Superintendent's Message

September 19, 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

Last week our students completed the first week of in-person learning since the beginning of the pandemic. These are uncertain times, but students benefit tremendously from school. The smiles and active participation in classes speak to how easily students have adjusted. 

 

This week elementary and middle school parents will meet their children's teachers during the virtual open house and learn more about what the children will be learning this year. High school parents will participate in Open House the following week.

 

The district is experiencing issues with school busses. There is a staff shortage across the state, and on any day, the lack of employees is forcing companies to cancel routes. When this happens, our drivers need to make additional runs causing lengthy delays. We are working with the bus companies and our district staff to lessen our dependency on vendors. We are also developing strategies to increase the number of runs our drivers can make on a single day.  

 

Please visit our website to learn more about how the Stop Everything and Communicate Program and how teachers use it to help students communicate and share their emotions. 

 

Last year we used to send everyone notice when children and staff tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. Our medical department communicates daily with the Jersey City Health Department. They recommended that we send the information to the specific class of the individual that tested positive. In every case, the nurses conduct contact tracing following the latest guidelines from the NJ Department of Health. Suppose a student has to isolate because they were identified as a close contact. In that case, they will be marked present and participate in remote instruction during the isolation. The district communicates daily with the Health Department, and we made them aware of every single case since last year. 

 

Thank you for your continued support to make the Jersey City Public Schools the best. Be careful and make sure to get vaccinated. 

 

Sincerely,

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

September 12, 2021

 

Good evening parents,

 

Yesterday, we celebrated Patriot Day to remember the horror and bravery shown on September 11, twenty years ago, just as we remember how we came together, united in grief and purpose. Our students engaged in age-appropriate activities so that we never forget.

 

We are all excited and look forward to an exceptional 2021-2022 school year in a way that remote instruction cannot provide. I want to acknowledge all our staff in maintenance, custodial, trades, and the business office for their diligence for their commitment to our students, and working additional hours. Their attentiveness to repair the damages caused by Storm Ida after our buildings were ready for a safe return.

 

On the first day of classes, the rain made the process chaotic as all 30,000 students returned to school after 18 months of remote learning. Friday was much better across the district, and by the following week, schools will have established the new routines. Transportation was a challenge as we had to increase the number of buses to reduce the number of students in each. We will review the process and look for ways to improve. However, keep in mind as our city repairs streets and improves infrastructure, it impacts traffic flow.

 

Open House will be virtual to limit the number of people in each of our schools. The safety of our students and staff is a priority. The schools will communicate the specific schedules to parents across all the schools. Please visit the district website for the most recent updates.

 

Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the Covid-19 pandemic. I urge you to get vaccinated and to vaccinate your children 12 years and older. The school nurses will collect and review vaccination status to comply with the most recent Road Forward Health and Safety Guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

Stay well and be safe.

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

September 8, 2021

Greetings Parents,

 

Today your children had the opportunity to participate in a virtual orientation with their teachers and from the comments and responses that I heard it went well. Your children were excited to meet their teachers and the teachers were very happy to welcome them. Tomorrow September 9th is the first official day of school and more importantly, we are eager to welcome them in person. Parents, please perform the in-house screening of your children before coming to school. It is predicted to be raining in the morning as well as all day; however, will be open and ready to serve the children. Thank you for your feedback, your patience, and your partnership as we jointly prepare and participate in a school year of many wonderful achievements for our children. Please continue to review the district's JCBOE website for the latest school information.

 

Good evening and continue to be well.

Franklin Walker

 

September 7, 2021

Greetings Parents,

 

Thursday, September 9, 2021, will be our first day of classes. We are looking forward to welcoming your children for in-person learning.  I want to take this opportunity to thank our maintenance and custodial staff for the fantastic job they have done during the last 6 days. The task of cleaning up was monumental after Storm Ida severely impacted our area and flooded the basement in many of our schools.   All our schools are ready to open.

 

Today, our excellent teachers returned from much-needed summer vacation.  They are diligently setting up their classrooms and creating exciting lessons.  As students learn the new normal for schools, please keep in mind that we will implement a layered approach to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.  The layered approach includes everyone wearing a mask, maintaining 3 feet of distance, keeping groups of students together in the classroom, the cafeteria, and the playground.   Young unvaccinated students will eat and play with their classmates.  

 

The district will have random testing for unvaccinated students within the schools starting next week.  You will receive a link to give us consent to test your child for the Covid virus. Our health professionals will collect vaccination records for students and staff.  Unvaccinated employees will need to submit to weekly Covid testing under Executive Order 253.  Employees will receive direct information explaining the procedure and timelines.  Parents can be assured that every employee is either vaccinated or will be tested weekly.

 

Please make sure your child comes with a mask.  We will provide a face mask if they do not have it to comply with the law.  If your child is not feeling well or has any Covid 19 symptoms, please keep them home and call their doctor and the school nurse.  Ensure the school has your most up-to-date contact information if the teacher needs to get in touch with you.  Your telephone number is significant for younger children who may not have memorized your telephone number. 

 

Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the Covid-19 pandemic.  I urge you to get vaccinated and to vaccinate your children 12 years and older.

 

Thank you and see you soon.

 

Franklin Walker 

September 5, 2021

 

Good evening parents,

 

This is Franklin Walker Superintendent. Tomorrow, we celebrate Labor Day and we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans and the beginning of the school year in our area. On Tuesday, all of our instructional personnel return after a well-earned summer vacation. They will attend workshops, prepare classrooms and reach out to their students on September the 8th to meet virtually. We are excited to welcome our students. As much as we all wanted to move forward from the last year of dealing with COVID-19, we are still challenged by the virus’ impact on our country.

As I am sure you have heard, the governor announced on August 6th that a mask would be mandatory for students, staff and visitors while inside our school buildings. Schools have systems in place to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff as they work very hard to provide an exceptional education for each student daily. Please make sure your child comes to school with a mask. We will provide a face mask if they do not have one in order to comply with the law. If your child is not feeling well or has any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home and call their doctor and the school nurse. Make sure the school has your up-to-date contact information if the teacher needs to get in touch with you. Your telephone number is significant for younger children who may not have memorized your telephone number.

Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. I urge you to get vaccinated and to vaccinate your children 12 years and older. The nurses will be collecting and reviewing vaccination status to comply with the most recent road forward health and safety guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year.

As we continue to adapt our safe return plans around current events, hurricane Ida gave us the latest of reopening concerns. This Saturday, Sunday and Monday we will have all hands-on deck, as we work diligently to have all of our schools ready in the event that some of the more damaged schools are not ready. The Department of Education has given us permission to start those schools with remote instruction. A decision on that will not be made until Tuesday as we await the district's progress on storm damage repairs, more information will follow. Continue to view the district website for the most up-to-date information. Enjoy the holiday, be safe and we look forward to seeing you this week.

 

September 2, 2021

Good evening Parents,

 

Last night we experienced some challenging weather that left us all with levels of leaks and floods that required immediate action in and around our places of residence.  I sincerely hope everyone is safe and secure.  As far as the schools are concerned, they sustain some significant damage from Storm Ida last evening from basement floodings, partially submerged boilers,  skylights leaking, and roof leaks.   We contacted the office of emergency management for assistance as directed by the County and the Department of Education regulations.  Our staff was extraordinary in their quick responses all over the district to immediately assess the damages and keep many potentially crippling situations to a minimum of repairs.  Thankfully our schools are under level of control, as a matter of fact, and some schools could keep their schedule for Walkthroughs earlier today.  We still remain excited and on schedule to welcome teachers on September 7th and 8th for their professional development and the children on September 9 for the first day of classes.  Good evening; continue to be well and check the website for the latest information on the schools.

 

Thank you

 

August 29, 2021

 

Greetings Parents,

 

This week administrators returned from their much-deserved vacation and are participating in professional development opportunities to learn about the new academic and social-emotional programs, regulations, and expectations.  Principals will also create specific schedules and routines for the safe return of students and staff at each school.  Then, they will share the information with you and invite parents for a scheduled tour of the school before students report to school.  Every visitor must wear a mask and follow the safety protocols the schools have established.

