Good afternoon. Happy Friday! This week we reported 39 cases of COVID to the County Health Department. The school-by-school breakdown is as follows: MHS = 14 cases, Edgar = 15 cases, Campbell =4 cases, Moss = 5 cases, and one case classified as other. When the COVID-19 level of community transmission is high, the New Jersey Department of Education strongly encourages all LEAs to follow the NJDOH recommendations, including universal masking for all students and staff. I realize that much of society has essentially given up trying to reduce the spread of COVID. However, with New Jersey and our region of the state in orange (high COVID activity), with local cases at their highest since the January surge, with influenza at high levels unusually late in the spring, and with so many important springtime and year-end events and celebrations coming up, I have decided that, beginning Monday, masks will be required for everyone on school buses and everyone inside school buildings except for when eating. This requirement will be reconsidered on a week-by-week basis. Thank you for your understanding - and for your expected cooperation. Have a great weekend. We are in the middle of two Rutgers graduations for my son. His Rutgers Business School graduation was yesterday, and the university-wide commencement is Sunday. In addition, in his four years “On the Banks” (with essentially a year and a half of it on Zoom!), he also managed to complete a second major in criminal justice, and has a job as an accountant with EY that he starts in September. We are so proud of him. Congratulations to all those in the Metuchen community also celebrating graduations this month. Time flies! Dr. Vincent Caputo, Superintendent of Schools
5 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Good morning. This week we reported 35 cases to the County. The school-by-school breakdown is as follows: MHS=20 cases; Edgar=7 cases, Campbell=6 cases, and Moss=2 cases. Per this week’s state CALI report, New Jersey and the central-east region of the state are still YELLOW (moderate activity). The last four weeks have seen a surge in local cases. While masks are still not required in district, we welcome them, especially in indoor, crowded settings. By the way, influenza activity remains high in the state. This is relatively late in the spring to see such high activity. And this week we had (literal and figurative) ground-shaking events with the on-going Russian invasion of Ukraine and the leak of a forthcoming Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade. Coincidently this week we also received our vote-by-mail primary ballots. Voting is so critical. Please mark primary and election days on your calendars. And now for some good news from around the district: • MHS is proud to announce the honorees for this year’s MHS Star Awards, which recognizes students, faculty, staff, and community organizations that give back in a significant way to the school and community. Congratulations to our award recipients! See this year’s winners here: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1203/MHS/2057819/Star_Awards_Announcement_-_May_2022.pdf. • The Edgar School 5th and 6th grade chorus performed to rave reviews at the Somerset Patriots game on Wednesday night. • With 100 volunteers already dedicated to Campbell School’s June 3rd Field Day 2022 don’t miss your chance to be part of the Volunteer Squad. The Campbell team has already met with local businesses, arranged music, obstacle courses, and more. If you’d like to be part of Field Day 2022, we’d love to have you. The sign-up, linked HERE, will be open through 5pm today. • We have a former employee and Metuchen parent doing a reading at Moss of her newly published book. Havoc in the Hamock - by Kelly Jaques. • And more good news: former student, Joel Nadler, had his book, Abandoned New Jersey, published. You can see him at the photo exhibit and book launch at Papillon & Company tonight from 5 to 7pm. Then he’ll be at the Metuchen Public Library on Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm. Finally, we keep adding new information to our referendum website. Take a look and let us know if you have any questions. You can find it here: https://sites.google.com/view/metuchenreferendum2022?utm_source=Google+Site&utm_medium=Google+Site&utm_campaign=Referendum+ Have a great weekend. Happy Mother’s Day. Dr. Vincent Caputo Superintendent of Schools
13 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. New Jersey and the state’s central-east region both remain YELLOW. That indicates a moderate level of COVID activity. This week we reported 4 COVID cases to the County Health Department. The breakdown is as follows: MHS=1, Edgar=3, Campbell=0, and Moss=0. Have a great afternoon and a relaxing weekend. Dr. Vincent Caputo
about 2 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Hello there. New Jersey and the state’s central-east region remain YELLOW. That indicates a moderate level of COVID activity. This week we reported eight COVID cases to the County Health Department. The breakdown is as follows: MHS=2, Edgar=3, Campbell=3, and Moss=0. That’s a steep increase. We are watching the new BA2 variant very carefully. We know masking and vaccinations slow the spread of COVID. Stay vigilant. For Edgar students, the Newspaper program will run on Tuesdays on Thursdays after school. Sign up for one of the sessions. The start date is either Tuesday March 29 or Thursday March 31. For teachers and parents, you are invited to register for our third Annual Metuchen Technology Symposium on March 26. It will be a virtual conference emphasizing the use of technology that takes into consideration the students’ and teachers' whole being and their Social-Emotional learning. We are glad to announce we have a great line of presenters. Some of them are part of our Metuchen Family. Registration is FREE. There is no obligation to stay all day (9am-1pm). To register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metuchen-technology-symposium-2022-tickets-245821638137 Have a great weekend! Dr. Vincent Caputo
