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2020-2021 Calendar

Please visit our website to view, print and/or download the 2020-2021 Jefferson calendar.
Please note the calendar is subject to change.

Mark your calendar:
12/23 Single Session
12/24-1/1 No School - Winter Break
1/4-1/13 Fully Virtual Classes Continue (for all students)
1/14 Return to Building for In-Person Instruction
1/18 No School
Letters from the Superintendent &
Dr. Cordero

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction is deeply committed to providing every student with the highest quality and most engaging learning experience possible. We are dedicated to constant reflection, refinement, and improvement in the delivery of accessible digital learning for every child who attends the Summit Public Schools. We look forward to receiving your survey responses no later than Tuesday, December 22 at 3 PM. 
Lunch Pickup During Fully Virtual Instruction

12/18/2020 - 12/23/2020 1/4/2021 - 1/13/2021

Lunch will be distributed at Summit High School & Jefferson School from 11:45am - 1:00pm.

Meals will NOT be provided from 12/24/20-1/3/21.

The meals will be "grab & go" and we will continue to have different meal options available for the students during this time.

We will transition back to our current pick up schedule at each school beginning 1/14/21.
December Lunch Menu

The December lunch menu is available herePlease also visit Summit Public Schools - School Nutrition And Fitness for more information.
Spirit Wear Update!

If you ordered Jefferson Spirit Wear from Thompsons this fall you should have received an email regarding order pick up. If you DID NOT receive an email but placed an order online please check your email account for an email from

In addition, if you have questions regarding pick up, please contact Thompson's directly at 908-273-0660 or orders@thompsonsportinggoods.netSome ordered items are delayed - Jefferson beanies and sherpa blankets. Thompsons will notify you via email immediately when they are officially in and ready for pick up. Please remember to wear a mask and practice social-distancing when you collect your orders.

Thanks again to everyone who supported Jefferson during our Spirit Wear sale this year!

Pre-K Application for 2021-2022 Now Available!

Applications are available at and may also be obtained in person at the Primary Centers as well as the Office of Special Services during school hours.

Please click HERE for application and for more information.
Shop for the Holidays & Help Support Our
The 5th Grade is asking for everyone's support while doing your regular and/or holiday shopping.

Make Winter Holiday Celebrations Safer 

The CDC shares that celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this winter. They have some guidance if you do gather with people who don't live with you, reminding everyone that gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings. Here are some additional things you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe:
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
  • Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • Wash your hands
  • Get a flu shot as soon as possible
Wishing you and your families a wonderful and safe holiday.

Everyone Can Make Winter Holidays Safer
Consider Other Winter Holiday Activities
Summit Public Schools Health Office Update

Due to the increase in community transmission, NJ is currently at an Orange Matrix Level or High Risk for COVID-19 transmission, therefore the NJ Department of Health updated their guidelines on the exclusion criteria when students and/or family members  are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 which could include any of the following:
  • Fever or chills; Cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Fatigue; Muscle or body aches; Headache; New loss of taste or smell; Sore Throat; Congestion or runny nose; Nausea or vomiting; Diarrhea.
Please note that a NEGATIVE COVID TEST is now the required document to return to school for any child experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

Household contacts of someone who is ill with symptoms of COVID-19

The new Summit illness policy has recently changed based on the new Department of Health guidelines.

If a parent, sibling, or other household contact of a student is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, the student must stay home and quarantine for 14 days or until a negative COVID-19 test is provided for the parent, sibling, or household contact. 

Again, students who are family members or household contacts of an individual with COVID-19 symptoms should quarantine for 14 days or until the ill individual tests negative for COVID-19.

Please contact your child's school nurse with any questions.

La nueva política de enfermedad de Summit ha cambiado recientemente según las nuevas pautas (guías) del Departamento de Salud.

Si el padre, hermano u otra persona que vive en el hogar de un estudiante experimenta algún síntoma de COVID-19, el estudiante debe permanecer en casa y estar en cuarentena durante 14 días o hasta que se proporcione una prueba de COVID-19 negativa para el padre, hermano o familia. 

Nuevamente, los estudiantes que son miembros de la familia o contactos del hogar de una persona con síntomas de COVID-19 deben ser puestos en cuarentena durante 14 días o hasta que la persona enferma dé negativo en COVID-19.

Por favor ponerse en contacto con la enfermera escolar de su hijo/a con cualquier pregunta.
Summit Public Schools Health Office Update

"When your child is absent due to illness"

The Summit illness policy has recently changed based on the new Department of Health guidelines.

Please see below what is required for return to school when your child is sick.
  • Please call your Pediatrician. Your doctor can examine your child. Please note that a negative Covid test is now required in order for your child to return to school. Your child's siblings must also remain home from school until your child is tested and results are obtained.
  • If the test is negative , your child can come to school once they are symptom free AND fever free for 24 hours (without any fever reducing medication).Your child's siblings may also return to school at that time.
  • If the test is positive, your child will need to isolate for 10 days from the start of the symptoms and your family will need to quarantine at home for 14 days.
  • If your doctor does not want to perform a COVID-19 test, then your child must remain home for 10 days and any siblings remain home for 14 days.

Please also continue to fill out the Summit Health Office Illness Reporting Form.

Feel free to contact your child's school nurse with any questions or concerns.

La política de enfermedad de Summit ha cambiado recientemente según las nuevas reglas y guía del Departamento de Salud. 

Consulte a continuación lo que se requiere para volver a la escuela si su hijo/a está enfermo/a.
  • Llame a su pediatra. Su médico puede examinar a su hijo. Tenga en cuenta que ahora se requiere una prueba Covid negativa para que su hijo regrese a la escuela. Los hermanos de su hijo también deben permanecer en casa y no ir a la escuela hasta que se obtengan los resultados de la prueba del covid de su hijo/a que está enfermo.
  • Si la prueba es negativa , su hijo puede venir a la escuela una vez que esté libre de síntomas y sin fiebre durante 24 horas (sin ningún medicamento para reducir la fiebre). Los hermanos de su hijo también pueden regresar a la escuela en ese momento.
  • Si la prueba es positiva , su hijo deberá aislarse durante 10 días desde el inicio de los síntomas y su familia deberá permanecer en cuarentena en casa durante 14 días.
  • Si su médico no quiere realizar una prueba de COVID-19, entonces su hijo debe permanecer en casa durante 10 días y los hermanos deben permanecer en casa durante 14 días.
Por favor de completar el formulario- Summit Health Office Illness Reporting Form ESPANOL
Did you know that.....

- Bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. 
- As a result infections are harder to treat.
- Seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.
- Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.
- Always follow the advice of your health care provider.
- Always finish prescribed antibiotics even when feeling better.
- Never share antibiotics with other family members.

For more helpful information, click on the links below:
Information from the CDC
Reporting an Illness & Absence

Please call the school by 8:00am if your child will be absent from school and also complete the ILLNESS REPORTING if the absence is due to illness. Also our phone systems have changed and the easiest way to reach the school is to call Jefferson School at (908) 273-3807 and enter Ext. 6352 from Mrs. Vartan or 6351 for Nurse Mendez.

Por favor llamar a la escuela no más tarde que las 8:00 AM si su hijo/hija estará ausente de la escuela y también completar el ILLNESS REPORTING Espanol si la ausencia es por enfermedad.  Nuestro sistema de teléfono ha cambiado y la mejor manera de conectar con la escuela es entrando el número de la extensión 6351 para Jefferson. 
For more information, click on the links below:

Genesis Parent Portal

Click the link to access the Genesis Parent Portal
Questions should be addressed to: