CLARK, NJ – Superintendent Ed Grande released a statement Tuesday saying that the Clark Schools 2020 -21 Reopening Plan has been confirmed by Union County as meeting all New Jersey Department of Education requirements.  According to Grande, the county serves as an agent of the state in reviewing plans.

In the same announcement, Grande said the first day of school for students has been postponed to Tuesday, September 8.   The original start day was Thursday, September 3. 

Grande said the adjustment was made to accommodate four days needed for professional development. Grande said teachers will be back in school on September 1, giving everyone more time to prepare.

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He said the days will be used for staff training and meetings.  It will also allow teachers time to organize and arrange classrooms to meet the needs of their classes.   “We saw it as a win-win,” said Grande. “Teachers get more training, more time to set up for a new year in their classrooms and kids get to come back after Labor Day as is more traditional.”

Grande did not say how the remainder of the school calendar will be modified to account for the change in start date, only that it will be announced in the future. 

According to Grande’s statement, the most updated version of the reopening plan can be found on the district’s website with changes highlighted. 

According to the release, Back-to-School Nights will remain the same and on those days all students will attend school remotely.  Here are the dates for each school:

Valley Road School - Monday, September 14
Arthur L. Johnson HS - Tuesday, September 15
Frank K. Hehnley School - Wednesday, September 16
Carl H. Kumpf School -  Thursday, September 17
Clark Preschool -  Monday, September 21
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