 

High school students will enjoy the Jumpstart Program this week to learn about their new school and build bonds with their new school community. The schools have been reaching out to families with specific information. 

 

On August 23, 2021, Governor Murphy announced that all district

staff must be vaccinated by October 18, 2021, or submit to a minimum of 1 test per week.   The Human Resources Department will provide more

instructions and information to staff next week. However, I will continue to encourage staff members and parents to get vaccinated.  It is a matter of public health and well being of our family and friends.

 

The new school year for students begins on Thursday, September 9, 2021, for students with a full day of in-person learning.  Teachers return to work on Tuesday, September 7.  The schools will let parents and students know when students can participate in a short orientation session with one of their teachers. 

 

We are all very excited for the new school year to start and enjoy the company of our students in a safe manner.

 

Thank you

Franklin Walker

 

 

 

August 22, 2021

Greetings Parents,

 

I encourage you to visit the District Website and view all the information we posted. The video and the Superintendent's Message of August 20, 2021, provides the most current information. You may have heard that Governor Murphy may announce additional recommendations. After he makes an announcement, the New Jersey Department of Education will guide the schools. 

 

The first day of classes for students is Thursday, September 9, 2021. Students will be in school for the entire day. My message on the District website provides details about uniforms, busing, CASPER, screening for students and staff, and lunch. 

 

Tomorrow Monday, we welcome many of our administrator and clerical staff, whom I hope enjoyed a very well-deserved vacation. The school administrators will share the specific details for your child's school after they make solid plans.

 

Thank you for your continued support as we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. The world continues to cope with the pandemic, yet we know effective ways to mitigate its impact. Would you please continue to promote vaccination with your friends and families to improve public health? Vaccines are a safe and effective way to keep your loved ones healthy.

 

Thank you,  

Franklin Walker

 

https://youtu.be/5E_xOJhZJL0

 

August 20, 2021

Dear Jersey City Public School Parents and Community: 

 

We welcome the start of the 2021-2022 school year! Please allow the information below, while continually evolving, to provide guidance and support regarding how our schools are prepared to operate as the start of the school year approaches. The information in this letter is according to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #251 (reinstituting the mask mandate).

 

The chart contents below rely on guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health and the Jersey City Department of Health.   As such, all topics included on this page are subject to revisions based on State and/or local health COVID19 Activity Level Index (CALI) and executive order(s). 

 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s building principal. As we move closer to starting a new school year, the JCPS District plans to return to a full day of in-person instruction for 2021-2022 as mandated by Governor Murphy on June 28, 2021, updating Executive Order 175. Please review the guidelines in the Road Forward document posted on the NJDOE website. 

 

To prepare, the Jersey City Public School District has developed its Safe Return Plan that fully complies with the Governor’s mandates and guidelines. All students will be following a full-day schedule based on each student’s grade level. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Current information as of 8/13/2021

Masks

Required for all students, staff, and visitors indoor

Social Distance

3 feet where possible

Instruction

A full day of classes

Field Trips

Limited 

Assemblies

Limited 

Cohorts

Structured groups for lunch and recess

Cleaning and Sanitizing Practices

Continue as scheduled

Staff/Student Health Screening

Daily temperature screening and students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact their doctor and the school nurse.

COVID-19 Positive students and staff

Quarantine for 10 days, 24 hours fever free, and consultation with the school nurse for students and district nurse for staff

Quarantine after COVID as a close contact exposure Unvaccinated Student/Staff

10 days; 7 days with negative test results collected at 5-7 days; 24 hours’ fever-free; consultation with School Nurse

Quarantine after COVID-19 exposure for Fully Vaccinated Student/Staff

No quarantine; fully vaccinated students/staff should be tested between days 3-5 after exposure; monitor symptoms

Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Student/Staff after domestic travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, PA, and DE or any international travel

No quarantine; contingent upon proof of full vaccination status for international travel, proof of negative test within 3-5 days of return required for work/school entry

Quarantine for Unvaccinated Student/Staff after domestic travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, PA, and DE or any international travel

Follow CDC guidelines a per Board Policy 

Students/Staff with COVID-19 compatible symptoms in school

Based on the level of consistent symptoms, School Nurse and/or Administration will advise staff or parent/guardian (for students) to seek testing before return to work/school is granted

COVID- 19 Tests

A PCR or rapid test that is lab certified is an allowable measure to trace COVID-19. Home test kits for COVID-19, which are not certified by a lab, are not permissible tests for return to school or work.

Instruction for COVID Positive Students and/or NJDOH COVID-19 Exclusion Criteria (NJDOE August 11, 2021 Memo)

Virtual learning will be provided to an individual student, groups of students, or entire classes excluded from school due to COVID positive status, COVID exposure, or COVID symptoms pending testing. Day 1 of virtual learning will be asynchronous. Day 2 will begin live, virtual instruction. The JCPS will provide virtual learning during the quarantine only as per regulations.

Instruction Due to Quarantine for

elective domestic travel outside NJ, NY,

CT, PA, DE, or any international travel

Quarantine days will be counted as a student absence/sick day. Asynchronous and/or Google Classroom assignments will need to be completed for credit.

School bus capacity The buses will run at 50% capacity with a temperature screening before boarding and slightly open windows.  

 

Additional information:

  • Students will wear the school uniform;
  • Students and staff will follow the rules for hand washing and respiratory etiquette;
  • Preschool students will eat in the classroom;
  • K-12 students will have a grab-and-go breakfast, 
  • Lunch will be served in the cafeteria with a staggered schedule;
  • Morning Stars and CASPER will be available for before and after-school care;
  • All extended day and extracurricular activities will be in place.
  • School principals will provide more detailed information as we get closer to the start of the school year.
  • The schools will host a virtual orientation for all students with their child’s teacher, and parents will have an opportunity to walk through their child’s school with the building administration. Dates and times will be forthcoming.
  • Preschool parents will be permitted to accompany children to their classrooms on the first day of school to drop off, see the room and meet the staff in person.
  • Remote instruction would only be available to students during quarantine or closure and not as a long-term option for learning.

 

As described in the NJDOE August 11, 2021 Memo, virtual instruction will be provided under certain conditions when exclusion is directly related to COVID-19 infection and exposure. Elective travel does not fall under this provision. Please keep this in mind when you consider traveling outside of NJ, NY, CT, PA, DE, or international travel, as it will require a quarantine period for your child/children. 

 

The JCPS District’s goal is to provide high-quality instruction and support for our students and their families as we return to full-day in-person learning. We will keep you informed as we navigate the Covid-19 related health concerns and the Governor’s mandates for educating our students. Your input and patience during this process have been crucial to our decision.

 

Once again, we thank you for our continued partnership and look forward to a wonderful school year.  

 

Franklin Walker

 

Superintendent of Schools

 

August 15, 2021

 

Greetings Parents,

 

I want to share that the Sparks Summer Camp and the High School Summer Program were highly successful with few incidents of illness thanks to the diligence of the students and staff following the safety protocols. This past Friday, I had scheduled Town Hall Meeting to share with parents the procedures and practices for this coming school year. Unfortunately, the District had to end the Town Hall Meeting because guests could not listen and wait for their turn to speak. We scheduled the meeting as an open dialogue between parents and administrators, and we could not change the settings while it was taking place. We will schedule a Webinar to present the information to the many individuals who wanted to hear. I want to thank the many respectful individuals that watched and pleaded with the unruly guests. We will adjust the presentation we had ready on Friday to show much of the information we planned to say this week and post it to the website. 

 

You can send your questions to communications@jcboe.org, and we will include them in the Frequently Asked Questions and present it at the August 31st Town Hall Meeting. 

 

We ask that you make every effort to get yourself and your children 12 years old and above vaccinated. Vaccines remain effective against the worst outcomes of Covid-19, including from the highly contagious Delta variant. It is a safe way to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. Get your COVID-19 vaccine, find a location and make an appointment. The Jersey City Health Department will continue using our four big high schools, Dickinson, Ferris, Lincoln, and Academy I, next door to Snyder, to vaccinate students and adults.  

