ROSELLE, NJ — Preliminary numbers from the Genesis surveys showed that 470 students would choose to return for hybrid in-person learning when it becomes an option.
In contrast, 749 students have said they would continue to do only virtual learning. These numbers are not final results and the survey can be filled out until November 2. While this indicates that some families do want an in-person option, the majority of Roselle students would continue to learn virtually. The re-entry plan is in line with the school reopening plan that was originally approved by the Board of Education in July.
“It is my expectation that grades 5 through 12 will be transitioning sometime in the month of December after we continue to work toward addressing our shortfall of staffing needs,” said Superintendent Nathan Fisher during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.
During the public speaking portion of the meeting there were multiple comments from teachers and parents who were concerned about reopening schools, including questions raised concerning the safety of the school buildings.
The Superintendent and Board committee heads provided information about what was being done regarding these issues, including updating HVAC, installing MERV 8 filters, and ordering cleaning and sanitization supplies, as well as PPE. Similarly, COVID-19 screening will take place every day including a questionnaire and a temperature check to catch any potential positive cases before they enter the school building.