Susan Madison Candidate for Ridgewood Board of Education (Facebook post)
“Our students have been deprived of the opportunity to experience “normal” schooling for 17 months. Now is the time to focus on the challenges ahead, not relitigate the past. We have a 5-member elected board that has the responsibility of getting our students back to the normalcy and excellence they deserve and that Ridgewood is known for. This is what the residents of Ridgewood expect from their elected BOE members and the reason they selected Ridgewood as their home.”
“As a candidate for BoE, here are the things that I will be prioritizing in my candidacy:
A commitment to in-person academics along with considerations for the mental health and wellness of the whole child.
Providing opportunities to involve parents more frequently and systematically as key stakeholders in the education of their children.
Avoiding the implementation of excessively restrictive policies by RPS and the Board of Health that stem only from recommendations and not mandates. Instead focusing on using data such as local vaccination rates, hospitalization, and deaths to make decisions that are appropriate for our community.
I will ask that the BOE and RPS clearly define the following for residents of Ridgewood:
What Covid policies will be implemented by RPS this coming school year if any?
What metrics will be used to determine the need for these policies?
Is there a clear policy as to when these policies can be lifted?
Has RPS properly assessed the academic and social emotional impact on our children over the past 17 months?
If not – why not?
If RPS has attempted to assess learning loss and mental wellness, have we done so adequately?
What are the district’s plans to address any issues that are surfaced as a result of the quantitative and qualitative data gathered?
What will the district do to fix the lack of adequate and frequent dialogue between families and schools so that our policies help our kids?
How much money is coming into our district from the various stimulus plans?
How will we ensure it is spent wisely to help kids?
What has RPS done for the last 17 months to improve academics and mental health for the students of Ridgewood?
Will RPS commit to treating sports and all other student extracurricular activities equitably as they all provide a much-needed out and socialization for students.
I am sure there are more issues to address– but this is a start. I am running for BoE. This is my platform. Feel free to share it.”