 

Thank you

 

August 8, 2021

 

Greetings Parents,

 

I sincerely hope that you all are having the opportunity to engage in the enjoyment of some summer fun. It appears that the summer is moving at a rapid pace, and we will be in mid-August very soon. All administrators, supervisors, and additional support staff will be returning for the 2021-2022 school year on August the 23rd. As the district continues to massage the plans for this safe return, we will continue to follow the CDC recommendations with wearing masks, mandating or not mandating vaccines, social distancing, and all other practices that will help us mitigate the spread of the COVID virus. Just like there appears to be a spike in the virus variants, there is also a spike in the anxieties parents have with children returning to being in person. Last year, there wasn't a blueprint of past experiences; as a staff, we understand your concerns and have learned some things from last year. We will do everything that we can to protect your children while at school. We ask that you make every effort to get yourself and your children 12 years old and above vaccinated. The city's health department has partnered with the school district to offer vaccines for students and adults at the following locations: Dickinson High School, Ferris High School, Lincoln High School, and Academy one next to Snyder High School. There is currently a contest going on to see which high school can get the most students vaccinated. Summer jam tickets and other incentives are being offered. The district's senior leadership team will be holding a virtual town hall meeting to provide parents and the community with information about our safe return plan. The first one will be on August the 13th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM and the second one on August 31st from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

 

Continue to be safe.

Franklin Walker

 

August 1, 2021

 

Greetings  Parents,

 

I hope you're enjoying a beautiful summer. The CDC has made recommendations for the safe return of students and staff to complete in-person learning. The New Jersey Department of Education has not provided new guidance. Still, the information they issued in June called for the use of face masks. However, the Jersey City Public Schools Safe Return Plan calls for students and staff to wear a mask and many other practices to mitigate the spread of all the variants of the COVID virus recommended thus far by the CDC.  

 

We ask that you make every effort to get yourself and your children 12 years old and above vaccinated. Vaccines remain effective against the worst outcomes of Covid-19, including from the highly contagious Delta variant. It is a safe way to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. Get your COVID-19 vaccine, find a location and make an appointment. This coming week the Jersey City Health Department will be using our four big high schools, Dickinson, Ferris, Lincoln, and Academy I, next to Snyder to vaccinate students and adults.  

 

During the second and the last week of August, the District Senior Leadership will hold a Townhall meeting for parents to learn more about the routines and expectations for September. We will send you the link to the virtual Parent Meeting soon that will take place on August 13, share it on Facebook, and the Website. In-person, classes will begin in September. Students will be in school the entire day and participate in the early morning and after-school programs our families have come to expect.   

Thank you, and continue to practice the new normal to stay safe. 

 

Franklin Walker

 

July 25, 2021

 

Greetings Parents,

 

Our SPARKS Summer Camp for elementary children will end this week, and the students and staff have enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect. The credit recovery program for students in 8th to 12th grade continues through August 6th.  

 

The District staff continues the work of maintaining and repairing schools. We have forty-five buildings that need constant attention. We are also researching ways to upgrade many of our infrastructures economically. Each upgrade is a multimillion-dollar investment. A significant upgrade was the addition of filters to classrooms in older buildings with limited ventilation.  

 

The current Safe Return Plan calls for students and staff to wear masks, daily temperature screening, daily communication with the Health Department, enhanced cleaning, isolation of students with symptoms, and quarantine recommended by the health professionals. 

 

During the second and the last week of August, the District Senior Leadership will hold a Townhall meeting for parents to learn more about the routines and expectations for September. In-person, classes will begin in September. Students will be in school the entire day and participate in the early morning and after-school programs our families have come to expect.   

 

Vaccines remain effective against the worst outcomes of Covid-19, including from the highly contagious Delta variant. It is a safe way to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. Get your COVID-19 vaccine, find a location and make an appointment.  

 

Thank you, and continue to practice the new normal to stay safe. 

 

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools 

 

 

 

 

 

July 18, 2021

 

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

 

I hope you are enjoying the hot weather knowing winter will make us wish it was July. The Teachers on Call Program continues to be available through August 5. Take the opportunity to ask questions of the teachers at your child's school about the summer assignments and seek recommendations.

 

The Summer Programs are in full force now, and the students have adjusted very well. It never fails to amaze us how children adapt to new routines quickly. The summer programs are implementing the  

COVID-19 prevention strategies to safely remain open and maximize in-person instruction by wearing masks correctly, maintaining physical distance, following the handwashing and respiratory guidelines, and daily temperature checks. Thank you for keeping your child home if they show any commonly known symptoms of the COVID virus.  

 

Across the Country, Coronavirus cases are again overloading hospitals in areas with low vaccination rates. Please get your COVID-19 vaccine, find a location and make an appointment to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangerous effects of COVID-19. Vaccines are safe and effective.  

 

We have meals available at the 20 food serving sites posted on the website from 10 am to 12 pm for all Jersey City residents 18 years old and younger.  

 

Have a restful week, and I will continue to share information as we prepare for complete in-person learning in September. 

 

July 11, 2021

Hello Parents,
 
We currently have a good number of students participating in our summer programs. Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in fall 2021 is a priority. This week the CDC published some recommendations that I think the NJ Department of Health and Education will adopt. It calls for vaccination as the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been sending you links to the vaccination sites in Jersey City. Please consider getting vaccinated and vaccinating children 12 years old or more. It recommends that individuals not fully vaccinated wear maks indoors. The CDC also recommends the consistent and correct use of masks by people who are not fully vaccinated. Schools should try to keep 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask-wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk. It is essential to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as routine handwashing and staying home when one feels ill.
The Jersey City Public Schools are a vital part of our community. They provide safe and supportive learning environments for students that support social and emotional development, provide access to critical services, and improve life outcomes. Therefore, we will resume in-person learning in September for all students following the NJ Department of Education guidance.

We have meals available at the 20 food serving sites posted on the website from 10 am to 12 pm for all Jersey City residents 18 years old and younger.

If you're looking for a safe, effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangerous effects of COVID-19, getting vaccinated is the answer. Get your COVID-19 vaccine, find a location and make an appointment.

 

 


July 4, 2021

Dear Parents,

 

Whether you're celebrating beachside or at a barbecue this 4th of July, please make sure you take time to remember and discuss the importance of the holiday with your children since freedom is not always granted but earned by each generation. In the words of Harry Truman, "America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." Tomorrow Monday, July 5, all district facilities are closed in observance of Independence Day.

 

The credit recovery summer program for children from 8th to 12th grade began last Thursday, July 1. The elementary SPARKS Summer Camp starts on Tuesday, July 6. Would you mind making sure your child participates regularly? If you have other plans and your child is not experiencing a summer program, make sure to take advantage of the activities your child's teacher sent based on their specific needs and grade level. We have teachers on call to help with any questions. 

 

Meals will be available at the 20 food serving sites posted on the website from 10 am to 12 pm. Starting July 6, meals will be open daily from 10 am to 12 pm at the 20 meal serving sites for all Jersey City residents 18 years old and younger.  

 

Thank you for all your feedback, as we always learn from it. During the summer, my staff and I will be sharing our preparation for a whole day of in-person learning in September. I will also be posting informational videos of the different products and the new normal after the Pandemic.  

 

The first informational video will explain the Aero Max Filters we are installing to improve the air exchange in older school buildings without an HVAC system. I will also discuss the acceleration of learning, social-emotional support, tutoring, parent resource pages, and alumni support, to name a few.  

 

The Address Verification link is available on the website; please continue to update your contact information.  Early Childhood Registration is also open on the District Website, and please share the information with neighbors and friends.  

 

If you're looking for a safe, effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangerous effects of COVID-19, getting vaccinated is the answer. Get your COVID-19 vaccine, find a location and make an appointment.  

 

June 27, 2021 

Dear Parents,

 

This Tuesday, June 29, 2021, is the last day of class. The Pandemic caused so many uncertainties, changes, and adjustments in mid-course. Yet, we resumed in-person learning in April, and this week, we celebrated graduations and moving ceremonies together. 

 

I also want to thank all the District employees for all the support that made the school year successful and the families for working with us through the process and the new normals.

