NEWARK, NJ — Several days after Newark’s largest charter schools networks announced they would be delaying reopening their doors to their 19,000-plus students until at least October, charters throughout the city have come together to release a unified set of common standards for a new school year under the coronavirus.
Dubbed the “COVID-19 Compact,” the document outlines how networks plan to open responsibly, safely and with attention to high-quality instruction remotely and in person, according to a statement. The document was created with support from the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to forming cooperation between traditional and charter schools in Newark.
Thirteen of the city’s 16 public charter schools signed the compact, which, NJCF director Kyle Rosencrans said, aims to highlight the common principles throughout the local charter schools.
“We are heartened to see Newark’s charter schools come together to articulate strong, yet flexible standards for reopening schools safely, even as state rules and pandemic conditions are creating a fast-moving target for everyone right now,” Rosenkrans said.
Among those who signed at the city’s largest networks, including KIPP, Great Oaks Legacy Charter School and Uncommon Schools North Star Academy. NJCF sent out a survey earlier this summer asking school leaders about their reopening plans.
According to the compact, the charters are prioritizing the health and safety of students and staff; ensuring access to high quality education remotely and in-person; enabling effective two-way communication; and meeting student and family needs in the classroom and beyond.
Participating Charter Schools:
1. BRICK Education Network
2. Discovery Charter School
3. Great Oaks Legacy Charter School
4. KIPP New Jersey
5. LEAD Charter School
6. Link Community Charter School
7. Newark Educators Community
8. People’s Prep Charter School
9. Philip's Academy Charter School
10. Robert Treat Academy Charter School
11. Roseville Community Charter School
12. Uncommon Schools North Star Academy
13. University Heights Charter School