NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City schools will utilize virtual learning for the first two marking periods of the 2020-21 school year under a plan the Board of Education has submitted to the state Department of Education.

The board made the move a day after Gov. Phil Murphy announcement that school districts may delay in-person learning related to concerns about safety standards.

A decision regarding the year’s third and fourth marking periods will be made at a future date. 

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“Ideally, we’d like to provide an in-person learning environment beginning this September; however, we’re facing a situation that’s far from ideal,” explained Dr. Aubrey Johnson, the school district’s superintendent. “We’re going to err on the side of caution and request to begin the year using the remote-learning model that we utilized successfully from March through the end of school in June. There will be instances that in-person instruction will occur for students who require related services that cannot be delivered effectively through virtual instruction.”

Specific details about individual student schedules, the structure of the all-virtual school day, and additional professional learning are in development and will be announced as quickly as possible.