 

The credit recovery summer program for children from 8th to 12th grade begins Thursday, July 1. The elementary SPARKS Summer Camp starts on July 6. Please make sure your child participates regularly. If you have other plans and your child is not experiencing a summer program, make sure to take advantage of the activities your child's teacher is sending based on their specific needs and grade level.

 

The last day of the bus meal service will be Monday, June 28. On Wednesday, June 30, and Friday, July 2, meals will be available at the 20 food serving sites posted on the website from 10 am to 12 pm. Starting July 6, meals will be available daily from 10 am to 12 pm at the 20 meal serving sites.

 

Every family needs to update and confirm their address and contact information. The schools must have accurate addresses and telephone numbers to reach you. Additionally, the NJ Department of Human Services will be distributing Pandemic EBT cards again. They will mail the cards to the family of every child that qualifies for free and reduced lunch. To assure the card is delivered to the correct address, parents and guardians need to verify their address on the district's website under Parent Resources. The Address Verification link is now available on the website.  

 

If you're looking for a safe, effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangerous effects of COVID-19, getting vaccinated is the answer. Get your COVID-19 vaccine, find a location and make an appointment. 

 

Thank you, and take every opportunity to enjoy the summer after such a challenging school year. 

 

Franklin Walker

 

June 20, 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

I hope today all the Fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and friends that provide the guidance and support had a wonderful day spending time with family and doing something you enjoy. 

 

This week we posted the JCPS Safe Return Plan for September on the District's Website. The Plan calls for students to attend classes for the whole day, eat meals in school, and have the opportunity to participate in CASPER, Morning Stars, and after-school programs. You will also find a public comment form for your feedback after you have read the Plan. Please keep in mind that Governor Murphy mandated that schools open to total capacity without remote learning in September.  

 

Every family needs to update and confirm their address and contact information. The schools must have accurate addresses and telephone numbers to reach you. Additionally, the NJ Department of Human Services will be distributing Pandemic EBT cards again. They will mail the cards to the family of every child that qualifies for free and reduced lunch. To assure the card is delivered to the correct address, parents and guardians need to verify their address on the district's website under Parent Resources. The Address Verification link is now available on the website. Based on recommendations from the IT Department, to maintain your information more securely, you will need to sign on following the steps outline on the page and remember you can change the language on the website to make the process easier to understand. 

 

Please continue to follow the health safety guidelines, get yourself and your children 12 years old or more vaccinated as soon as possible. Use the Jersey City Vaccination site to schedule your appointment or find walk-in sites. 

 

Thank you.

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools 

 

June 13, 2021

Greetings Parents,

 

It is unbelievable that we are halfway through June, and a school year that started like no other is coming to a close so successfully when we consider the numerous and ever-changing obstacles.  Our focus has been on doing what is best for children and to educate for greatness, and it makes every effort worthwhile. 

 

This week the Safe Return Plan for September will be posted on the District's Website, and you will receive an email with the link.    The Plan calls for students to attend classes for the whole day, eat meals in school, and have the opportunity to participate in CASPER, Morning Stars, and after-school programs.

 

Beginning Tuesday, every family needs to update and confirm their address and contact information. The schools must have accurate addresses and telephone numbers to reach you. Additionally, the NJ Department of Human Services will be distributing Pandemic EBT cards again.  They will mail the cards to the family of every child that qualifies for free and reduced lunch. To ensure the card is delivered to the correct address, parents and guardians need to verify their address on the district's website under Parent Resources.  On Tuesday, we will make the link available on Facebook and as a pop-up on the website.

 

This week students from third grade to high school continue to take their final exams.  The J.C.P.S. will have different summer programs and activities for all grade levels and specific needs.  There will be PK activities to complete at home, the S.P.A.R.K.S Camp to reacclimate students to in-person learning. We will have the A.I.M.S. and H.A.T.S. programs for students with disabilities.  There will be a promotional 8th-grade program for students with failing grades, credit recovery and acceleration for high school students, and grade-level specific activities for students not attending a summer program.

 

Please choose the opportunity that will best meet the needs of your child.  Thank you.

 

Franklin Walker

 

June  6, 2021

Dear Parents,
I hope everyone had an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the great weather this week. June is here in full force, and fortunately, this year, the schools will be able to celebrate with graduations and end-of-the-year activities. Students in grades 3-8 will have final exams between June 7 and June 14. Students in grades 9-12 will take final exams the week of June 14.
In addition, the J.C.P.S. will have different summer programs and activities to help students catch up with any incomplete learning.
The S.P.A.R.K.S. Camp is an extended year program reacclimating students to in-person learning while addressing children's academic and social-emotional needs. In addition, students will receive small group support to address gaps and develop foundational content knowledge and skills to accelerate learning in the next school year.
The Early Childhood Department will provide Pre-K students with a storyboard through the Child Observation Record (C.O.R.C.O.R.) Advantage. that will include summer activities, recommended book list with resources, and activities and events from Jersey City Free Public Library. In addition, every Pre-K student will receive a small kit with materials to extend learning at home and ways to use the materials.
For students identified with disabilities who are eligible, the A.I.M.S. extended school year program provides highly structured, innovative, and supportive summer opportunities for students. A.I.M.S. serves students ranging in age from Pre-K to 21 and provides a modified continuation of their regular school year based on their Individual Education Plan. This year the program is being offered in-person and remotely. In addition, the H.A.T.S. program provides extra support, interventions, and social-emotional learning support for children in an inclusion program.
Eighth-grade students who have not met the requirements to enter high school can attend summer classes in the morning from Monday through Friday during July.
High School seniors who have not completed all the required credits to graduate must attend summer classes and adhere to the attendance policy. All the seniors who meet the required courses will participate in graduation on August 19, 2021. High School students who want to take extra classes during the summer should speak to their school counselors. Of course, parents, you can reach out to your child's school for additional information.
Thank you and please consider getting vaccinated to keep each other safe.
 
Franklin Walker

 

May 30, 2021


This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, and schools are closed, Monday, May 31, to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. While Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, I trust you will take a moment to discuss and allow children to understand the significance of Memorial Day as our nation honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The reopening of schools this Spring for in-person learning has gone well, and we have been able to remain open thanks to everyone adhering to the safety protocols. All students and staff will continue to wear a mask following state regulations.

Now we are starting to plan for a safe return in September. Schools will be open for a full day of instruction and will not offer remote instruction, as Governor Murphy announced. We expect all children and staff to return in September, and the children will eat their meals in school. An adjustment we anticipate is schools may need to stagger the entrance in the morning to reduce crowding. Of course, all our plans are subject to change depending on Executive Orders, but we plan for a safe return in September based on the current health trends, and students will remain in school all day. We are preparing for a total return in September following the recommendations of the New Jersey Department of Education and the C.D.C.

Schools are planning graduations and end-of-the-year celebrations and will be sharing the dates and times as we get closer to the end of the school year.

The Jersey City Public Schools "S.P.A.R.K.S. Camp" summer program will provide various hands-on learning activities in Language Arts, Math, S.T.E.M., and the Arts during July. High school students will have the opportunity to participate in Summer School Credit Recovery and Advanced classes to stay on track for graduation. School administrators and the Curriculum Department are working together to create projects that students can complete independently during the summer. Families will receive more information in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you and continue to stay safe.

Franklin Walker

 

May 23, 2021

 

Schools have now been open for in-person learning for three weeks, and 20% of our students have returned. We successfully reopened, and in the instances when we have had a positive Covid-19 case, the number of close contacts has been limited, and the schools have been able to remain open. That is a testament to everyone wearing a mask and maintaining social distance. To offer transparency, we have the COVID-19 Dashboard on the website to keep families informed. The Dashboard tracks the number of individuals testing positive who were physically present at a school.  

 

In some schools and at some grade levels, we have small classes. Therefore, the schools will combine the Cohorts to allow students to attend classes every week. By Tuesday, school principals will inform the families if their child will be attending classes every week, with Wednesday as a remote day. Unfortunately, we cannot say everyone due to some more significant levels. Still, we do not want to deny the students in smaller classes the opportunity to attend four days of school in person every week.   

