IPS Coronavirus Updates

Hello Irvington Family,

This page will serve as the official Irvington Public School information update portal.  Thank you for cooperating with our efforts to assist in keeping everyone informed and safe from this growing pandemic.  All new information regarding this matter will be updated here.

More information about COVID-19 can be found at: 24-Hour Public Hotline 1-800-222-1222

  • The Irvington Department of Health and Senior Services at (973) 416-7760 or irvington.net
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at: cdc.gov
  • The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) website at nj.gov/health

AS OF 3/25/2020 – 1:12 pm EST:

  1. The Governor has mandated the closing of all New Jersey schools. As a result, the Irvington Public Schools will be closed until further notice. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s principal with any questions or concerns. The work that was previously given to students designed to be sufficient through April 3, 2020. District staff members are compiling additional work and parents will receive a call with information regarding how students can retrieve the additional work.

AS OF 3/23/2020 – 2:20 pm EST:

  1. IEP Meetings During Coronavirus School Closure

AS OF 3/23/2020 – 8:30 pm EST:

  1. The President of the United States has suspended all standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year.
  2. Breakfast and lunch bags will continue to be distributed from 8:30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. at each of our schools.

AS OF 3/20/2020 – 12:10 pm EST:

  1. NJDOE regarding COVID-19

AS OF 3/18/2020 – 3:26 pm EST:

  1. The breakfast and lunch distribution time has been extended. The new hours are 8:30 am to
    11:30 am. Breakfast and lunch bags can be picked up from any of our schools during this time frame
  2. Parents please remind your children to complete the work that was assigned to them. Extra credit will be given to K to 8 students who complete both the ELA and math on-line work and the packet of work
  3. There is on-line support for students classified as special education and English language learners. The telephone numbers for support services can be found under the student and parent tabs on the website

AS OF 3/16/2020 – 8:06 pm EST:

    1. Governor Murphy has announced a curfew for New Jersey daily from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
    2. The Board of Education meeting scheduled for March 18, 2020 has been changed from 7:30 pm to 4:00 p.m.. The meeting is closed to the public. Stakeholders may join the meeting virtually by visiting irvington.k12.nj.us

AS OF 3/16/2020 – 3:26 pm EST:

      1. Breakfast and lunch bags will be distributed at each school from 8:30 am to 11:00am starting on Wednesday, March 18, 2020
      2. Students have been provided with three weeks of work packets. Parents are asked to ensure that students work 4 hours per day in order to receive credit toward the 180-day requirement for school. Phone numbers are available for ESL, special education and technical support under the student link tab on the website.
      3. Students can access on-line assignments using the student link on the district’s website
      4. The Board of Education meeting scheduled for March 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. is closed to the public. Please visit our website to join the meeting virtually.

AS OF 3/14/2020 – 9:30 am EST:

      1. Students will have a 12:30 p.m. dismissal on Monday, March 16, 2020.
      2. Schools will be closed to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus from Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. It is anticipated that schools will re-open on Monday, March 30, 2020.
      3. Breakfast and lunch bags will be available to all Irvington students, regardless of lunch status, starting on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Students can pick up  meals at their school between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
      4. Students must complete work packets or on-line iReady work during the two weeks that schools will be closed in order to receive credit for each day. All work must be returned to the appropriate core subject teacher on March 30, 2020. Students are expected to work a minimum of 4 hours per day (1 hour and 30 minutes of ELA, 1 hour and 30 minutes of math, 30 minutes of science and 30 minutes of social studies).
      5. Students are encouraged to remain at home during this school closing period.

AS OF 3/13/2020 – 9:24 am EST:

Public Schools is cancelling all scrimmages for our athletic teams for the month of March. The start of the regular season for our spring sports teams is April 1st. The Irvington Board of Education will evaluate if additional athletic contests need to be cancelled prior to the start of the regular season.

AS OF 3/12/2020 – 1:33 pm EST:

      1. The ESL adult evening program at Irvington High School has been cancelled until further notice.
      2. The SAT scheduled for March 14, 2020 at Irvington High School has been cancelled.

