CRANFORD - Superintendent of Cranford Public Schools, Dr. Scott Rubin, issued a message to the community Monday evening noting the District is developing a plan to reopen schools in September. The District anticipates being able to share the framework of a proposed plan with the community next week in hopes of getting feedback prior to submitting a plan to the State.
According to Rubin, the District has established multiple committees as it works towards the development of a comprehensive plan. Each committee includes the following representatives:
School-based pandemic team: principal, PTA president, CEA representative, nurse, school counselor, child study team member, paraprofessional, custodian, secretary, teacher.
District Leadership Pandemic Team: the entire administrative team, the PTC president, CEA leadership, a building representative from each school.
Community Pandemic Team: Office of Emergency Management, Cranford Police Department, Cranford Fire Department, Township Health Officer, the Mayor, nurse, Pomptonian Food Service, administrative team, Board of Education, child care representative.
Each committee is guided by the following principles, listed in no particular order, that are helping to guide the effort:
- Health and Safety; of all students and staff
- Engagement; ongoing among all community groups
- Learning; uphold the integrity of our instructional program
- Inclusivity; ensure equitable access for all students
- Wellness; prioritize social and emotional needs and development
- Empathy; caring for one another
Guidance released on June 26 by the New Jersey Department of Education for reopening schools includes:
- Absent a shift in public health data, schools and districts must reopen for modified in-person instruction and operations at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
- Must comply with CDC, state, and local guidelines. Districts should abide by the advice of local health officials to determine the safest course of action based on local circumstances, which will change as the public health landscape evolves.
- Social distancing will be a guiding principle.
- Many schools and districts will have to operate school buildings at reduced capacity, requiring the establishment of hybrid learning environments (in-person and remote).
- Districts need to be prepared to pivot to remote instruction at any time during the school year.
- School staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or the individual is under two years of age. Students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and are required to do so when social distancing cannot be maintained, unless doing so would inhibit the student’s health.