 

The Jersey City Public Schools "S.P.A.R.K.S. Camp" summer program will provide various hands-on learning activities in Language Arts, Math, S.T.E.M.,  and the Arts during July. High school students will have the opportunity to participate in Summer School Credit Recovery and Advanced classes to stay on track for graduation. High School students who take summer courses will have more flexibility in September to take advanced placement courses and electives.  

 

All adults and Children 12 years of age and older are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The City has numerous locations that offer vaccination free of charge for residents and individuals that work in the City. Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can because widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic and return to normalcy. If you need more information, you can search online for the Jersey City Covid-19 webpage or use the Covid-19 vaccines link I included in the email.  

 

Please continue to wear a mask indoor and seek medical attention if you or a family member has symptoms of the virus.  

 

Franklin Walker 

 

May 16, 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

We are happy to report that schools successfully welcomed the younger students three weeks ago, and this past week we received the first group of high school students. The students, teachers, and administrators were excited to see the children in person. The new normal is getting better each day with students and Staff using the District's Covid-19 Screening App, temperature check at home and school, footwear sanitizing at the entrance, and frequent hand washing. We are all practicing wearing a mask and maintaining social distance to keep each other healthy.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the district continues to navigate new ways of learning through the end of the 4th marking period with remote and in-person learning. Our teachers work tirelessly to adapt to the challenges and strive to put the needs of their students first. Please continue to make sure your child continues to participate every day in all classes. 

 

As the school year comes to a close, the Jersey City Public Schools is now planning the next steps in moving towards successful in-person learning. As students re-engage with their peers and the school community, the district will offer a new and exciting in-person summer program for elementary and high school students. The Jersey City Public Schools "S.P.A.R.K.S. Camp" will provide an array of hands-on learning activities in Language Arts, Math, S.T.E.M.,  and the Arts during July. High school students will have the opportunity to participate in Summer School Credit Recovery and Advanced classes to stay on track for graduation. High School students who take summer courses will have more flexibility in September to take advanced placement courses, electives, remain with their small learning community, or participate in a Cooperative work experience during their senior year. We will continue to share information about the different opportunities and starting dates for the different grade levels. 

 

All adults and Children 12 years of age and older are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The Jersey City Public Schools and the City will be offering a mega-clinic for our students 12 yrs and older, as well as their families, to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine at Ferris High School on Saturday, May 22nd, from 9 am-4p m. Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can because widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic and return to normalcy. If you need more information, you can search online or use the Covid-19 vaccines link I included in the email. 

 

Please continue to wear a mask indoor and seek medical attention if you or a family member has symptoms of the virus. 

 

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

May 9, 2021 

Dear and Guardians, 

 

Today May 9, we celebrated Mother's Day, and I wish that Mothers and all who mother had a lovely day; because of your love and guidance, our society forges ahead to be a better version. 

 

Tomorrow, May 10, we welcome to our school for the first time the students from fourth grade through high school in Group A for in-person learning. This week all the students in Group A from preschool to 12th grade will be attending classes. The schools will dismiss all students by 12:45 pm. The students learning from home need to sign in and attend classes. We are nearing the end of the year, and participation is crucial.  When students work remotely, they must continue to sign in by 8:30, attend and participate in all classes, and complete all the assignments.

 

This Wednesday, May 12, is National School Nurse Day, and we honor all Jersey City Public School nurses for the care they provide children in school every day.   

 

On Thursday, May 13, schools will be closed for in-person and remote learning in observance of Eid. I hope this year brings peace, prosperity, and happiness to everyone's life. Eid Mubarak!

 

Students are taking meals home, and the District continues to provide meals at the schools and across the City from the busses. The school sites and the busses are providing meals on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The buses will begin at 9:40 am and will end by noon. The shorter schedule will allow the buses to drop off and pick up the hybrid students at the appropriate time. We will still go to all of the stops but spend a shorter time at each stop.  

 

Everyone 16 years of age and older are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can because widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Please continue to wear a mask.  

 

Thank you

 

May 2, 2021

 

Dear and Guardians, 

 

This past week the first group of students began in-person learning, and it was very successful.  Every school was happy to welcome them back. Tomorrow Monday, May 3, Cohort B of preschool to third-grade students returns to school.  Please remember to check their temperature and if they have a fever or symptoms of illness, keep them home. If the child is healthy, complete the Covid-19 App and bring the child to his or her school.  
Yesterday, Saturday, May 1, 2021, was National Principal Appreciation Day. I want to take this opportunity to publicly commend our principals for the work and professionalism they have demonstrated in the last year for the betterment of the school. It would be nice if students greeted them on Monday with a Happy Principals' Day.  

Then, on Tuesday, May 4, we celebrate National Teachers' Day.  We all have a favorite teacher that has helped and inspired us. Teachers mentor and guide students with their creativity and care to be the best version of themselves. 

Students are taking meals home, and the District continues to provide meals at the schools and across the City from the busses.  The school sites and the busses are providing meals on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The buses will begin at 9:40 am and will end by noon. The shorter schedule will allow the buses to drop off and pick up the hybrid students at the appropriate time. We will still go to all of the stops but spend a shorter time at each stop.  

After the week of May 10, we will review the number of students in each class, and schools may have enough space to combine cohorts A and B safely.  

When students work remotely, they must continue to sign in by 8:30, attend and participate in all classes, and complete all the assignments. Please continue to wear a mask and get vaccinated.  

Thank you

 

http://bit.ly/JCPSBusMeals

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April 28, 2021

 

Good evening parents,

 

 

 

The District and I are anxiously looking forward to the arrival of your children tomorrow, Thursday, April 29, as the start JCPS in-person reopening. It has been a long 14 months for many of us; however, we graciously and resiliently made it to this point. Students remaining with remote instruction continue to sign into class to maintain good attendance and receive instruction from your teacher. Parents, the first Covid screening starts with you take your child's temperature; complete the Covid-19 questionnaire, and they are on their way to school. The school will continue the screening process. Thank you for your patience and participation in the reopening of schools; we are excited and ready. Keep in mind that all students will be dismissed at 12:45 pm; additionally, wear a mask, maintain social distance and wash hands often. Continue to be safe and have a good evening.  

 

Franklin Walker

Superintendent

 

Additional Information:

 

PK parents need to complete the signing-in process and the Covid-19 Screening App, your child's teacher and school shared with you. You can also find more information on the Early Childhood Page on the District's Website.

 

Parents of students from kindergarten to third grade need to complete the COVID-19 Screening App on the district website under quick links. 

 

 The App has very simple yes or no questions. If you do not remember your child's ID select the visitor's option. 

 

These new procedures will get better with time and practice.

 

 

April 21, 2021

 

Dear Parents,

 

The District's focus continues to be on doing what is best for children. When The District made the difficult decision to remain closed, that decision was guided by science and the realities of safely staffing a district of 30,000 students for in-person and remote learning simultaneously.   I recently met with Members of the Board and the Teachers' Union Leadership to further discuss reopening schools.  The increased concerns of parents, especially those with young children, have made us reconsider the decision. 

 

Starting Thursday, April 29, 2021, we will welcome the students from PK to third grade who selected in-person learning with a 12:45 dismissal. The schools will group students into groups. The all-remote group, a group A and a group B. During their in-person week, students will attend classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will continue as a remote day for everyone to enhance our cleaning at the schools. The school will provide parents and guardians with the schedules.  

 

We grouped grades to make the reopening feasible.  The first group returning is PK to third-grade students.  The tentative return date for fourth to eighth grade is May 10, and grades 9-12 may return on May 10.  The District will share more information as we continue the process of making in-person learning available.  Parents continue to have the option to keep their children with remote learning through June.

 

I will send a separate message to the staff explaining their schedules and District expectations.  Our custodial and maintenance staff has worked very hard to get the schools ready.  Thank you, and stay safe.

 

April 25, 2021

 

Dear and Guardians, 

 

I hope you had an opportunity to take advantage of the improving weather this weekend to enjoy the outdoors.  This Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, students will have the same schedule since September with synchronous remote instruction. 

