WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Members of the Wood-Ridge Board of Education spent over an hour answering questions from residents about the district's re-opening plan at Monday night's meeting held online.

Superintendent of Schools Nicholas Cipriano opened the meeting with a moment of silence in memory of Wood-Ridge head girls' basketball coach Lou Wejnert who died suddenly over the weekend.

The majority of the meeting dealt with questions about the district's "Restart and Recovery Plan" addressing the back to school plans for the upcoming 2020- 2021 school year. At one point, upwards of 87 people were logged into the meeting.

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The Board approved that the plan be submitted to county officials to review this week, according to Board president Albie Nieves. He noted the 17-page document "is not written in stone, things will change," saying things could change due to federal, state or local requirements. Cipriano noted that Governor Phil Murphy announced last Friday state guidelines for parents who want their children to continue remote or virtual learning in the fall due to the ongoing health crisis. He said the district will send a survey out to parents asking whether they want their child(ren) to attend only virtual/remote learning. 

The district will hold a community meeting in the next week or so to fully explain the back to school plans. It will also be posted on the district website.


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