Restart of School

On June 24, 2020, Governor Murphy announced that absent any changes in public health data in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey Public Schools will be allowed to reopen for in-person instruction in September 2020. Shortly after that, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) released guidance for doing so in a 104-page document entitled: The Road Back Restart and Recovery Plan for Education.  As required in this plan, as well as the Executive Summary that accompanied it, in order to ensure a safe and equitable opening of schools for in-person instruction for all students and staff, school districts would have to produce a Restart of Schools Plan that effectively addresses the “minimum standards” in the following specified “key subject areas” and must share with their communities said plan four weeks before the start of the 2020-21 school year, as defined by each school district’s approved school year calendar.

  • Leadership for Planning
  • Policy and Funding
  • Conditions for Learning
  • Continuity of Learning

On July 21, 2020, Governor Murphy clarified the ambiguous language in the Road Back manual pertaining to the option for parents/guardians to elect for their child(ren) to participate in fulltime virtual instruction rather than in the in-person instructional plans developed and outlined in each individual school district’s Restart Plan. On July 24, 2020, the NJDOE released clarifying guidance pertaining to this in an addendum to the Road Back entitled: Clarifying Expectations Regarding Fulltime Remote Learning Options for Families in 2020-21.” Along with this information, school districts also learned from their county DOE offices that preliminary approval of Restart Plans by the executive county superintendent was required before being allowed to share it with their community and that such would be contingent upon the plan meeting the expectation outlined in a checklist that was currently being developed by the NJDOE. As of the date of this report, no such checklist has been shared with districts.

Hence, the following is the Restart of School Plan developed for the Sayreville Public Schools. The plan was developed collaboratively by the Sayreville Pandemic Response Team in conjunction with the feedback provided by the Sayreville Administrator Association, Sayreville Education Association, and the Sayreville Board of Education, along with the survey response data submitted by stakeholders in the community and collected from July 10, 2020 – July 29, 2020. The plan was reviewed and revised one last time by the Pandemic Response Team on July 29, 2020 before being submitted to the NJDOE and Sayreville BOE for preliminary approval on July 30, 2020. Soon after this plan is approved by the NJDOE and shared with the community, each school will then assemble a site-based School Restart Committee and convene meetings for the purpose of developing individual School Restart Plans that are in alignment with this plan. Finally, the Sayreville Board of Education will formally approve this plan and authorize its implementation during the August 25, 2020 BOE Business Meeting.



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