Last Friday, June 26, Governor Murphy announced that NJ schools would reopen in September for in-person instruction and operations. He shared with us the “Restart & Rediscovery Plan for Education”. As a school, we had already begun the conversation on how to safely open Unity Charter School, while prioritizing the well-being of our students and team members. Last night a board meeting was held, and we shared a preliminary plan. We want to hear from you. Over the next week, Catarina and Sonia will be reaching out to you to hear your thoughts, ideas, and concerns. Our plan will be stronger if we collaborate together to create it.
As you can see from the information below, there are some requirements that the state has put forth.
As per the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE), “The reopening of our schools will include necessary limitations to protect the health and safety of our students and staff.” Foremost among these provisions are:
Screening students and staff for COVID-19 symptoms
Social distancing in classrooms and buildings
Wearing face coverings .. “When social distancing is difficult or impossible, face coverings are required for students, and face coverings are always required for visitors and staff unless it will inhibit the individual’s health.”
Cleaning and disinfecting procedures
In anticipation of the guidelines that were released last night at our board meeting, I made a calendar change recommendation. If you look at November, you will see that the week we set aside for conferences has been updated. Our goal was to maximize the time our teachers have with your child(ren) to work proactively on closing any regression gaps that may have taken place over the summer, while also establishing the important relationships that made our virtual learning successful over the past three months. Our reopening plan will not be stagnant. It will be a fluid document that we will continue to develop as we receive additional qualitative and quantitative data from you, our students, faculty, and staff. We will also continue to share and learn about best practices from school leaders from across the state. We will review updated guidelines from CDC, the American Association of Pediatrics, local departments of health, and the NJ Department of Education.
With your feedback, over the next few weeks, the school’s instructional leadership team as well as the medical emergency response team will meet and plan for our students’ safety while maintaining the integrity of a Unity education.