2 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Good morning. As of 8:20 this morning, we are not receiving calls from outside the district. We are working to resolve the issue. Please use email to contact the schools. VCaputo
2 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon, everyone. I hope you and your family are doing well. The situation in Ukraine worsens by the day. The war this week took an ugly turn when Russia attacked a hospital. Please show kindness to our neighbors in the borough and to those displaced Ukrainians who will need refuge here in the US and locally. The schools stand ready to help them and to support any of our current students or staff dealing with stress or anxiety. The CALI report for this week shows both the central-east region of the state, and New Jersey overall, still in YELLOW (moderate COVID activity). This week, we reported ZERO cases to the County Health Department. This is the first week with no cases since the week ending 11/11/21. See the Road Forward update on the website for details of the COVID protocols we have in place. You can also see weekly and historical data there. Be safe with the winter weather tomorrow. Don’t forget to change your clocks and check your smoke detectors. Baseball is back. We have college basketball games and brackets coming. Have a nice weekend! Dr. Vincent Caputo, Superintendent of Schools
2 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this email finds you and your family healthy. My thoughts have been consumed with the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. The situation is tragic, and the immediate outlook is grim, with many lives lost. The Ukrainian people are showing unbelievable courage in the face of an assault on their infrastructure and their democracy. My prayers are with Ukrainians here and abroad. After reviewing the CDC and NJDOH guidance issued last week and in consultation with our school physician, the Metuchen Public School District will implement a mask optional school environment beginning March 7, 2022. All key metrics used throughout the pandemic, including current local conditions, were considered in the decision-making process. Cases in the district have dropped significantly during the past 2 months. This week we reported four positive cases to the County. The breakdown (students + staff) is as follows: MHS = 2, Edgar = 1, Campbell = 0, and Moss = 1. The four cases are the fewest for a week since November 18. This mirrors cases across the Borough: in the last seven days, there were eleven cases, also the fewest since mid-November. The NJDOH CALI score lists Central East region is in the “moderate” (yellow) risk range: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/#1. The new CDC COVID-19 Community Level report shows Middlesex County in the “low” (green) range: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html. Hospitalizations around the state have continued to decline to mid-November levels, prior to the spread of Omicron. Please note that there are several times when masks must be worn: anytime in the nurse’s office, when returning early from isolation following a positive diagnosis (or presumed positive) or from quarantine following a close contact exclusion with nurse clearance on days 6-10 (unless you return on day 8 with a negative test result from day 5-7). The district reserves the right to reinstate masking at any time. Situations that might warrant reinstating the mask mandate include, but are not limited to, the weekly CALI report showing high COVID activity (orange status), high level of COVID activity within the Borough, or outbreaks in specific classes or school buildings. We may also require masks for a specific school or district event. The updated Road Forward plan is linked here: https://www.metuchenschools.org/article/675549 and will be discussed at Tuesday’s board meeting. Given the age of our students, we are mindful that the decision of whether to wear a mask will be at the discretion of parents and caregivers. Kindness is expected, and bullying related to masking will not be tolerated. Respectfully, I also request that you refrain from asking school staff whether your child is (or other children are) wearing a mask throughout the school day as their primary focus is on the delivery of instruction and services. Our staff members will not be able to monitor and report out masking information to parents. A few other reminders: we will continue to contact trace to the best of our abilities; staying masked reduces COVID transmission and reduces the likelihood of non-vaccinated individuals being excluded if exposed to a positive person; and we need to continue our partnership around all mitigating factors (vaccinations/boosters, staying home when sick, social distancing, and cleaning/ventilation) Be prepared for the temperature roller coaster again this weekend. And enjoy some college basketball (Go Rutgers!). Dr. Vincent Caputo, Superintendent of Schools
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
