The health and safety of every student and faculty member is always the number one priority within the Roselle Public School District.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, district officials announced on Friday, March 13 that all schools and the Board of Education office will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 31 at this point.
Schools will be continually cleaned and sanitized by maintenance staff during the closure. Light maintenance, such as painting, may also take place.
All students have received at-home lessons to complete during the closure. The learning packets are also accessible online.
Along with at-home instruction resources, district announcements and health resources are available on the district’s website at www.roselleschools.org. Additional information regarding COVID-19 in English, Spanish and Creole is also available.
Note: there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases within the Roselle Public School District. A staff member who previously reported being in contact with an infected person has tested negative.
Free/reduced breakfast and lunch will be provided to eligible students while the district is closed. Grab-and-go meals will be available at the Abraham Clark High School cafeteria, 122 East 6th Avenue, from 7-9 a.m. for breakfast and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for lunch.
Along with the district-wide closing, administrators have already taken the following precautions to prepare teachers, students and parents:
- End of February - All schools and district offices were restocked with soap and hand sanitizer.
- March 2 - COVID-19 guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and United States Coast Guard distributed to parents and staff.
- March 9 - A district-wide plan was formulated by administrators.
- March 10 to 11 - The district closed for a two-day period; there was in-depth cleaning of all facilities, including trailers, that are used for instruction
- March 12 - Faculty, staff and students returned to have a full day to prepare for a possible closure
- The district senior administration officials and the Board of Education president met with Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau, as well as her business administrator, health officer and police chief, to outline closure plans
- March 13 - students were on a half day schedule to provide teachers with ample time to prepare other educational and lessons and materials for closure, announced that day.
- Borough of Roselle Health Officer Charles Glagola Jr conducted a “spot check” and concluded that hand sanitizer and soap were readily available in the schools
- March 16 - District administrators met with teachers to ensure instruction plans are in place. Additional communication was sent to families regarding at-home instruction.
During the closure, parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher at their district email address during school hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. District administrators are also available via email.
“As a school district striving for excellence, we want to reiterate that although schools are closed, we will still be a fully-functioning district with the administration being able to work remotely. Any parent who has concerns can easily access our teachers and administrators via email,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Baker. “The district is closely monitoring this situation and will continue to update Roselle families whenever there are new developments. Working together, I am fully confident that this contingency plan provides the best educational platform under the circumstances.”
The district is encouraging students to stay at home during this closure.
“Closing our school buildings ensures that we are protecting our students and staff against the potential spread of all respiratory infections especially those created by COVID-19. We’re also strongly recommending that families are cautious during the closure and remain at home,” added Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lissette Gonzalez-Perez. “We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. Stay safe and stay well.”
District administrators will continue to stay in contact with appropriate county and state officials to ensure that they are fully informed of the current status of this unfolding situation.