ELIZABETH, NJ - Governor Murphy has announced that school districts will have the option of offering only remote learning this fall. This announcement comes just one day after Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer sent a letter to parents stating that the district would not be offering in person learning for the first marking period.

“Districts that cannot meet all the health and safety standards for safe in person instruction, will begin their school year in an all remote fashion,” said Governor Murphy this afternoon.  

During Monday’s board of education meeting Superintendent Hugelmeyer announced that teachers with health concerns and teachers with family members that have health concerns would be eligible to apply for remote teaching only.

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In a letter that went out to parents Tuesday the district said it had already received remote teaching requests from 402 teachers.

“As a result, there would be insufficient staff to safely open,” wrote Superintendent Hugelmeyer, adding that the district will be turning its focus to making sure virtual learning is as effective as possible for students. 

“Virtual instruction will look different than it did in the spring,” Hugelmeyer said, and pointed out that the district has secured over 7,000 tablets and laptops to close the technological divide.

Governor Murphy also announced that schools would need to have a date by which they anticipate being able to resume in-person instruction. Elizabeth Public Schools have said that they will reevaluate the possible of in-person learning at the end of the first marking period in November.