EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Following the Board of Education meeting on Monday, August 3, Dr. Victor Valeski and the East Brunswick Public Schools Restart Committee will announce the district's "Restart and Recovery Plan" for the 2020/2021 school year. As noted in a letter sent to parents, students, and staff earlier this week, an inclusive committee has been working on a plan for re-opening the township's 11 buildings in a manner that is both educationally sound and legally compliant during the pandemic. The committee included not only faculty and administrators, but also those employees responsible for keeping the buildings clean and safe during a time of interactive restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 7,500 parents responded to a survey sent out by the district last month which presented an opportunity for response to a few options for re-opening. Most respondents wanted a structured instructional program for their children that provided optimum safety. The parental responses informed the decision-making of the Restart Committee.
In his letter, Valeski reminds stakeholders that all plans are tentative until approved by the county Executive Superintendent.
Here is the full text of Dr. Valeski's Letter to the East Brunswick Schools community:
Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,
This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools.
I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on our planning for the restart and recovery to reopen all our schools and facilities. Since July 1st, the administrative team and their respective support staff, along with our School Security Officers and custodians have physically returned to work with the same protocols we are implementing for our students and teachers.
The results of our Parent Survey are posted on the homepage of our website, which has been re-designed to be more intuitive and informational.
The NJ Department of Education guidance for reopening schools continues to change or be modified each week. In spite of that challenge, we have a plan that will be reviewed by the Board of Education, EBPS Restart Committee, each school building Pandemic Response Team and Township officials throughout next week.
Our Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools will be available for the community, on the homepage of our website during the week of August 3rd. Our plan will be labeled “tentative” until we receive approval from the Interim Executive County Superintendent for the Middlesex County Office of Education.
Some of our plan features include:
- Educational options for parents.
- Staggered, single session, student schedules so that we can limit daily building capacity and maintain social distancing.
- Concurrent instruction...meaning whether a student is physically in class, at home or logged in from another remote location, they are receiving the same high quality instruction.
- To the extent possible, aligning sibling schedules for after school care.
- Requirements that all building occupants wear masks.
- Enhanced building and bus cleaning and sanitization.
- Grab and go meal options to meet the nutritional needs of all students.
I know these are challenging times for everyone. I assure you, as your Superintendent, that the safety of our students and staff continues to be my highest priority. Throughout the development of the EBPS Plan, we have built scenarios, tested them, analyzed where they fail and rebuilt them. The countless hours spent to refine our plan will lead to the document you will see the week of August 3rd.
As parents and guardians, you will need to make decisions that are best for your children and your families. We are here to support your decisions and support every student’s learning as we continue to address the challenges ahead, together.