WARREN, NJ - After a nearly six hour meeting of the Warren Township Board of Education, the board directed the Return to School Committee to pursue a hybrid model that enables students to be present in buildings for 50% of the time. 

The board agreed to a 50/50 hybrid model, but, not the specific layout of the model. The options discussed were: a/b model (either Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, Friday plus an alternating Wednesday every other week, and an option for alternating a/b weeks. 

Much discussion was had regarding returning to school five days a week and developing a road map to get there.

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Reasons for not returning to school five days a week in September revolve around the ability for six feet social distancing, mask wearing, and busing. While some New Jersey counties are allowing a return with three feet of social distance thus allowing more students in school at a time, masks would be mandatory, Mingle said. Somerset County is adhering to the six feet, however, students would then not need to wear masks while keeping six feet of social distance. Capacity limits would necessitate half days in the morning and afternoon with deep cleaning and busing midday. The 50% hybrid model was approved instead to allow for more time in the classroom.

A FAQ section on the Return to School will be uploaded to the district’s website on Thursday, Mingle said. For Return to School information see

https://www.warrentboe.org/schools/district/covid-19/roadmap/

Or see video here: BOE video