ELIZABETH, NJ — Ahead of Thursday’s Board of Education meeting Elizabeth Public Schools have released new information on how they have continued to educate in the virtual environment.

Access to devices and the internet became essential in March. Almost immediately, the school system was able to get devices and free internet access to all students in grades 3-12 from a partnership with Altice/Cablevision. This Fall, using funding from the CARES Act, every student from pre-K to 12th grade has internet access and a device.

“I especially applaud the members of our technology department for their tireless work in keeping our students connected to learning and maintaining our online educational platforms,” said Olga Hugelmeyer, Superintendent of the Elizabeth Public Schools.

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Elizabeth was one of the first districts in New Jersey to decide to begin the school year 100% online. As of September, Elizabeth Public School students are learning not only at home in Elizabeth but on four different continents and in fourteen different countries.

“Our students and families are so fortunate to have such dedicated teachers and administrators who are committed to providing them with a high-quality education,” said Elizabeth BOE President Diane Barbosa.

According to the district, all students currently abroad have been given an international code that allows them to access the district's learning management system.