ROSELLE PARK, NJ — In a letter to parents and guardians Roselle Park Superintendent Garrido announced that Roselle Park schools are planning to reopen at half capacity this September.

This “hybrid learning model” will divide students into two groups that will alternate in-person learning. Group A will go to school in-person on Monday and Tuesday and group B will go to school on Thursday and Friday. Everyone will learn remotely on Wednesday. Parents will also have the option to remain fully on a virtual instruction program. The letter states that this plan was the most popular choice from the parent survey.

“We are confident that we will be able to provide staff with opportunities to comply with the standards and feel comfortable.  We will develop a screening protocol for staff and students before entering school,” wrote Superintendent Garrido.

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The “hybrid learning model” requires that all students and staff wear masks unless there is a documented medical exemption. In order to limit close contact, lunches will be served in the classrooms. At the end of each day the school buildings will be cleaned extensively.

The district will also be providing “complementary and extension programming” for students with an IEP. The final plans will be released in early August to give parents time to prepare for this new instruction schedule. In the case that the state mandates all schools to close, the district will shift to the remote learning plan using Google Meet.

The district's plans were created using the guidance of the N.J. Department of Education and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

To most effectively plan for the 2020-2021 academic year the district has put out a survey asking parents to disclose whether they intend to send their children for in-person learning this September.

The Roselle Park Board of Education will meet Monday at 7 p.m.  Comments and questions from the public can be emailed to publicparticipation@rpsd.org until the start of the meeting.