The metuchen public schools will operate on a delayed opening schedule for Friday, February 25.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Phone service has been restored to the District.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Our phone system is still down tonight. We are working with our phone service provider. They believe it is a broken Verizon line outside of the district and that the issue will be resolved sometime tomorrow. We don’t expect to have phones in or out for arrival time Friday. Contact us via email. Dr. Caputo
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. As of 2:15pm this afternoon, the district phone system is down. We hope to have the situation resolved shortly. In the meantime, please contact us via email. Thanks. Dr. Vincent Caputo
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Due to the expected combination of heat, humidity, and masks, the Metuchen Public Schools will operate on an early dismissal schedule for Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
8 months ago, Vincent Caputo
We are still missing screener forms for many students starting ESY tomorrow. This is a reminder that any student starting ESY tomorrow, needs to have this screening form filled out tonight. If you completed it already, there is no need to do it again. https://forms.gle/ddZyMkBwU51WKevF9
11 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope my last weekly message of the school year truly finds you and your family happy and healthy. For the last fifteen months, I have been sending these weekly messages to keep you up-to-date in a crazy, once-in-a-lifetime year. I trust you found the information timely and helpful (and maybe even a little inspiring or encouraging). I will return to the practice of using our notification system as an as-needed tool during the summer. Our district and school offices are open all summer long. Contact us for anything you need. COVID testing: Our district facilitated COVID testing program concludes this week. Beginning on New Year’s Eve, we have offered testing weekly at MHS. We facilitated more than 2000 tests. Thanks to all who took advantage of the testing to limit the transmission of the virus. CALI reports: Overall, the state of NJ remains in YELLOW (moderate level of COVID activity). While two of the six regions have dropped to GREEN (low level of COVID activity), our central-east region is still YELLOW. You can continue to access the weekly COVID report at: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/ COVID cases: We have reported on 163 positive cases (staff and students) over the course of the school year. While even one case could be devastating, I want to thank all of families and staff for their efforts. From social distancing, and masking, to getting vaccinated as early as you did, you significantly limited the number of cases in the borough and therefore in the district. Stay vigilant now. Those still unvaccinated should continue to mask up. Learn the facts about vaccination and please consider getting vaccines for you and your children as they become eligible. Talk to your pediatrician and feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance. Schools this summer: The schools will see lots of activity this summer. As is typical, there will be regular and (some unique) maintenance projects going on at all four buildings. We will host our largest summer program ever this year. In addition to the special education Extended School Year program, we are providing a variety of offerings as part of Metuchen Summer Institute. This summer also sees the return of our STREAM program with over 140 students. Our gyms and fields will host summer workouts and camps. Summertime will see the transition from Mr. Peragallo to Mr. Porowski at MHS and the appointment of the next Campbell principal. We will be recruiting and interviewing for our teacher openings, too. We will certainly be busy this summer. We are proud to be a hub of activity in the borough. Happy end-of -the-schoolyear! This summer brings 21st and 18th birthdays for my children and a 27th anniversary for Lori and me. Late summer will also see my son return for his senior year at Rutgers University (double majoring in accounting and criminal justice) and my daughter begin her freshman year at Lafayette College (planning to study engineering/environmental science). For many of us, summer also means pools and beaches, and maybe even vacations and travel sports teams. For others, though, summer brings challenges like childcare, food insecurity and lack of entertainment/learning opportunities. We have posted information on the availability of summer food for anyone in need: https://www.metuchenschools.org/article/478346?org=msd. Check on your neighbors this summer. Take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities right here in Metuchen. Be well. With gratitude, Dr. Vincent Caputo
11 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Due due the forecast for high temperatures and humidity plus the masking requirement, the Metuchen Public Schools will operate on an early dismissal schedule on Wednesday June 9, 2021. Bussing will be provided. Lunch will not.
11 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Due due the forecast for high temperatures and humidity plus the masking requirement, the Metuchen Public Schools will operate on an early dismissal schedule on Monday, June 7, 2021. Bussing will be provided. Lunch will not. The Edgar athletics dinner will still take place as scheduled. As a reminder, Tuesday is already an all-remote, early dismissal day with all four building being used as polling places. Wednesday and Thursday are full days. Friday starts three consecutive scheduled early dismissal days for students. The Edgar promotion exercises are on Friday evening at MHS. The MHS graduation is Tuesday, June 15th.
