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Since news was first reported in December about the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus (a.k.a., coronavirus) in Wuhan, China, the virus has spread to parts of the United States. Understandably, many people have concerns about guarding against infection, as well as preparing for the possibility of the virus spreading to our community. In an effort to meet these concerns, the Paterson Public School District has constructed this webpage. The district will update this page as new information on COVID-19 becomes available.


April 2, 2020

District issues a press release on the new student meal distribution sites going into effect on Monday, April 6th.

 

April 1, 2020

• The district distributed 32,750 student meals at 14 sites.

• The district completed its third day of distributing the Phase II student home instruction packets at 23 sites.

• Superintendent Shafer gives a district update to parents via robocall.
Click here for transcript.

• Superintendent Shafer gives a district update to parents via Facebook Live message.

 

March 31, 2020

• In a robocall, Superintendent Shafer alerts parents and guardians that the new student home instruction packets are available on the home page of the district’s website.
Click here for the transcript.

 

March 30, 2020

• The district distributed 21,023 student meals at 14 sites.

• The district distributed student home instruction packets at 23 sites.

 

March 29, 2020

District issues a press release announcing new student home instruction packets are available on the district’s website.

• Superintendent Shafer announces in a robocall to parents and guardians that student meals will be distributed at Public School No. 18 instead of the Paterson Riverside Veterans Center.

Click here for transcript.

 

March 28, 2020

• Superintendent Shafer announces in a robocall to parents and guardians that student home instruction packets are available for download from the district’s website.

Click here for transcript.

 

March 27, 2020

• Superintendent Shafer gives a brief follow up on student home instruction packets in a Facebook Live message.

• Superintendent Shafer gives district update on student home instruction packets distribution in a robocall to parents and guardians.

 

March 26, 2020

• Superintendent Shafer gives district update on student meal distribution in a robocall to parents and guardians.

Click here for transcript.

 

March 25, 2020

• The district serves 40,670 student meals at 14 distribution sites.

• The district issues press releases on district employees, a student and a volunteer who tested positive for COVID-19.

The district issues a press release announcing 22 distribution sites for the next round of student instruction packets.

• Superintendent Shafer gives a district update and explains the 22 distribution sites in a Facebook Live message.

• Superintendent Shafer issues two robocalls informing staff and students’ families about instances of positive COVID-19 cases.
First call's transcript    Second call's transcript

 

March 24, 2020

• Superintendent Shafer announces that schools will not reopen as planned on April 1 and that details about how students home instruction will continue will be released this week.
Click here for the robocall transcript.

District issues press release announcing that schools will not reopen as planned on April 1 and that details about how students home instruction will continue will be released this week.

• District distributes 12,667 meals at 14 sites throughout Paterson.

 

March 23, 2020

• A total of 10,673 meals were distributed at 14 sites throughout Paterson.

• The district issues a press release announcing that student meals will be distributed twice a week beginning Wednesday, March 25th and a new roster of distribution sites will go into effect on Monday, March 30th.

• Superintendent Shafer gives a district update to parents via robocall. Click here for transcript.

• Superintendent Shafer gives a district update to parents via Facebook Live message.

 

March 22, 2020

The district issues a press release announcing that student meal distribution will continue within the parameters of Governor Phil Murphy’s “Stay at Home” executive order enacted on Saturday.

• Superintendent Shafer gives district update in a robocall to parents and guardians.
Click here for the transcript.

 

March 20, 2020

• A total of 12,152 meals were distributed at 12 sites throughout Paterson.

District issues press release announcing two additional sites that will begin serving food on Monday, March 23rd.

• Superintendent Shafer gives district update in a robocall to parents and guardians.
Click here for the transcript
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March 19, 2020

• A total of 11,365 meals were distributed at 12 sites throughout Paterson.

• Superintendent Shafer gives a district update in a Facebook Live video.

• District adds Parent Online Resources to the “Resources For Student Home Instruction” tab.

 

March 18, 2020

• Food distribution at 12 sites throughout Paterson continues. A total of 10,860 meals are distributed to district students.
District issues press release.

• Superintendent Shafer gives a district update through Facebook Live video.

• First instructional packet delivered after parent request is made through the Information Call Center

 

March 17, 2020

•  Food distribution at 12 sites throughout Paterson begins. A total of 5,744 meals are distributed to district students.
District issues press release.

• Superintendent Shafer issues robocall to parents about food distribution.
Click here for the transcript.

•  Superintendent Shafer and district administrators develop a plan to fulfill parent requests for instructional packets for their children through the Information Call Center.
District issues press release

•  Superintendent Shafer issues robocall to parents about how to obtain hard copies of student instructional packets.
Click here for a transcript

•  Superintendent Shafer posts video message on the district’s Facebook page.

 

March 16, 2020

•  Schools have their last full day before closing from March 17 through March 31.

•  Hard copies of instructional packets are distributed to students.

• Instructional packets are also uploaded to each school’s website.

•  Superintendent Shafer delivers remarks at a special Board of Education meeting.

