A Message from the Superintendent

  • Updated BCSSSD Covid-19 Master Preparation Plan

    March 13, 2020

    Dear BCSSSD Parents/Guardians: 

    It goes without saying that the COVID-19 virus has created difficult challenges for you, for our students, and for the entire Special Services District community. Uppermost in our minds during these difficult times is the safety, security, and well-being of our students and staff. That is why, after careful consideration it is our decision with the support of the Burlington County Department of Health, that we are announcing the temporary closure of the Special Services School District.  

    Beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, students will no longer report to campus, and they will begin to utilize the learning materials that were sent home with them earlier today.  We expect this remote learning plan to be in effect until further notice.

    We understand the impact that this closure has on our Special Services School District population, and we will do all that we can to work with our families.  During this time, we will remain in close communication with you through: Email, Google Classroom, Remind Me and phone.   

    School Services

    In an effort to fit each student’s individual goals and objectives, every teacher has provided a layout of instruction using the following resources: IXL, GoMath, Science Fusion, Starfall, Ed Helper, Google Classroom, Jacob’s lessons and OneDer. Staff have also created non-internet activities and projects to be completed at home, which will be disseminated on a weekly basis. Staff is available to assist parents and guardians remotely in the event that there are questions with implementation. 

    During the closure, our custodial staff will continue to carry out our enhanced sanitizing process with the recommended BruTab6S Effervescent Disinfectant and Sanitizer to maintain the highest preventive measures.

    Should you have any school services related questions, please feel free to contact the following staff:

    Michelle Latesta
    Elementary Campus
    609-374-6274
    mlatesta@burlcoschools.org

    Tara Mellace
    HS Campus
    609-694-4457
    tmellace@burlcoschools.org

    Adell Valasek
    MS Campus
    609-784-2584
    avalasek@burlcoschools.org

    Ryan Varga
    Principal, Westampton
    609-694-2187
    rvarga@burlcoschools.org

    Mary Jean Kneringer
    Principal, Transition
    609-234-6834
    mjkneringer@burlcoschools.org

    Joan Barbagiovanni
    Principal, BCAS
    jbarbagiovanni@burlcoschools.org

    Jeremy Cohen
    Principal, Lumberton Campus
    jcohen@burlcoschools.org

    Food Services 

    In an effort to provide continuity for our students and mitigate some of the challenges associated with the school closure, we have been in contact with our food service company, Sodexo. Beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, breakfast and lunch will be available for those in our school community who need it.  In that regard, three days’ worth of food will be provided at a time. 

    Meal pick-ups have been scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays; therefore, during the closure, you should pick up meals on the following days: 

    Monday, March 16, 2020; 

    Thursday March 19, 2020;

    Monday, March 23, 2020;

    Thursday, March 26, 2020;

    Monday, March 30, 2020;

    Thursday, April 2, 2020;

    Monday, April 6, 2020 and

    Thursday, April 9, 2020.

    If your child attends the Westampton campus, you should pick up your child’s meals at the Burlington County Human Services Building (parking lot, 795 Woodlane Road, Westampton) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  If your child attends the Alternative Schools at Lumberton or Mr. Laurel, you should pick up the child’s food at the Lumberton campus (71 Ark Road, Lumberton) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

    Alternative arrangements have already been made for those parents/guardians who are unable to pick up their child’s meals at the respective campus. We also will have a school nurse present at each of the pickup areas to assist with any questions or related needs.

    I will continue to stay in contact with the local, county and state governmental officials and provide timely updates as developments occur.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Christopher Nagy
    Superintendent of Schools


    Communications from BCSSSD regarding COVID-19:

    Updated BCSSSD Covid-19 Master Preparation Plan

    March 2, 2020 Parent Letter

    March 9, 2020 Parent Letter

    March 13, 2020 Parent Letter

    Structured Learning Experiences Parent Letter

Meal Pick Up

  • BCSSSD's Food Services Department is preparing bags of pre-assembled breakfasts and lunches (a three-day supply), which will be available for parents to pick up for their students. For parents who may not be able to travel outside of a certain perimeter, they are directed to a pick-up area of schools located in their municipality. They are encouraged to contact the local school district in their area for a meal distribution schedule.

    Pick-up days for BCSSSD student meals will be Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:

    • Monday, March 16, 2020
    • Thursday March 19, 2020
    • Monday, March 23, 2020
    • Thursday, March 26, 2020
    • Monday, March 30, 2020
    • Thursday, April 2, 2020
    • Monday, April 6, 2020
    • Thursday, April 9, 2020
    • Monday, April 13, 2020 (Spring Break)
    • Thursday, April 16 2020 (Spring Break)

    Locations for BCSSSD student meal pick ups are:

    • Burlington County Human Services Building, 795 Woodlane Road, Westampton (across from Wawa)
    • Lumberton Campus, outside Smitty's Cafe

     


    Free/Reduced Lunch Update: If you are experiencing a financial hardship, you may be eligible for a free/reduced lunch option. Please see the online application: https://www.schoolcafe.com/

     
    To complete the online application, please create a username and password on https://www.schoolcafe.com/, with your child's student ID number (from Genesis). For questions regarding the free/reduced meal application, please email ginac@burlcoschools.org. 
     
    Meals are provided for BCSSSD students who receive free or reduced lunch two days per week, on Mondays (three-day supply) and Thursdays (two-day supply) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at two locations: