ROSELLE, NJ — Gwen Thornton of the New Jersey School Boards Association spoke with the Roselle Board of Education during Thursday’s special meeting. The purpose of the presentation included guidelines and questions for the district to ask itself when it develops its goals for the 2020-2021 school year.

“As we think about 2021 we can’t avoid talking about COVID,” said Thornton to the board. “Think about how you’re going to accommodate learning loss and how you’re going to assess student growth.” 

Thornton suggested that the district needs to find out where students are now and what they need to make up in order to hit their grade-level educational goalposts by the end of the year. She also recommended the idea of social and emotional support for students and staff due to the high levels of unemployment and financial struggles that many families are experiencing because of the pandemic.

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“We don’t know what September will bring,” Thornton said, referencing the potential for a second wave of coronavirus this fall and winter, “So boards are going to have to really be flexible and prepared to pivot.”

Thornton also mentioned the importance of 21st century skills that students need beyond academics. She said that students need to learn how to be critical thinkers, be able to collaborate with colleagues and other students.

Dr. Fisher and the Central District Administration will be holding the Facebook Live presentation of the Return to Learn Plan on Tuesday, August 4 at 9:30 a.m. They will cover the Pre-K to 8 cohort plan and the 9 to 12 cohort plan. The Special Education Department will also be presenting their plans for the coming school year. The presentation will also cover the Learning and Safety Plan that the district has put together.
 
Questions for the Tuesday presentation can be sent to ReturnToLearn@roselleschools.org no later than August 4.
 
On Thursday, August 6 at 10 a.m. the district is hosting a live town hall on Facebook to answer more questions from the community.