ROSELLE, NJ — Roselle Public Schools is planning to have all teachers return to school buildings on November 9.

Superintendent Nathan Fisher suggested that the board move forward with the plan to have students in grades PreK-4 begin learning in a hybrid in-person model on November 16. Aside from HVAC and ventilation updates, Dr. Fisher spoke about the increased cleaning plans created by the district's custodial staff. This includes sanitizing high touch points, use of UV lights and installation of MERV filters.

During public comments, teachers pushed back on the district’s plans saying they would cause unnecessary danger to the lives of teachers.

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“Working from at home we have continued to give a high level of instruction and remained accountable for our actions,” said Caitlin Regan, an English teacher at Abraham Clark. She continued to point out that some teachers who have returned with the buildings at a limited capacity still had to quarantine due to possible exposure.

This sentiment was echoed by other teachers. The rising number of COVID-19 cases in Union County and the anticipation of this year’s flu season were mentioned in multiple comments.

The district has released a new form on Genesis for parents/guardians to indicate if they will be having their students return to school buildings when that option becomes available. The form can be filled out up until November 2.