 

March 15, 2020

• Superintendent Shafer, Paterson Board of Education President Kenneth Simmons, Vice President Manuel Martinez, Jr., Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh, and Di rector of the Paterson Department of Health and Human Services, and Paterson Board of Education Commissioner, Oshin Castillo-Cruz, released a video message.

•  Many district staff work to make copies of instructional packets to be distributed to students on Monday.

 

March 14, 2020

• Press release issued on the district’s food distribution plan.

•  Robocalls issued to parents and district staff informing them of the upcoming closing of Paterson Public Schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Click here for a transcript.

•  All after school activities are cancelled as of Monday, March 16th. This includes programs held on site, on school grounds, and all programs at locations off site, away from schools grounds.

•  All staff, students and administrators should report to school on Monday, March 16th, for a regular school day. At the end of school day, packets for home instruction will be distributed for students to use while the district is closed from Tuesday, March 17th through Tuesday, March 31st. Schools will reopen on Wednesday, April 1st. Students MUST pick up their instructional packets and turn them in on April 1st in order to get credit and to receive a grade for the days schools are closed.
For any students who cannot pick up their home instruction packets on Monday, administrators will be at schools on Tuesday, March 17th and will have packets available for students.
Food distribution will begin on Tuesday, March 17th.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be two food distribution sites in each of the City of Paterson’s six wards. The locations will be posted on the district’s website the district’s Facebook page, Instagram account and Twitter account. Students and parents should go to the distribution location closest to their residence.

The food distribution locations are:


In Ward 1:

Paterson Fire Department (Northside Firehouse), 48 Temple Street
Seminary Baptist Church, 193 Haledon Avenue


In Ward 2:

Paterson Fire Department (Headquarters), 290 McBride Avenue
Paterson Fire Department (Hillcrest Firehouse), 221 Union Avenue


In Ward 3:

Koinonoa Christian Ministry, 440 East 36th Street
White House/Recreation, 810 Broadway, Eastside Park


In Ward 4:

Paterson Fire Department (Riverside Firehouse), 236 Lafayette Street
St. Luke Baptist Church, 139 Carroll Street


In Ward 5:

Paterson Fire Department (Madison Ave. Firehouse), 850 Madison Avenue
Mighty Sons of God, 77 Park Avenue


In Ward 6:

Paterson Fire Department (Lakeview Firehouse), 211 23rd Avenue
Southside Firehouse, 124 Getty Avenue


Anyone who has questions should call the Information Call Center.

English speakers should call 973-321-0609.
For Spanish speakers, call 973-321-0611.
For Arabic (عربى) speakers, call 973-321-0610.
For Bengali (বাংলা) speakers, call 973-321-0612.

You should get an answer from the district within 24 hours.

 

March 13, 2020

•  District administrators hold Central Office staff meetings updating staff members on the district measures to promote precautions and prepare for possible school closings.

•  District administrators work with Food Services Department to finalize the district’s food distribution plan, which would go into effect in the event of school closings.

•  Superintendent Shafer issued robocall updates to PPS families and staff. Click here for the transcript.

 

March 12, 2020

•  District administrators complete the “Paterson Public Schools Health Related Closure Preparedness Plan,” and submit it to Passaic County Superintendent Carlos Rodriguez

 

March 11, 2020

•  District administrators meet with Paterson charter school leaders to ensure lines of communication with each other are clear.

•  Deputy Superintendent Peron convenes meeting of the Task Force on COVID-19 Preparedness. Task force establishes lines of communication with local public health and public safety officials.

•  Superintendent Shafer releases video messages to students, parents and staff.

 

March 10, 2020

• The district sent the PPS Family Home Technology Survey to the district’s families.

• Superintendent Shafer held an emergency meeting of all district principals this afternoon. At that meeting Assistant Superintendent Joanna Tsimpedes presented information on planning lessons and other ways to keep student instruction moving forward in case schools need to close.

Click here for the presentation.

 

March 9, 2020

• Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer today launched an Information Call Center to receive questions from families and staff about district matters related to the virus. The Information Call Center is able to receive questions in four languages on four separate phone lines, which are as follows:

  ∘ For English, call (973) 321-0609
  ∘ For Arabic (عربى), call (973) 321-0610
  ∘ For Spanish, call (973) 321-0611
  ∘ For Bengali (বাংলা), call (973) 321-0612

Callers who record their questions at the call center will get a response from the district within 24 hours. District staff will check messages regularly throughout each day, Monday through Friday. The phone numbers will be posted to the district’s website and social media accounts.

•  The Academic Services team began working with supervisors and teachers to prepare contingency plans to keep students instruction moving forward in the event that one or more schools close due to the virus. To support this planning effort, students will have a 1 p.m. dismissal on Friday, March 13 to allow staff to have time for lesson planning.

• Superintendent Shafer suspended all field trips and professional travel, both in and out of state, until further notice. The reason is to reduce the potential of students and staff being exposed to anyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

•  Superintendent Shafer issued a robocall updates to all PPS families and staff. Click here for the transcript.

