BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra released a message to parents Friday with an update on when plans will be released regarding the reopening of schools in September.

First, Ficarra reminded families that the deadline for responding to a survey on the reopening is Saturday, July 11. The survey can be found on the district's website at brrsd.org.

This past week, Ficarra said, the central office administration met with principals, assistant principals and supervisors to outline the governor's guidance and begin developing multiple scenarios for the reopening of each school building. Principals, he said, met as a collective group for a brainstorming session to discuss ideas and plans, and provide consistency throughout the schools.

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On Thursday and Friday, principals contacted their Pandemic Response Teams, Ficarra said, to work on further developing their options and plans in preparation for presenting those options to the superintendent next week.

The district has said it expects to present the plans by the beginning of August.

Below is Ficarra's statement in its entirety:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The intent of this communication is to keep you informed concerning the ongoing process as the District plans for the reopening of schools in September.

As you know, we have sent out surveys for your consideration and many of you have already responded. Thank you!  Your input is critical to our planning and those results will be reviewed and utilized throughout our planning stages.  Please remember that the deadline for responding to the survey is Saturday, July 11, 2020.

This week, the Superintendent and the central office administration met with principals, assistant principals, and supervisors to outline the Governor’s guidance on The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education. The discussion focused on paying careful attention to the plan while developing multiple scenarios for the reopening of each school building. 

Principals met as a collective group for a brainstorming session in order to discuss ideas, plans, and provide consistency throughout the schools.

On Thursday and Friday, Principals contacted their Pandemic Response Teams in an attempt to further develop their options for reopening and to prepare for presentations of those options to the Superintendent and Central Office Administrative Team early next week.  

In the latter part of next week, the Administrative Team will share the various options developed by the school teams with a District Team composed of representatives from school community stakeholder groups.  

After receiving input from the stakeholders, the Principals and central office administrators will reconvene to revise and refine the re-entry options. The process will be repeated until the district staff presents the final re-entry plan for Board approval no later than August 6, 2020.

Information for the minimum standards for reopening can be found in the letter sent from the Office of the Superintendent earlier in the week, or by clicking here to access it on the District website.

It is my plan to keep you apprised of the district’s progress on a weekly basis as we move forward with the plans to reopen in September as per the Governor’s Guidance.

Stay well,

Dr. Thomas Ficarra
Interim Superintendent of Schools