AS OF 3/12/2020 – 11:36 am EST:

      1. Increased daily cleaning protocols are in place for high touch surfaces. Bio-Shine, the district’s vendor for cleaning supplies, recommends the use of BruTab 6S to clean surfaces. The district currently uses this chemical to clean the schools. A deep cleaning of high touch surface areas will occur every weekend until further notice.
      2. Hand sanitizers have been ordered for every classroom in the district.
      3. The district nurses are providing training to students in regards to covering their cough and sneezes with tissue or their elbow and regularly washing their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. All training will be complete by March 16, 2020.
      4. The District will remain in constant contact with the Irvington Health Department to obtain current and accurate information. The Director of the Health Department will contact the district as needed to advise of any Irvington students or staff who have been placed under quarantine. An individual returning to the district after being quarantined will present a monitoring agreement letter that includes the date the quarantine concluded. The district is not permitted to screen staff or students to determine a COVID-19 diagnosis.
      5. Staff members or students who have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing will be sent home and requested to seek medical attention.
      6. Emergency communication systems (School Messenger and telephone system) have been tested for emergency readiness.
      7. The District has developed a plan with our food vendor to ensure that we provide breakfast and lunch to ALL students in the case of an emergency school closing. Students would report to their home school between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and receive both breakfast and lunch bags in a Grab and Go.
      8. All field trips for the month of March will be cancelled.
      9. All out of district workshops for staff for the month of March will be cancelled.
      10. Spectators will not be permitted to attend district athletic events until further notice.

Students and staff must stay home when they are sick. If a student exhibits illness or COVID-19 related symptoms, the school nurse will contact a parent or guardian to come pick him/her up immediately and seek medical attention. Staff members exhibiting the same symptoms will be immediately sent home and asked to seek medical attention. We recognize how challenging this situation is for our families, students, and staff, and we take this situation seriously. We are taking real-time preventative measures in response to new information that key agencies provide. Our goal is to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff. Thank you for working with us through this evolving situation that impacts all facets of life in our entire community. We will continue to provide you with regular updates on this page.

2020 Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Coronavirus Parent Letter

2020 Coronavirus Fact Sheet

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Essex County 2019-2020 Pride Essay Contest Winners

  • Kindergarten –      2nd place,    Ava Martins          Mt. Vernon
  • First Grade –         3rd place,    Joshua Pasco       Madison Avenue
  • Second Grade –    2nd place,    Marylin Amaya,      Florence Avenue
  • Third Grade –        1st place,    Nyleahna Lewis,      University Elementary
  • Fourth Grade –      2nd place,   Jordyn Benthall,      Madison Avenue
  • Fifth Grade –         1st place,    Arelis Delgado,        Mt. Vernon
  • Sixth Grade –        1st place,     Kestia Gervais,       Union Avenue Middle
  • Seventh Grade –   1st place,     Jachai Littlejohn,   University Middle
  • Eighth Grade –     3rd place,    Ricky Julien,          Union Avenue Middle
  • Ninth Grade –        1st place,    Louvinav Paul,          IHS
  • Tenth Grade –        1st place,    Cynthia Kyerewaa,   IHS
  • Eleventh Grade –   1st place,    Arleth Pacheo,         IHS
  • Twelfth Grade –      3rd place,    Eugenia Ampofo,    IHS

New! – Principal’s Welcome Message – GSS 2019-2020

Greetings Stakeholders,

A warm welcome from the Home of the Champions for Children where we are teaching and working as if our own children attend this school!

Our Mission at Grove Street School is to provide rigorous, enjoyable, and meaningful learning experiences to all students. As we embark upon the 2019-2020 school-year, it is our genuine determination to positively influence the academic performance as well as the social emotional development of each student. We recognize our students as phenomenal scholars with a wide variety of talents, interests, and an extraordinary sense of pride and fortitude. We are also cognizant that the teaching-learning process progresses uniquely for each individual.

When children are placed in a well structured, secure, and nurturing environment, surrounded by responsible and enthusiastic adults, they are able to thrive and exceed all expectations. The team at Grove Street School is dedicated to providing a safe and encouraging atmosphere where all students receive authentic experiences. The level of competence and enthusiasm of the staff are evident as we work diligently to engage, motivate, and educate all students. Instruction is delivered with patience and confidence by highly qualified teachers who possess additional expertise in best practices and strategies that will augment the teaching-learning process.  Through persistence and the indisputable commitment of the entire team, students understand that they are valued and essential members of the school community. We are also proud of our supportive Parent Teacher Association, which is responsible for implementing many activities designed to enhance the social and academic lives of students.

In mathematics, we have begun to promote conceptual mathematical understanding, which has provided students with a theoretical prospective.  We have successfully implemented the Eight Mathematical Practices and have begun to witness a paradigm shift whereby students are now able to solve problems using at least two different methods, while displaying the ability to articulate their rationale. Our students are beginning to develop a mathematical mindset and observe math in the world around them. We are creating scholars who believe that with perseverance and effort, they are capable of making sense of problems and have the ability to solve them while reasoning abstractly and quantitatively.