 

March 6, 2020

• Facilities Department began delivering disinfecting wipes to all schools.

• Supervisor of Medical and Nursing Services Kimler Williamson held a meeting of all district nursing staff to reinforce monitoring systems and communications regarding COVID-19.

 

March 5, 2020

• Facilities Department Director Neil Mapp issued the following memo to staff:

pdf Facilities memo to all staff

• Deputy Superintendent Susana Peron scheduled meeting of the Task Force on COVID-19 preparedness on Wednesday, March 11th.

• Deputy Superintendent Susana Peron scheduled meeting of all school-based supervisors on Monday, March 9th, to develop contingency plans for student instruction.

• Superintendent Eileen Shafer recorded and broadcasted robocall to all district staff and families updating them on the district's actions regarding COVID-19. Click here for the transcript.


March 4, 2020

• Superintendant Eileen Shafer sent the following letter to district families and staff:

pdf Letter to Parents - English

pdf Letter to Parents - Spanish

pdf Letterto Parents - Arabic

pdf Letter to Parents - Bangla

pdf Letter to Parents - Turkish

• Superindent Eileen Shafer cancels student trips to Japan & Italy.



 

Student home instruction packets will be distributed on Monday, March 30th, Tuesday, March 31st, and Wednesday, April 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 23 distribution sites throughout the City of Paterson.
These packets will cover instruction from Tuesday, March 31st through Monday, April 20th,
inclusive of Spring break.
Parents and students can turn in any completed packets at the same location they are picking up the new packets.

 

Sites with an asterisk (*) will be distributing student meals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 30th
and Wednesday, April 1st.

English

Spanish

عربى (Arabic)

বাংলা (Bengali)

 

Beginning Wednesday, March 25th, parents and guardians will be able to pick up student meals twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Mondays, parents and guardians will be able to pick up enough student meals for two days (Monday and Tuesday).
On Wednesdays, parents and guardians will be able to pick up enough student meals for three days (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).


The 14 student meal distribution sites are:

Updated 04/02/20

 

English

Spanish

عربى (Arabic)

বাংলা (Bengali)

 

 

Completed student instruction packets are due on the day schools reopen. Students MUST turn in their completed packets in order to receive credit and grades for the days schools are closed.

 

 


Parent Online Resources

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Free Online Novels For Teens & Young Adults

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Free Online Resources for Home Instruction

List of free online resources for students and parents to supplement at-home learning materials.

The listed sites are not endorsed by the Paterson Public School District
and are not meant to replace official corriculum materials.

 

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The district’s Medical and Nursing Services Department has chosen the following videos as excellent resources to help educate children, teenagers and adults about COVID-19, as well as the best handwashing and germ fighting practices.


Paterson Public Schools Videos

Superintendent's Message to Parents          Superintendent's Message to Staff          Superintendent's Message to Students

     

 

District & City Officials Message


All About COVID-19 Video From The CDC:


Effective Handwashing Videos From The CDC

 


Effective Handwashing Videos From Germ Smart

Please note that the CDC recommends washing your hands for 20
seconds or for the time to sing "Happy Birthday" twice

 

 

The posters and flyers below are available to download for public use



CDC Handwashing Flyers and Posters

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made available the following posters for public downloading and display to encourage frequent handwashing. Educators, families and anyone else who wants to promote handwashing where they live or work should feel free to print out these posters.

 

English

Spanish

عربى (Arabic)

বাংলা (Bengali)

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11 x 17

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Health Related Closure Preparedness Plan

 

Food Distribution Plan

 

Essential Staff List

 

Critical Staff


Critical Leads for the Academic Preparedness Plan and Food Distribution Plan

 

 

Areas

 

Critical leaders

 

Superintendent’s Office

Eileen Shafer / Cheryl Williams / Eliza Rodriguez

Communications

Paul Brubaker / Ivonne Reilly/ Dan Juan

Academic Preparedness plan

 

 Technology Support

Yacine Abada / Chris Lewis

 Academics

  • Bilingual Education
  • Special Education
  • Early Childhood Programs

Joanna Tsimpedes / Nicole Brown

  • Lourdes Garcia
  • Cheryl Coy
  • Nancy Holtje

Health Guidance

Kimler Williamson

Schools

David Cozart / Sandra Diodonet /

Joanna Tsimpedes / Cicely Warren

 

 

Food Distribution plan

 

Facilities

Neil Mapp / Chris Dingle

Food Services

Dave Buchholtz

Food Distribution Leads

Eileen Shafer / Susana Peron / David Cozart / Sandra Diodonet / Boris Zaydel / Pamela Powell /Shenita Davis / Lisa Vainieri / Alicia Pavone / Luis Rojas/ Nahed Badawy /

Kemper Mc Dowell / Lenny Moore / Cheryl Coy/ Joanna Tsimpedes / Cicely Warren

Security

Tony Traina / Steve Olimpio

Business Services

Richard Matthews / June Gray

Human Resources

Luis Rojas

Legal Services

Boris Zaydel

Transportation

Lisa Vainieri

 

 

 

 

 
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