• September 15, 2021

    Dear Lacey Township School District Community:

    Weather conditions are expected to improve by the end of this week and beyond. Therefore, effective tomorrow, Thursday, September 16 and until further notice, face masks will be required by all students and staff in all school buildings and school buses.  Please note this includes all non-air conditioned as well as air conditioned areas. Additional considerations will be made for the utilization of outdoor shaded learning spaces; social distancing to the greatest extent possible; and the relocation of excessively hot classrooms to alternate spaces at the discretion of the building principals.

    Sincerely,
    Vanessa Pereira Clark, Ph.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    September 10, 2021

    Dear Lacey Township School District Community:

    Next week, Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 17, there is once again the potential for excessive heat in some of our buildings and buses. As outlined in the LTSD Health and Safety Guidance and in accordance with exceptions outlined in Executive Order 251 (EO 251), the wearing of masks, while still recommended, will be relaxed in all non-air conditioned areas deemed excessively hot. Please note that face masks will continue to be required for all students and staff while entering and exiting the buildings, in spaces that are fully air conditioned, and while traveling from class to class in the hallways. We understand parents may want their children to continue to wear a face mask regardless of temperature, and they should clearly communicate their expectations to their children. Additional considerations during times of excessive heat include: the utilization of outdoor shaded learning spaces; social distancing to the greatest extent possible in excessively hot indoor settings and on buses; and the relocation of classrooms to air-conditioned spaces when practicable.

    *REMINDER:  As per the LTSD Health and Safety Guidance and NJDOE guidance, exposed students wearing masks or who are vaccinated and have no symptoms are not considered a “close contact” and will not be subject to quarantine.

    Sincerely,
    Vanessa Pereira Clark, Ph.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    September 10, 2021

    Dear Lacey Township School Community,

    We again welcome all of our families back to the Lacey Township School District for the 2021-2022 school year. This is the time of year we traditionally conduct our annual Back-to-School Nights. Due to current conditions in our region, we will be conducting our Back-to-School Nights virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. In the coming days, your school's principal will be communicating with families about the specific times and procedures on how to login to your child's classrooms for this year's Back-to-School Night.

    The virtual Back-to-School Nights will take place on the following dates (please note some of these dates have changed from those originally announced):

    Lacey Township Middle School: September 23, 2021
    Lanoka Harbor Elementary School: September 28, 2021
    Cedar Creek Elementary School: September 29, 2021
    Lacey Township High School: September 30, 2021
    Forked River Elementary School: October 5, 2021
    Mill Pond Elementary School: October 7, 2021

    William W. Zylinski
    Assistant Superintendent


    September 3, 2021

    Dear Lacey Township School District Community:

    As we prepare to open school next week, we look ahead toward the anticipated weather forecast for the first week of school, Tuesday, September 7 through Friday, September 10. As outlined in the LTSD Health and Safety Guidance and in accordance with exceptions outlined in Executive Order 251 (EO 251), due to the projected excessive heat inside some of our buildings and on all school buses, the wearing of masks in non-air-conditioned spaces, while still recommended, will be optional from September 7 through September 10. This exemption includes buildings where air conditioning is available but possibly not fully functional in all locations. Please note that face masks will continue to be required for all students and staff in spaces that are fully air conditioned. We understand parents may want their children to continue to wear a face mask regardless of temperature, and they should clearly communicate their expectations to their children.

    At this time, due to the long range weather projections, it is the district’s plan to communicate on the status of mask-wearing related to weather on a weekly basis and not on a daily basis as originally stated in our LTSD Health and Safety Guidance. This communication will continue for the upcoming week and for the foreseeable future on Friday of the preceding week.

    Have a fantastic Labor Day Weekend. We are looking forward to seeing our students next week!

    Sincerely,
    Vanessa Pereira Clark, Ph.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    September 2, 2021

    Dear Lacey Township School District Community:

    We have created the Lacey Township School District 2021-2022 The Road Forward - Frequently Asked Questions document. The purpose of this document is to answer questions related to the district’s Health and Safety Guidance for the 2021-2022 school year. The document will be updated as new information and questions arise.

    Sincerely,
    Vanessa Pereira Clark, Ph.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


    August 30, 2021

    Dear Lacey Township School District Families:

    I hope this letter finds you well-rested and ready for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. There certainly have been many developments and changes over the course of the last few weeks, proving that this school year will, again, be like no other. We have been hard at work cleaning and preparing the school buildings for instruction, performing building and field maintenance, and hiring teachers and support staff to provide your child(ren) with an excellent educational experience. While we recognize that the beginning of any school year is exciting, the start of this new school year carries with it some apprehension. Please know that we stand ready to assist our families as we begin the path to normalcy. With that thought in mind, the first day of school will be Tuesday, September 7 for a full day of in-person learning.

    We have prepared our plans for the return to in-person instruction based on the recommendations outlined in the NJDOE’s The Road Forward Health and Safety Guidance for the 2021-2022 School Year. This document outlines the health and safety guidance that we will be following to keep our buildings open for the 2021-2022 school year. The Lacey Township School District Health and Safety Guidance, which will be Board approved at a Special Board Meeting on Monday, August 30, includes information about vaccinations, communicating with parents, mask protocols, physical distancing, meals, and transportation. It will also help us respond to health issues related to COVID 19. The plan is posted on the district website.

    As per the Governor’s Executive Order 251, all staff, students, volunteers, and visitors inside any district building will be required to wear face masks, except in certain circumstances. These exemptions are outlined in the Lacey Township School District Health and Safety Plan. This requirement will remain in effect until further notice. Individuals seeking a specific medical exemption from mask-wearing must produce written documentation from a medical professional to support the exemption. All documentation should be forwarded directly to your building principal. The written documentation may be reviewed by the district’s school physician.  Self-attestations and parental attestations are not sufficient for exemption purposes. Additionally, your principal will closely monitor the heat each day, especially in September and October, and will communicate with the district office on days where indoor conditions will warrant the optional use of masks.

    On behalf of all of us who compose the Lacey Township School District, we are looking forward to opening our doors to our families and making student engagement and safety a top priority.  Please feel free to contact your child’s principal with any questions or concerns that you may have.

    Sincerely, 
    Vanessa Pereira Clark, Ph.D.
    Superintendent of Schools 


    August 17, 2021 

    Lacey Township School District Letter to Murphy RE: Request to Rescind EO 251.

    The School Board writes Governor Murphy requesting local option for face masks.  
    Please see attached letter