In science, our students are now able to work on projects, participate in a variety of interactive lessons, engage in hands on activities, and partake in an inquiry based curriculum while corresponding virtually with students in classrooms throughout the district. We understand that effective education for science literacy requires that students are frequently and actively involved in exploring nature in ways that resemble how scientists conduct their research. They are provided with the time and opportunity for investigating, conducting observations, testing ideas, repeating processes, and discovering.  Coherent instruction revolves around the logic that science is exciting and inquiry based.

Our primary goal is to ensure that students develop proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. The English language arts curricula is overarched by the district’s adoption of Balanced Literacy which encompasses Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Comprehension, Vocabulary, and students’ ability to read with fluency. It is aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment Standards and focuses on informational text along with a concentration on the author’s purpose. As students are exposed to an assortment of selections, they learn appropriate strategies to improve their comprehension of what is being read while simultaneously enhancing their level of fluency.

Many of our students continue to emerge as winners of district and county sponsored essay writing and poetry contests. We also participate in “Law Day” whereby students partake in a Mock Trial as the NJ Bar Association simulates a trial before students using a specific fact pattern. It also allows us to assign students to serve as attorneys, defendants, bailiffs, prosecutors, witnesses, and members of the jury. The Social Studies Curriculum provides students with the tools to understand and appreciate the values and principles of American democracy and traditions in addition to a reverence for different cultures. Its study also facilitates an understanding of the present and the past. Additionally, the blunders and triumphs that this world has made throughout time serve as catalysts for future behavior. It is through social studies that students can learn to appreciate different values, beliefs, and environments. Such knowledge and exposure fosters respect for differences and an improved understanding of current events and environmental issues.

Educational trips include visits to the Jenkinson Broadwalk & Aquarium, American Museum of Natural History, Bayshore Learning Center, Turtle Back Zoo, Land of Make Believe, Liberty Science Center, The Bronx Zoo and a variety of interesting places.  Each year, efficient budgeting and vigilant planning result in our students being entertained via a number of assemblies. These include Chinese Acrobats, Rainforest Animals, Omega Man Anti Bullying Workshop, African Folk Dancers, Pitter Patter Feet, and The Brain Show, to name a few.

Grove Street School continues to be one that promotes healthy eating habits and is the recipient of a Fruit and Vegetable Grant making it possible for students to receive servings of  fresh fruits and vegetables on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for an afternoon snack. Our students are cognizant of the importance of good nutrition and view healthy eating as a lifestyle. During physical education we continue to maintain the Beginners Bike Program where students are taught how to ride a bicycle.

The school is home to two fully equipped Technology Centers. Students utilize desk tops, and chrome books during weekly visits to the centers. Teachers provide multiple opportunities for students to master a variety of software programs. These include the utilization of iReady for Math as well as Literacy, Moby Max, Learning A-Z, Measuring Up, Brain Pop, Raz-Kids, and a plethora of tools and software, which are used to enhance and supplement instruction.  Additionally, each classroom is equipped with computers, chrome books and a smart board. As the world is rapidly moving forward and international communication has taken a new course therefore it is essential that students are prepared with the skills necessary to embrace 21st Century philosophy and technological superiority.

Students are honored for both academic success and commendable behavior by acknowledgments such as Student of the Month, Good Citizenship, Most Improved, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Super Honor Roll, and Good Deed Award recognition programs.  The Positive Behavior Support In School Program (PBSIS) along with the Student Code of Conduct have become necessary components regarding the anticipated conduct of students. Performance agreements based on the core values also provide the basis for individual accountability and comportment.

The Irvington Public Schools’ Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) Policy will continue to be rigorously implemented.  All students are encouraged to demonstrate compassion, tolerance, understanding, and respect for each other. Since children learn by example, the school administrator, staff, volunteers, members of the community and all adults are responsible for demonstrating courteous behavior at all times. At Grove Street School we emphatically refuse to tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying on any level. In addition to the implementation of Restorative Practices, we are bound by Monthly Relationship Themes that are put into practice on a daily basis.

On a daily basis I am surrounded by caring parents, involved members of the community, dedicated staff, and approximately 475 remarkable scholars who exude levels of resilience, pride, fortitude and passion that are unparalleled to any. The Grove School Community continues to be one that is progressive and nurturing where all decisions are made in the best interest of students. It is a privilege and an honor to continue to serve as the instructional leader of this amazing school community.

Dr. Deniese Cooper,
(973) 399-6867

2019-08-25T12:58:56-04:00Categories: School GSS, School GSS Blog Post|


Due to a State of Emergency, Irvington Public Schools will have an early dismissal on Monday, March 16, 2020. Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm.

Schools will be closed from Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Schools will reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020. Please check the Coronavirus link for updated information.
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