SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 school district is in the process of surveying students, parents, teachers and administrators about the At Home Learning experience during the COVID-19 school shutdown. 

When Gov. Murphy ordered that schools be shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus, the district had little time to prepare for such an extended at-home learning session. Among the challenges were providing laptops and internet access to students in families that did not have them. Additionally, older students might have been more accustomed to remote learning, but teaching younger children (kindergarten and 1st grade, for instance), presented a unique set of challenges. 

"We are reflecting on the At Home Learning Experience to improve it in the following ways, should we need to use this model again in the future," said Dr. Joan Mast, superintendent of the district, in a press release.

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According to Dr. Mast, the goals of the survey are the following:

  • Better understanding technology needs.
  • Supporting the pedagogical needs of teachers in a virtual/blended environment through professional development.
  • Consistently defining the instructional day for each level: elementary, middle and high school in a virtual environment.

"What we most want to find out is 1) what we need to have in place for people to return to school, and 2) if we have to do it again, we want to know what went well and what we have to do differently," Dr. Mast told TAPintoSPF. "We want to hear from everyone involved: students, parents, teachers, and administrators. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.'s Grand Re-Opening Marketing specials provide local businesses with social media marketing, content marketing, and brand awareness as well as the flexibility to market in neighboring towns. To find out more, click here.