Superintendent's Blog

  • Superintendent State of the State Presentation to Staff 

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 3/31/2021

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    Dr. Nagy took the opportunity on Tuesday to address the staff in the district to review an update on points of pride on campuses as well as to address some ongoing initiatives to get ready for the summer and September school year. Please see the PowerPoint presentation. We will remain on the current schedule until the end of the school year.  Schedules are fluid and contingent upon updated guidance from the Governor, CDC, NJDOH and BCDOH. 

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  • BCSSSD Student Recognized by Eagles Cheerleader to Promote Autism Awareness Month

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 3/29/2021

    A student on our transition campus, Sebastian Meosky and cousin to Eagles Cheerleader, Dana Pasqualone, was featured in a four-minute interview today on Fox News that highlighted the Eagles efforts to support community events, and this month, Autism Awareness.  Sebastian is the perfect student and role model for our campus of miracles. April is Autism Awareness Month and will be kicked off on April 1st. Autism affects 1 in every 59 children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are fortunate at BCSSSD to have a large population of students with autism and who are found to be across the spectrum including students who may be able to attend college. We are proud of our program at BCSSSD that supports students with autism and that celebrates our students with exceptionalities. Innovation in our Autism curriculum is at the forefront of our classroom teaching-- and is based upon research.  Congratulations to Sebastian, the staff and our exceptional students. 

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  • Board of Education Superintendent Agenda Highlights

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 3/26/2021

    Last night at the March Board of Education meeting, Dr. Nagy recognized those staff who are retiring after a number of years of service to our districts, students and colleagues. This milestone is well deserved. On behalf of the Board, he wished them good health and happiness in your new endeavors.

    Prior to the meeting during the afternoon, Dr. Nagy acknowledged that It is with deep disappointment that the Covid-19 Alert Level in Burlington County has been moved by the BCDOH on the matrix from Moderate and Yellow up to High and Orange based on the spike in Covid cases in the county. This represents a reversal of some of the more hopeful news that we were turning the corner and were anticipating that classroom social distancing could be moved from 6ft to 3ft in classrooms.  Dr. Nagy noted that all in the District are hopeful that this is temporary and that we can make plans to anticipate a return to Yellow, a moderate level which allows for certain restrictions related to social distancing in classrooms to be ameliorated. To this end, the District does not anticipate to change the current BCSSSD schedule where students are on campus each day with early dismissals on three of those days. At BCIT, when able to return to Yellow status, BCIT will be looking to add an optional day for students who elect thus potentially allowing a student to move from an ABC schedule to an AB or AC schedule for students who elect the option.  A survey has been prepared and will be sent out to parents to gage interest when back at the moderate level on the Covid-19 matrix. 

    Both Districts will begin Spring break next Thursday, April 1st and will return on Monday, April 12th.  All are to be mindful of the travel guidelines which are in place and may change given today’s change to high alert level.

    The installation and testing of the Blue Point Alarm system that complies with Alyssa's Law will go live tomorrow at BCIT and soon at BCSSSD after all systems are tested. The law requires that schools have a direct link to the local police stations and when there is an emergency that necessitates a lockdown of the building, a pull station which is located in various parts of the building be pulled to notify police. This could be activated by a staff member, student or administrator.  A one-minute information video will be shared with staff and students will be introduced to this new feature in buildings in case of emergencies.  The same will be done with the BCSSSD staff and students when the system goes live.

    The administration and where applicable, advisors, have been looking at ways to honor seniors, respect CDC, NJDOH and BCDOH social distancing guidelines and travel to allow for a memorable and dignified tribute to our seniors inclusive of outside activities.  The administration is looking at end of the year events such as commencement which may differ at BCIT and BCSSSD. More information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

    BCSSSD & BCIT hosted motivational speaker Mike Regina, who joined Dr. Nagy to speak with District staff about the importance of passion and purpose in their current work in the Districts and the impact teachers make in the lives of students. Mike shared statistics as well as stories that support the important work that our staff members do to make a difference in the lives of the students entrusted to us.

    BCSSSD proudly hosted our Board President, Mrs. Paula Lee, for a tour of the Westampton and Transition Campuses. Mrs. Lee had the opportunity to see our caring, talented team and exceptional students in action. The next Board member to visit our campuses in April will be Michele Parker.

    On the Board addendum this evening is the Board approval and authorization to enter into an addendum with the BCSSDEA pertaining to the collective bargaining agreement to resolve the 2021-01 grievance. 

    In addition to the regular agenda, there is on the addendum for the acceptance of personnel resignations, status changes, transfers and leaves. There is a clear plan in place to address any and all changes and messaging will be shared at the appropriate time. We respect the decisions of all individuals and wish them well in their new endeavors.  Also on the addendum, is the approval of the upcoming Respite on Saturday and Special Olympic physicals. Pending the success of this respite, another will be run in April and again in May.

    The Board is approving the revisions to the BCSSSD calendar to include a last day for teachers for the current 2020-2021 school year and for the 2021-2022 school year. The last day for staff will be one day after the students’ last day this year and next year.

    We held our first BCSSSD Parent and Community Academy Webinar this morning, where we hosted the Children's System of Care for Burlington County. Representatives of this organization, as well as other organizations from around Burlington County, shared various resources available to families. We hosted nearly 30 participants for this webinar and hope to continue offering these informative virtual sessions.

    BCSSSD Westampton Campus received coverage in TapInto Bordentown with an article on our participation in Read Across America Week. The article highlighted guest readers, who were members of our administrative team and high school students, which read to younger students both in person or virtually.

    Three BCSSSD nurses who volunteered during the COVID-19 pandemic were highlighted in an article by the NJ Joint Council of County Special Services Districts. The article featured quotes from our nurses, who spoke about their roles as pandemic volunteers and how the knowledge they've gained through volunteering complements their jobs as school nurses who care for our students each and every day.

    We congratulate the four BCAS students who met their graduation requirements within the past month and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

    April is Autism Awareness Month.  Please be on the lookout on social media and website channels and my blog for interesting facts and innovative ways we are engaging and celebrating our students with exceptionalities.

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