 

On Thursday, April 29, we welcome the first group of students for in-person learning.  The students returning to school will be divided into two groups. The students from preschool to third grade in Cohort A will be the first group of students returning to school.   Your children's school will let you know if your child is part of Cohort A or B.  The schools are making every effort for siblings in the same school to attend in-person learning the same week.  Teachers expect that children will participate in synchronous classes the week they are not attending school.  You will find the weekly schedule for Cohort A and B through June on the district's website.  All students will be dismissed at 12:45.  

 

Parents continue to have the choice to keep their children with remote learning until June.   We will be posting information on the district's website to keep you informed about screening, contact tracing, and the number of positive Covid19 cases at each school if any. Let's make our goal to continue being vigilant with the practices of wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer, and staying home if we feel sick or have a fever.  

 

As students walk into the school, they will step on shoe sanitizing mats and pass through a camera-type device that monitors people's body temperature before going to class.   Please make sure the school has a good telephone number to reach you if your child has an elevated temperature.   Schools always need a good number to contact you or a trusted caregiver.  Please send the information to your child's teacher as soon as possible.  

 

Parents, please keep checking the website and messages from your child's school for information about in-person learning.   Be safe and continue to follow healthy habits.  

 

https://bit.ly/JCPSRemoteHybrid

 

Franklin Walker

 

March 21, 2021

 

Dear and Guardians, 

 

I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy the first Spring weekend.  Currently, registration is open for full-day preschool classes for three and four-year-old children.  For Pre-K 3, children must turn three (3)years old on or before October 1, 2021, and for Pre-K 4, they must be four (4) years old on or before October 1, 2021.  Visit the District website at jcboe.org for more details.  Please share this information with neighbors and friends who have young children.  The JCPS Early Childhood Program is nationally recognized as a high-quality program.   Early Childhood Registration ends on March 31. 

Thank you to the parents that completed the  Parent In-person / Remote Learning Survey.  This week we will review the trends to help us plan.  We will look at the percentage of students whose parents want them to remain remote and wish to return for in-person learning.  We will also look at the rate of teachers who will take a leave and those who plan or have submitted for an accommodation to remain working remotely.  Another critical data point is the feedback from the walkthrough the schools have been completing following the CDC recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19.  As we learn more about the virus, the CDC and the NJ Health Department continue to update their guidance.  Our focus is the universal and correct use of masks, physical distance, cleaning, screening, and contact tracing. Students and staff that feel ill must remain home and seek medical attention. 

This week all the employees in the District became available, and vaccination is well underway.  Any staff member who wishes to be vaccinated should call the number they received through various emails and telephone calls. 

It would help if you continued to supervise that students attend virtual classes every day, and thank you for your assistance.  Students lose interest quickly in school with their friends, and at home, the distractions can be worse.  Teachers are taking attendance. 

Have a great week, and stay safe.

 

Franklin Walker

 

 

 

March 14, 2021

 

Dear and Guardians, 

 

Tomorrow Monday, March 15, 2021, I will be presenting the District's "Budget of Equity" that provides our students with a sustainable education that meets their immediate needs due to the Pandemic and long-term needs for a world-class education. 

 

The District is planning to make in-person learning available to all students during the Fourth Marking Period. All families can choose to keep their children learning remotely through June 2021. Please visit the district website jcboe.org and complete a quick survey for each of your children before March 19, 2021. A parent may choose to remain with remote learning or for in-person learning based on a hybrid model. The hybrid model is a combination of in-person and remote learning. As of this time, we are planning to dismiss all children at 12:45 during Phase II. Your selection will help us plan. We will open classes provided that the health data continue to improve and the instructional staff is available. 

 

As I speak to parents, I hear that my messages are very general. Yes, you are correct. As the Superintendent of the Jersey City Public Schools, I need to share broad statements that make sense to the parents of 30,000 students from PK-12. I wish I could be more specific. Particular messages about a school come from the administrator at that school, and detailed news about a class comes from your child's teacher. 

 

The Jersey City School District is currently reviewing and selecting instructional resources for a new district-wide English Language Arts textbook adoption for grades K-12. Please review the material before it closes on March 23. 

 

Please continue to supervise that your children attend all their classes. Teachers are taking attendance.

 

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

March 8, 2021

Dear and Guardians, 

 

The District is planning to make in-person learning available to all students during the Fourth Marking Period. All families can choose to keep their children learning remotely through June 2021. Starting tomorrow, Monday, March 8, please go to the district website jcboe.org and complete a quick survey for each of your children. A parent may choose to remain with remote learning or for in-person learning based on a hybrid model. The hybrid model is a combination of in-person and remote learning. As of this time, we are planning to dismiss all children at 12:45 during Phase II. Your selection will help us plan. The presentation I used at the Board Meeting about the JCPS Reopening Plan has more details. We will open classes provided that the health data continue to improve and can maintain a safe environment with adult supervision for students. 

 

In collaboration with the Jersey City Health Department, all of our employees will have an opportunity to be vaccinated beginning on March 15. We will share the details of the process directly with the employees and survey them to learn who will request a leave of absence. 

 

The Jersey City School District is currently reviewing and selecting instructional resources for a new district-wide English Language Arts textbook adoption for grades K-12. We welcome your feedback; please check out the information on the District website and complete the survey. 

 

We are also building a "Budget of Equity" that provides our students with the Jersey City Public Schools a sustainable education that meets their immediate needs and long-term needs. 

 

We need our families and neighbors who are using the parking lots in the neighborhood of PS 23 on Romine Avenue and PS 33 on Union Street between Mallory and Westside to remove their cars. We will be eliminating trailers, and the work crew needs full access. 

 

Students must attend virtual classes every day. Please continue to supervise that your children attend all their classes. Teachers are taking attendance. 

 

Franklin Walker

 

February 28, 2021

Greetings Parents,

 

Students must attend virtual classes every day. Please continue to supervise that your children attend all their classes. Teachers are taking attendance and working very hard with the students to master the lessons' content. All children learn over time and with much practice.

 

The Jersey City School District is currently reviewing and selecting instructional resources for a new district-wide English Language Arts textbook adoption for grades K-12. We welcome your feedback. As of Monday, March 1, 2021, the District website will have flyers with information. These flyers contain links to video presentations highlighting the resources, interventions, and diverse texts available and links to evaluate the materials. I encourage all stakeholders to take part in viewing the videos and assess the English Language Arts resources.

 

We are also building a "Budget of Equity" that provides for our student's needs during the 2021-2022 school year. While our students and families have demonstrated resiliency during the Pandemic, we know that our students will need social-emotional support to deal with isolation and loss. As educators, we know that the best learning happens in person, but the Pandemic made it impossible. Hence, in the coming, school years our students will need acceleration and more learning opportunities such as after-school programs, tutoring, Saturday academies, extended year, and fun!

 

Immunizations can save your child's life. Please make sure your child is up to date with all the vaccines that protect them against horrible diseases. 

 

Parents, please take advantage of the Meals program and share the information with friends and neighbors with children under the age of 18. Be safe, and I will reach out to you again next week.

 

 

February 21, 2021

 

Hello Parents,

 

Our educators and support staff continue their commitment to "Doing what is best for children." With that goal in mind, we are preparing to make in-person learning available to families that want to send their children to school on a hybrid schedule. Parents continue to have the option to keep their children with remote classes until June. A hybrid schedule has the same small group of students in a class going on the same days for in-person learning. Then, another group of students would go on a different set of days. The Reopening Plan the District submitted to the Department of Education last August explains the different hybrid phases. This Thursday, during the Board Meeting, I will present details of the current steps the District is taking to resume in-person classes this Spring. 

 

We are also building a "Budget of Equity" that provides for our students' needs during the 2021-2022 school year. The extreme challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic have laid bare the inequities that affect the lives of children and families. While our students and families have demonstrated resiliency during the Pandemic, we know that our students will need social-emotional support to deal with isolation and loss. As educators, we know that the best learning happens in person, but the Pandemic made it impossible. Hence, in the coming, years our students will need acceleration and more learning opportunities such as after-school programs, tutoring, Saturday academies, extended year, and fun!

