LIVINGSTON, NJ — Students in pre-K through second grade as well as self-contained special education students who previously opted for the hybrid instruction model at Livingston Public Schools (LPS) will be able to return to the facilities in person starting on Sept. 21 if all goes according to the plan announced during Wednesday’s Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) meeting.

“I want to announce it to everybody at the same time, but as of right now—just to be able to get everything in order and give the teachers a little more time to get used to the remote model—we are hoping to announce over the next couple of days that Monday the 21st will be our first day of hybrid learning for our pre-K to two and our self-contained special education students,” said Superintendent Dr. Matthew Block while also expressing gratitude once again toward “everybody who's worked hard to make that happen.”

As for Livingston’s K-12 students, Block said it has “taken a lot of work over the past few weeks to get [LPS] to the point where [the administration is] just about ready to make an announcement and let everybody know the date.”

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Ahead of an official announcement on a start date, LBOE member Ronnie Konner suggested holding in-person forums, to which Block stated that he hopes to host at least one “Coffee with the Superintendent” discussion program before the end of the month. Prior to the pandemic, these in-person events were held regularly during Block’s first several months in the superintendent position.

Adding that he is currently working on the logistics and looking forward to the event, Block said he expects to be able to hold this month’s “Coffee with the Superintendent” discussion outdoors.

“We are having meetings throughout this week and believe our staff is shored up, but now that we have the HVAC report in hand, I think I will have some good news for pre-K to two and self-contained students about a specific date either [Thursday] or Friday,” he said on Wednesday after an update on the district’s filtration systems. “I know our elementary principals and our self-contained teachers are very excited about beginning to transition into our hybrid model, beginning with our youngest students—pre-K to two and our special ed self-contained students.”

More from Wednesday’s LBOE meeting will be shared in the coming days.

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