CAMDEN, NJ — No one knows exactly what the upcoming academic year will look like.
New Jersey schools are still trying to solve what in-person schooling would look like in the event social distancing is still required once buildings open again.
But while much is still up in the air, non-profit Camden Enrollment says it is preparing institutions with the information they need to help students transition into a new school year as easily as possible.
In partnership with the Camden City School District (CCSD), Camden Enrollment — which extended its school application deadline in April — will officially launch a new online registration portal Tuesday.
Entry results for schools will be released Tuesday via text or email to families who submitted applications between Jan. 14 to April 10 — at which time they will be prompted to register at camdenenrollment.org/registration.
The registration deadline is June 12.
“Collectively, we are all responsible for supporting our families during this unprecedented time; and so creating new ways to make the enrollment and registration processes as easy as possible was just another step in these efforts,” Executive Director Tameeka Mason told TAPinto Camden on Monday.
The applications mainly serve students entering pre-K, kindergarten, or ninth grade.
Even before Gov. Phil Murphy extended the state of emergency order and decided New Jersey school buildings would remain closed for the academic school year, the non-profit was taking steps toward providing comprehensive education resources online.
The expansion of restrictions earlier this month only added further impetus to helping to prepare district, renaissance, and charter schools for the academic year to come — regardless of what it will look like given potential COVID-19 mandates in place.
The organization said it worked with the CCSD’s Genesis team to vet the process and acquire the necessary uploads for required documents to register like birth certificates and proof of residence.
“Bottom line, it helps our schools prepare for the upcoming school year,” Mason added. “Schools need to know as much as possible about each of their students entering their schools for the 20-21 school year to ensure every class has a certified/full-time teacher in every classroom, to ensure efficient allocation of programs and resources, to provide transportation as early as first day of school, and to prepare for our students needing special education and bilingual services.”
Registration also helps school-based and central office registration teams collect information from families to better gear up for classes in the fall.
In a newsletter, Camden Enrollment outlined what credentials are needed, as well as a breakdown of what will be completed in the form including a home language survey, media consent form and the option to access resources for families that have been displaced.
For parents who don’t have access to the internet or a computer, area schools have offered technology distributions and additionally Parents for Great Camden Schools is helping parents obtain free internet access.
More information is available at www.camdenenrollment.org.