 

Immunizations can save your child's life. Please make sure your child is up to date with all the vaccines that protect them against horrible diseases.    Currently, a few hundred students from preschool to seventh grade are missing the mandated vaccines. Vaccines have eliminated some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, and others are close to extinction– primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. The State Department of Health monitors vaccination, and students that are missing vaccines will not be allowed to attend classes. Please make sure to have your child vaccinated. Jersey City Health Department offers free vaccines to all children. Contact the school nurse or your child's teacher for assistance. 

 

The High School Fair for eighth-graders in Jersey City continues this week, and find a High School Program that meets your interest within the Jersey City Public Schools. Every student who is a resident in Jersey City is eligible to apply to our Small Learning Communities within the Jersey City Public Schools. The District will hold its annual High School Showcase HIP Fair virtually through February 24. You should make every effort to attend. The High School Principals, Supervisors, teachers, and students will talk about their school and answer your questions. There are links on the District's website to pre-register for each school's virtual event through ZOOM. The link will also have information about each school's Small Learning Community and District's programs. If you have any questions, speak to your School Counselor. They are ready to help you and answer as many questions as possible. 

 

Families take advantage of the Meals program and share the information with neighbors with children under 18. Be safe, and I will reach out to you again next week. 

 

Respectfully,

Franklin Walker

 

February 15, 2021

 

Greetings Parents,

 

I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day today.  Tomorrow Monday, February 15, 2021, we celebrate Presidents' Day, a federal holiday, and the Jersey City Public Schools are closed for students and staff. Let's join in prayers for our nation's greatest Presidents because it is in harmony that our society flourishes.

 

Immunizations can save your child's life. Please make sure your child is up to date with all the vaccines that protect them against horrible diseases.    Vaccines have eliminated some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children have, and others are close to extinction– primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. Polio is one example of the tremendous impact that vaccines have had in the United States. Polio was once America's most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of Polio in the United States.  Students that have not been immunized as per State Regulations will not be allowed to attend virtual classes the following week.  Please make every effort to immunize your child and send proof to the school nurse.

 

We have read and are following the CDC's recommendations for reopening schools and mitigating the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Please keep in mind that schools need staff to open and remain open. We also require all our employees to return to be able to resume in-person instruction. We have a large number of employees with medical concerns that have requested accommodation to remain remote. Vaccination for teachers, staff, and the community as soon as supply allows would eliminate the barrier and lessen fears. 

 

It is time for eighth-grade students to choose a High School Program that meets your interest within the Jersey City Public Schools. Every student who is a resident in Jersey City is eligible to apply to our Small Learning Communities within the Jersey City Public Schools. The District will hold its annual High School Showcase HIP Fair virtually from February 16 through February 24. Parents and students, please make every effort to participate. The High School Principals, Supervisors, teachers, and students will talk about their school and answer your questions. There will be a link on the District's website to pre-register for each school's virtual event through ZOOM. The link will also have information about each school's Small Learning Community and District's programs. If you have any questions, speak to your School Counselor. They are ready to help you and answer as many questions as possible. 

 

Please enjoy the extended weekend and be safe. 

 

Franklin Walker

 

February 7, 2021

 

Greetings Parents,

 

Please continue to supervise that your children attend all their classes. Teachers are taking attendance and working very hard with the students to master the lessons' content. All children learn over time and with much practice.  

 

If your preschool child needs a Chromebook or hotspot, please notify his or her teacher. In coordination with the Early Childhood Department, the school will schedule a day and time for pick up. 

 

For our parents of 8th-grade students, the District will hold its annual High School Showcase HIP Fair from February 16th through February 24th. This year the District will have the High School Fair virtually due to the Pandemic.  

 

The HIP Fair will showcase Dickinson High School, Ferris High School, Lincoln High School, Snyder High School, Innovation, and Liberty. Parents will also learn that students can attend the high school of their choice and be part of the Visual Performing Arts, JC Arts, and the Broadcasting Electronic Storytelling-BEST Program, Small Learning Communities, and Career Technical Education programs. The High School Principals, Supervisors, teachers, and students will talk about their school and answer your questions. 

 

There will be a link on the District's website to pre-register for each school's virtual event through ZOOM. The link will also have information about each school's Small Learning Community and District's programs.

 

During the coming week, your eighth-grader will see a video at the school that highlights all of the participating schools this week. The video will also be available for your review on the District's website before the HIP FAIR Showcase Event.

 

For parents of high school seniors, the NJ State Legislature adopted A4142, which establishes a three-year Bridge Year Pilot Program for individual students whom the COVID-19 Pandemic impacted. The JCPS will offer the Bridge-Year Program to students graduating with the class of 2021 who want the opportunity for a bridge following their senior year of high school. The high schools will share more information with you in the coming days. 

 

We continue to serve meals to all Jersey City children under 18 years of age at 20 different schools and the bus routes throughout the City. Visit the District's website to find the path or school nearest you.  Continue to be safe and may your favorite team win the Super Bowl this evening.

 

Franklin Walker

 

January 31, 2021

 

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

 

I hope you are enjoying this lazy Sunday afternoon watching the snowfall. The weather forecast calls for a northeastern storm that will affect the entire tristate area.  Therefore, I am announcing a snow day for tomorrow, Monday, February 1, 2021, canceling all activities.  Students and teachers will not have classes tomorrow. All custodial, maintenance and security staff will follow their schedule for snow days.  The district will distribute meals this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday because of the snow.

 

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, all students begin the third marking period. Students have half-day of classes, and the staff has professional development from 1:30 to 3:45 in the afternoon as we all continue to learn new ways to make learning better for students.

 

Please continue to encourage your child to work hard.  The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a unique blend of passion and persistence.   It is not a secret when we work hard; we encounter more success.  Make sure your child reads for pleasure.  For younger children, we ask that you read aloud to them about their favorite topics.  It will improve their comprehension as they develop their reading skills.  These simple suggestions can make a huge difference.   If a preschool child needs a Chromebook, please let your child’s teacher know so that we can arrange for a device.

 

We opened our school lots for Jersey City residents again in December, and you will be able to continue using them until the Spring. We will give you more information later in the winter.   I hope this makes it easier as snow falls in the area and makes parking more difficult.  A few schoolyards are not available because of repairs or improvements to the school.

 

Parents, please be careful and safe, as you enjoy the snow with the children.

 

Sincerely,

Franklin Walker

 

 

January 24, 2021

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

 

I want to share my weekly message of January 25, 2021. The last ten months have been a period of new challenges and difficult choices, testing our collective strength and endurance as we have faced the unknown together.  Unexpectedly, we had to reinvent public education building blocks in New Jersey's second-largest school system.  We reinvented how students "go to class" to grading policy, attendance, and everything in between. 

 

Jersey City Public Schools is an urban district with old buildings and crowded classrooms that make getting schools ready extremely difficult and costly. On Thursday, during the Board Meeting, my team will share all that we have done to get schools ready. 

 

Fortunately, the COVID-19 virus does not severely affect children, but children can not return to school without their teachers and the staff to keep them safe.  As soon as the vaccines are available in Jersey City, we will make them available to our employees in collaboration with the JC Health Department.  NJ health commissioner Judy Persichilli said that once the vaccine supply increases, we will be able to dole out as many as 3,000 to 5,000 vaccine doses a day.

 

Our goal is to bring students for in-person learning during the fourth marking period if Public-health statistics for the State continue to trend in a favorable direction. Our students reside in Jersey City, but our staff lives across many counties, so we need to monitor health data across the State.  The Pandemic is ever-evolving, and we had to make many adjustments during the last ten months. 

 

Parents, I want to acknowledge your continued commitment to keeping your children and the district staff safe as we navigate this unprecedented Pandemic.  You became more involved in your child's learning last March, and your dedication is making a difference for your child.  Our staff and I look forward to the day we see and hear your children inside our schools.  There is nothing more fulfilling to an educator than to witness the magic that takes place every day in school.  

