SUMMIT, NJ - In a letter to the Summit Public Schools community, Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang announced that, due to concerns related to COVID-19, the Summit Public School District will be closing all of its school campuses beginning March 13 and beginning a home instructional plan as of March 16.
In the letter, Chang stated that, "It is difficult to determine how long the District will be closed, but right now we are planning for three weeks, which then runs into our Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020. We will reassess after Spring Break, and will keep the community informed on our decision. The District closure includes all after-school activities and events."
The Superintendent added, "We encourage students to stay home during this prolonged closure. This is an extremely fluid situation, with developing information coming out every day. We thank you in advance for your flexibility, patience, and understanding."
According to the District, the main (primary) entrances of all school buildings will remain open on March 12 until 8 p.m. in order to give students time to collect their belongings needed for a prolonged closure. Teachers may come to the schools on March 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., then the District will close and custodians will immediately conduct a deep clean at every school building.
Chang said the decision to shutter the schools "was made in collaboration with Summit City officials, and health officers with the Westfield Regional Health Department," and stressed that the District has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Summit Public Schools and that the decision to close is "a proactive measure to ensure the safety of our staff and students."
As noted in a March 11 communication to parents, the home instructional plan will be structured as follows:
- Teachers of students in Grades K-12 have created 14 days of standards-based digital lessons/assignments for math, ELA, science, social studies, World Language, and physical education
- Digital assignments for specials, electives, and cycle classes have also been created where available for online learning
- Assignments will be delivered via Google Classroom
- Paper copies will be available for students who do not have internet access at home
- Teachers will post assignments by the start of the regular school day each day
- Assignments will not require printing or scanning to be submitted
- Students in Grades K-4 will use personal devices from home
- Students in Grades 5-12 will use their District issued Chromebook
- Students are urged to bring home their Chromebook and charger on a daily basis
- Assignments are expected to be completed on a daily basis
- Students who receive special services, will continue to receive support via Google Classroom
- Teachers will provide feedback/comment periodically during the day
Should the closure, as is now estimated, last longer than 14 days:
- The District is prepared to extend the educational plan, if advised to do so
- The District will take direction from the NJDOE regarding testing and graduation requirements