit exposure of COVID-19 to staff that has been working during closing and to help create an isolated environment for returning students and teachers. Frequent cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting methods have been utilized during the active use of school facilities and will continue. Visitors wanting to enter the school buildings or facilities are restricted until further notice as they will be available for students and staff only.
Our learning goal is to work towards regaining knowledge and skills to improve students' outcomes. We are a great school district and we need to live it by our words and by our actions. With your help, and working as partners, we will get through this together. We miss interacting with our students, our teachers and you - our community. I am proud of you; you have resiliency, strength and determination. We need now more than ever to continue to work together. You are living what we stand for, "Building a Community of Leaders and Achievers."
Your voices and experiences, together with your student's voices and experiences, are indeed valuable to our educational organization. Virtual learning is good but can never replace the human connections between teachers and students during in-person learning.
As we move on to the next phase oflearning under Covid-19, we look forward to welcoming all returning and new students to PGCPRSD (from 6 feet away and a face mask) to our school community!
Be safe, stay healthy, share kindness, continue practicing social distance while wearing your face mask!
My best for the coming year,
Dr. Zenaida Cobian
Superintendent of Schools