Superintendent


Sterling Families and Staff:

On behalf of our Administrative Team, we are very excited and have been preparing for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year for Sterling High School! This communication is intended to provide you with important information regarding the start of school.

First, I am pleased to announce that ALL students will be welcomed back to school five days per week just as we were operating prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To do this and provide much needed in person learning opportunities for our students, we had to determine what COVID-19 mitigating factors we would put into place to best reduce the transmission of coronavirus in the school setting.

Below are the requirements, procedures and expectations for students and adults at Sterling. All students and adults are expected to comply with the requirements below as set forth by Sterling High School. Any exception should be approved, in advance, by the school administration. These requirements have been developed based upon guidance and recommendations by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Association of Pediatrics, (AAP), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and in consultation with New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and the Camden County Health Department.  We strongly encourage vaccination for all students and their families.  The FDA COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19 and remain the leading way to protect your child, your family, and your community.  Individuals who are properly vaccinated will not be subject to quarantine if they are symptom free after exposure.  Individuals who are unvaccinated will be required to abide by quarantine guidelines.

Indoor Procedures & Expectations:

All students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face masks as per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 251 mandating face coverings (masks) while at school.

  • Properly wear a facial covering or mask while indoors. Exception to this requirement is while actively eating or drinking or engaging in strenuous activities.  Please note that mask wearing does not exempt an individual from quarantine.
  • Be aware of social distancing expectations, attempting to always keep at least three feet distance.
  • Conduct a self-health assessment prior to reporting to school. Individuals that are sick, have symptoms consistent with COVID 19, need to stay home until such time they are symptom or fever free for 24 hours without the use of symptom reducing medicine.
  •   Regularly use of wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Outdoor Procedures and Expectations:

  • The use of a facial covering or mask is recommended, however is optional.
  • Social distancing is expected, and close group gatherings are discouraged.
  • Regularly use of wash hands and use hand sanitizer

We believe requiring the above referenced mitigating factors will reduce school closures, reduce students and adults being quarantined, and will improve the continuity and consistency of student learning. The alternative to these requirements, specifically the wearing of a facial covering or mask, would significantly increase the potential transmission of COVID 19 as well as students and adults being quarantined, and students being sent home. Our students need to be in school and we all need to do our part to support our students and their learning.

Be advised that there is no longer a remote learning option during the 2021-2022 school year.  If you have a legitimate medical reason why your child cannot be in school, the Principal, Mr. Jarod Claybourn, has been designated to respond to parents that would like to discuss individual plans and options available to best support your child educationally.

Finally, I would like to thank all the parents and significant family members who worked with us and supported your child during the past several months while we all navigated through the challenges COVID-19 brought each of us. We are working hard to prepare your child educationally and we all need to work together for your child and their successful future. If you have any questions or concerns between now and the start of the academic year, please call or email your child’s counselor and/or contact the Principal. There will be challenges this year and I believe working together we can achieve success for your child.

Sincerely,

Matthew Sheehan
Superintendent