PARAMUS, NJ - In a letter to the community, Paramus Superintendent of Schools Sean Adams called for a special meeting of the Paramus Board of Education on Monday, August 31, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. so that the school district can determine whether the scheduled date to begin in-person instruction must be delayed in order to meet staffing demands.
Adams stated that the district has received a significant number of requests from employees with underlying medical conditions that place them at increased risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19. In addition, he said the district has seen a large number of other employees submitting their resignations and retirements. He noted that there have been a corresponding number of requests from employees for leaves under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act due to the fact that their children attend these schools or their children’s caretakers are unavailable due to the public health emergency.
"In order to meet our legal obligations to our employees, we must hire additional staff and complete the various criminal and background checks required by State law. Regrettably, it appears there may be insufficient time to meet our staffing demands for the planned in-person reopening of our schools," Adams said.