NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey’s largest public school district has officially reopened its classrooms.
On Monday, Newark public schools marked a major milestone and launched their long-awaited hybrid model, which includes part-time teaching in person. It’s the first time most students have been in a school building since the district switched to all-remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.
You can find the full reopening schedule here.
- Most students go to school for two days and study remotely for three days
- Students / staff must wear face masks and social distance. The desks are six feet apart and have partitions.
- Consenting students / employees will be tested for COVID-19 in the group
- Temperature tests for students and employees
- Increased disinfection efforts
- Water fountains are switched off (employees and students should bring their own water)
- Visitors are not permitted in school buildings
“We have learned many lessons since we decided to close in-person operations in our offices and schools and replace them with virtual operations and distance learning,” wrote Superintendent Roger León.
“The health and safety of students and staff has been and is our top priority,” continued León. “As the nation and state prepare to reopen, we at Newark are confident that science will remain our guide.”
This year it will be very different, said León. This contains:
“Every employee must document the negative test results in order to be able to return to work in person. In addition, we will implement a protocol for re-testing during the course of the year. We have new entry procedures that are required in every school and every office Perfected a process of intensive cleaning and disinfection that has been hailed as an unmatched model. Specialized teams of supervisors have been trained so that we can become self-sufficient in the event that we have to shut down one of them. We have approximately a million meals for the Newark City children and their families and our food service staff will continue to do so for all Newark students, whether they study in person or remotely. “
The superintendent added a caveat for the future.