August 2, 2020
Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,
Allow me to share recent and upcoming events over this next week, which undoubtedly will be the beginning of the most important month in East Brunswick Public Schools' history. Last Friday, I concurrently delivered our district Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools to our Board of Education and the Middlesex Executive County Superintendent. While the Board of Education is reviewing final modifications to our plan, the Executive County Superintendent will review and forward our document to the Department of Education for final approval.
I assure each of you we have taken extensive care to develop a safe and reliable plan to reopen all our schools in a structured manner. Its formulation has involved representatives from every stakeholder group in schools and the community, including important and critical input from parents who were members of each of our school's Pandemic Response Teams.
I anticipate the coming week to look like this:
The Board of Education has a previously scheduled Retreat to discuss a number of items that fall under Closed Session guidelines. The Board of Education will not be taking action on our Restart and Recovery Plan Monday evening.
I am hoping to finalize a parent/guardian friendly guide to our reopening plan. If you are like me, I like to try to assemble things first...then refer to the instructions. Using this approach, you can have a quick guide to easily access from your phone without going through the entire 98-page document, which of course, you will have access to.
Release our Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools to parents, guardians, and the community. This will also open the opportunity for families to select whether they will have their children attend one of our "in school" cohorts or if they will select to have their children participate 100% in distance learning. Parameters for making changes, during the school year, to these important decisions will also be outlined.
The Board of Education will take action to approve our Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools formally.
We will begin assembling a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for our website.
Our reopening plan allows parent/guardian choice, is scalable to allow more students in each school session, if and when state-mandated conditions permit, and can be converted to a 100% Distance Learning Plan in a single day.
Our plan is only as good as its implementation. It will be imperative that everyone understands and follows the procedures we have incorporated into our thoughtful recovery...but we are EB!, we can do this...with Excellence.
Have a great rest of your weekend.
Superintendent of Schools
June 2, 2020
Good Morning East Brunswick Community,
As we prepare to wrap up our virtual school year you will receive a message from your child’s principal about dates, times and procedures regarding collecting essential personal material that may have been left in schools when we closed mid-March. They will also share procedures for returning “district owned” material to schools. These school specific procedures must be followed to ensure everyone’s safety.
We will be hosting a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 on June 17th at 11AM. I hope everyone will join in the celebration of the accomplishments of this group of talented students. Additionally, we continue to monitor Governor Murphy’s daily press briefings for relaxation of the limitations currently imposed by Executive Order 148 and NJ Department of Education directives on any in-person celebration of graduation. Here is what we know today:
- Any in-person outdoor celebration may only occur on or after July 6th.
- The Governor’s Executive Order 148 limits any in-person celebration of graduation events up to a maximum of 25 individuals, inclusive of students, families, faculty and security.
- We must submit plans for any in-person celebration of graduation and be approved at least one week prior to the scheduled event.
Our collective focus, this summer, will be developing actions plans for returning to school this September. Our Recovery, Refocus and Rebuilding buttons on the homepage of our website continue to provide a view of our ongoing priorities.
Superintendent of Schools