ELIZABETH, NJ - Board President Diane Barbosa announced at this week's Elizabeth Board of Education meeting that beginning Monday, all Elizabeth public school teachers would begin teaching from home. Up until now teachers had been coming into their classrooms for live instruction. President Barbosa said the Board made this decision together with the Superintendent at the recommendation of the City of Elizabeth Health Officer Mark Colicchio.

The board also announced that they would be staggering the schedules of support staff members and would also begin staggering food distribution times.

“The goal is to further reduce the number of adults in our district buildings,” said Barbosa. “We have said from the outset that we will make decisions based on science and data. The current data dictates this is the best course of action.”

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During the public comment portion there were multiple speakers who advocated for the board to support the Student Success Center, a program that helps Elizabeth high schoolers navigate the college application process.

One Bollwage Finance Academy alumnus spoke about her own experience with the Student Success Center and how they helped her apply for scholarships that allowed her to begin college at Rutgers Newark this fall.