12 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Hello. I hope this email finds you well. Our central-east region of the state and New Jersey are still in YELLOW status, indicating a moderate risk of transmission. Below are some updates regarding our practices: Temperatures checks The district will no longer conduct temperature checks on students and staff. Daily Wellness/COVID Screening Forms The district will continue the use of daily screening forms for all students and staff. Guidelines continue to require some form of a screening process to confirm that students and staff are free of COVID symptoms. Summer Programs Temperature checks will not be required for district summer programs. The need for wellness forms will be reassessed over the following weeks, depending on updates from the NJDOH. Masks The mask mandate is still in effect for schools. There are no changes. Close contacts Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if identified as a close contact of a COVID-positive person. Proof of vaccination will be required. Unvaccinated individuals need to quarantine. Travel Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine following travel. Proof of vaccination will be required. Unvaccinated individuals still need to quarantine. Testing · The last district sponsored Covid Testing for the school year will be on Thursday June 10th. Thanks to all the staff and families who took advantage of this testing to help slow the spread of the virus. MHS play: Little Shop of Horrors. Go to Mhsfootlighters.com. Performances: Friday June 4, Saturday June 5, and Sunday June 6, each one at @ 7:00 pm. Performances will be viewed online. There is no on-demand option. Tickets - $12.00 - sold online. Check it out! Edgar Promotion · Friday, June 11th at MHS · Rain date is Monday, June 14th at MHS · 5 guest tickets per eighth grader (two for on the field and three for the bleachers) · Only ticketed guests will be permitted on school grounds · The event will be livestreamed MHS Graduation · Tuesday, June 15th at MHS · Rain date is Wednesday, June 16th (and then June 17th, 18th, etc) at MHS · 5 guest tickets per graduate (two for on the field and three for the bleachers) · Only ticketed guests will be permitted on school grounds · The event will be livestreamed Tuesday June 8 is an all-remote early dismissal day because all four school buildings are being used as polling places.
12 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Hello. I hope you are enjoying your Friday off and will have a nice holiday weekend. On Monday, please take a moment to remember why we are off – to honor those in the military who have died while serving to keep us free. Our central-east region of the state and New Jersey are still in YELLOW status, indicating a moderate risk of transmission. Below are some updates regarding our practices: Temperatures checks · Starting June 1st, the district will no longer conduct temperature checks on students and staff. · As the outdoor temperatures soar, it is likely that thermometers will record elevated temperatures, resulting in false positives and causing unnecessary alarm. Daily Wellness/COVID Screening Forms · The district will continue the use of daily screening forms for all students and staff. · The NJDOH guidelines have not changed. · Guidelines continue to require some form of a screening process to confirm that students and staff are free of COVID symptoms. Summer Programs · Temperature checks will not be required for district summer programs. · The need for wellness forms will be reassessed over the following weeks, depending on updates from the NJDOH. Masks · The mask mandate is still in effect for schools. · There are no changes. Close contacts · Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if identified as a close contact of a COVID-positive person. Proof of vaccination will be required. Unvaccinated individuals need to quarantine. Travel · Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine following travel. Proof of vaccination will be required. Unvaccinated individuals need to quarantine. Let’s go Mets! And Knicks fans, “We here!”
12 months ago, Vincent Caputo
The Metuchen Public Schools will operate on an early dismissal schedule on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 due to the unique combination of high temperatures, high humidity, and the indoor masking requirement. See your school websites for the early dismissal schedules. After-school sports will continue as scheduled. I understand that this decision creates child-care issues for many families, and I carefully weighed that against the benefits of an early dismissal. Thanks for your understanding. Stay cool and check on your neighbors and the elderly.
12 months ago, Vincent Caputo
May 21, 2021 Happy Friday! I hope this message finds you well. It looks like we have a summer-like weekend ahead of us. Please enjoy the outdoors and your families. For the first time all year, this week we reported zero staff/student COVID cases. The state CALI report still has us in YELLOW (moderate risk of transmission) but we are definitely heading in the right direction. Here is a summary of the mandates for K-12 schools as of May 19, 2021: TRAVEL · Students and staff who are unvaccinated should quarantine for 7 days (if they have a negative PCR Covid test 3-5 days after travel) or quarantine for 10 days without a test. · Vaccinated students and staff returning from domestic travel do not have to quarantine. SPORTS Regardless of vaccination status, social distancing should be followed by athletes, when not actively playing, and by coaches, referees, trainers, and spectators. Masks are not necessary outdoors. SCHOOL Masks must be worn outdoors for physical education class and outdoor recess. EXTRACURRICULAR · Outdoor extra-curricular activities and outdoor events on school property, such as graduation ceremonies and other end of the year events held outdoors: masks are not required regardless of vaccination status. · The guidance states that schools may implement more restrictive precautions if they desire to do so. We reserve the right to mandate masks if/when we deem them appropriate. DISTRICT NOTES Our school nurses still encourage masks whenever feasible. For more information, here are the controlling documents: · https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/RecommendationsForLocalHealthDepts_K12Schools.pdf · https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_GuidanceForSportsActivities.pdf · https://www.nj.gov/education/broadcasts/2021/may/19/NJDOHTravelandMaskingClarificationsforK-12Schools.pdf NOTE: The indoor mask mandate is still in effect. There are no changes. REMINDER: Tuesday, June 8th is primary election day in NJ. As such, we will have an all-remote, early dismissal day. Dr. Vincent Caputo
12 months ago, Vincent Caputo