Message from the Superintendent Update 5-15-2020

Message from the Superintendent: School Closure Update 5-15-2020
Posted on 05/15/2020
Message from the Superintendent: School Closure Update 5-15-2020

15 May 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

As we think about the school closure enduring through the remainder of this academic year, we know families continue to find themselves navigating home routines, trying to maintain momentum, and balancing the pressures of their changed responsibilities. Our District’s trained professionals continue to be here to support you. If you have questions, just want to talk – with our without your child, or if you simply are interested in learning more, we have designed pathways for your choosing. Our District is offering OT Connections: Want to Talk? Want to Read? Want to Check In? This three-part support system is intended to give you opportunities to connect with our trained health and wellness professionals.

In this edition of OT Connections, you will find direct contact information for our health and wellness professionals, and you will be able to see our first set of virtual check-in sessions. Subsequent editions of OT Connections will offer additional resources and check-in sessions that will span the upcoming weeks, as well as the weeks leading up to our anticipated return to school. Our home-school connection is critical – now and always! 

As you and your child(ren) continue to practice social distancing this weekend, you may want to consider some of these family activities, some of which are old-fashioned favorites: Put Down the Phone: 100 (Nonscreen) Activities to Occupy Your Kids in Quarantine

This month’s Kennedy Center artist-in-“residence” is Mo Willems. Our students are very familiar with his many books, including Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, and The Pigeon Has to Go to School! Thursdays, at 1:00 PM, the Kennedy Center hosts Thank You Thursdays! with Mo Willems. Your child(ren) might enjoy this virtual, creative experience.

Thank you for your ongoing support, encouragement, and positive spirit. Continue to do only what you can; it will be enough. We are partners.

Be well.


Danielle M. Da Giau, Ed.D. 
Superintendent of Schools
Old Tappan Public School District

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