 

Continue to be safe

Franklin Walker

 

 

January 17, 2021

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

 

Tomorrow Monday, January 18, 2021, is a federal holiday, and we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Students do not have classes. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day is a good day to reminisce about the words of wisdom from the giant of the civil rights movement whose nonviolent resistance to the injustices, racial segregation, employment discrimination, and the denial of the right to vote — enlightened our Nation and the world. In the face of tumult and upheaval, Dr. King reminded us to always meet anger with compassion. As we honor Dr. King, let us remember  his famous words, "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

 

This week students will be participating in reading, writing, or art lessons for "No Name-Calling Week," which is rooted in the idea of Kindness In Action - not merely recognizing the importance of kindness but actively adding a loving heart into our everyday actions.

 

Students must actively engage in their virtual classes every day. As students participate in classes and complete their assignments, they move closer to mastering the grade level requisites and standards. Please remember that the teachers are taking attendance, and every day, students miss a class it delays their learning.

 

We continue to serve meals at 20 different schools throughout the city three days a week, except on holidays. In addition to the 20 schools, we run the Meals on the Bus program serving meals along eight different busy streets. 

 

On Wednesday, President-Elect Biden will be sworn as the 46th President of the United States after tumultuous at the Capital. When speaking to your children about these events, please help them process the information using their head, heart, and, most importantly, their ethical conscience. 

 

Please continue to be cautious, avoid gatherings, and wear a mask as the spread of the COVID-19 virus threatens our health.  Every day, senior staff and I engage in discussions to determine when and how we can return students to the school buildings.  I know there is a tremendous concern for when schools will re-open for in-person instruction.  Since September, every decision that causes us to delay the reopening is made with you and your children in mind and give you adequate time to plan.   The decision for April 21st is to do the same with additional consideration given to the current health risk.  With the vaccine availability and rollout, we hope to return to in-person learning real soon as a district.

 

Thank you,

Franklin Walker

 

 

January 10, 2021

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

 

This week of January 11, 2021, I will post a letter with more details about the Reopening Plans.  Unfortunately, the number of individuals infected does has not decreased, and scientists predict an even higher number of cases due to the holidays.  So due to the high COVID-19 transmission rate, students enrolled in the Jersey City Public Schools will remain in "Phase I" explained in the Reopening Plan with remote learning through April 21, 2021. The District will release new information within the next week.   I will send the employees directly the date the District expects them to return to work in person. As the Board and I described earlier this school year, the staff working remotely will report to work in person before the students.

 

Fortunately, Governor Murphy prioritizes teachers for the COVID-19 vaccine making it safer for them to reunite with their students.  The Governor also promised that New Jerseyans would not have to pay for the vaccine itself, regardless of whether they have health insurance coverage.  That's a promising sign amid so much uncertainty and national turmoil.

 

We continue to serve meals at 20 different schools throughout the city three days a week, except on holidays. In addition to the 20 schools, we run the Meals on the Bus program serving meals along 8 different busy streets and most neighborhoods. The Meals on the Bus run on Martin Luther King Blvd., Cole Street, Palisades Avenue, Kennedy Blvd., West Side Avenue, Garfield Avenue, and Ocean Avenue. Please visit the District's website and Facebook page for specific times.

 

Students must actively engage in their virtual classes every day.   As students participate in classes and complete their assignments, they move closer to mastering the grade level requisites and standards.  Please remember that the teachers are taking attendance, and every day, students miss a class it delays their learning.

 

Good evening and remain safe.

 

Franklin Walker

 

January 3, 2021

 

Greetings Parents and Guardians,,

 

I hope you were able to enjoy this very different and well-earned winter recess. Tomorrow, Monday, January 4, 2021, we resume classes. I am calling to wish you and your families a very happy, safe, and healthy new year! Without stating the obvious, 2020 was a challenging year marked by historical events and unforeseen changes to work and home lives. It also forced the District and every one of us as individuals to learn new skills.

 

We will continue with remote learning through the second marking period, and students need to actively engage in their virtual classes each and every day. As students participate in classes and complete their assignments, they move closer to mastering the grade level requisites and standards. The second marking period ends on February 2, 2021. 

 

According to reports, New Jersey's counts of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to very high. We continue to review information, health data, and recommendations to announce the return to in-person learning. We will work with the Board and the different unions to let you know when we will be moving to Phase 2 with in-person learning. 

 

Governor Murphy announced that indoor sports activities may resume with a 10-person capacity limit on all indoor activities, except players, coaches, and officials. For most sports, that means no spectators. We know you want to support our student-athletes, your children, but safety remains our highest priority. We will not be able to have fans in the games, but we will try to stream as many games as possible. 

 

It's time to be hopeful, have new dreams, and make some new resolutions for the new year. It's time to connect with each other with a phone call, a card, or by Zooming, not in person. As shared on numerous occasions, please follow these guidelines to protect your health and those around you:

 

  • Wear a mask;
  • Maintain social distance and remain 6 feet apart from co-workers and in public spaces;
  • Avoid unnecessary gatherings;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, coughing, or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you have a fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please remain home and only go out to seek medical care. 

 

The new year means a lot of new dreams and achievements for our students. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Jersey City Public Schools' children. I wish you and your beautiful family a very healthy, happy, and prosperous new year. Stay safe, and let's beat the Pandemic with new energy.

 

Franklin Walker

 

November 29, 2020

 

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

 

I wish you had a safe Thanksgiving.  It certainly was different for everyone away from the extended family and close friends we traditionally enjoy. Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for most people.  Unfortunately, health data reinforce how important it is for everyone to maintain social distance, avoid gatherings, and wear a mask.

 

The schedules remain the same. However, we will continue to monitor the current schedules to provide needed support to students who may have experienced some challenges adjusting to remote learning during the first marking period. 

 

Today is November 29, 2020, and we are now entering the second marking period.  All students need to continue working hard to learn new skills.  Regrettably, the increase in COVID 19 cases makes it difficult to have in-person learning, and parents need to be involved in daily lessons.  As educators, we know it takes time for students to learn new skills in each of the content areas.  Please have patience with your children but be consistent and maintain the routines you and their teachers have developed.  In-person learning is the best, but to keep everyone safe, we must continue with online learning.  

 

Please take advantage of the meals at 20 different schools throughout the city.  All Jersey City children under the age of 18 are eligible.  Please visit the website at jcboe.org to learn about the schedule and find the school nearest you.   It does not need to be the school your children attend but one closest to your home. 

 

Please continue to support your children with remote learning and follow the health recommendations to stay healthy.

 

November 18, 2020

 

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

 

I hope you and your loved ones continue to enjoy good health during these challenging times. As I told you last Sunday, we have tweaked the student schedules for the second marking period using your responses and recommendations. These minor adjustments to the schedule will allow teachers to personalize support for students. So today, I want to give you a brief overview of the changes. The District's website will have complete information this weekend. 

 

During the second marking, the students' schedules from preschool to eighth grade will include independent learning activities every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. During this independent time, students who need assistance will be scheduled for individual or small group support from 1:30 to 2:10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning December 1st. Teachers will then have time for professional learning, as we all try to master new techniques and technology from 2:15 to 2:55. Again this is the schedule for students from preschool to 8th grade beginning December 1st. 

 

High School students will work independently every Wednesday afternoon. During this independent time, students who need assistance will be scheduled for individual or small group support from 1:30 to 2:10 on Wednesdays beginning December 2nd. Teachers will then have time for professional learning, as we all try to master new techniques and technology from 2:15 to 3:10. Again, this is the schedule that begins on December 2nd. 

 

Thank you for your patience as we all navigate the pandemic. Please continue to observe all the recommendations to keep each other safe.

 

Franklin Walker

 

Superintendent

 

 

October 11, 2020

Greetings parents,

 

Tomorrow Monday, October 12, the district is closed in observance of Columbus Day, a Federal Holiday.  I said that we would begin the revised schedule this week, but we needed more planning time.  We will make students and families aware of the new times this week, and we will begin the week of October 19.  Students will not miss out on any subject but will experience less time in Google Meet or Zoom.

 

We continue to monitor State Health data for Covid-19 and, together with your feedback to your child's principal, will use the information to set a date to begin Phase 2. In Phase 2, a portion of the students will go to school for in-person learning.

 

Please make sure your child signs in every morning.  Students need to participate in synchronous lessons with their teachers, which is how teachers take attendance. Low attendance will negatively impact their academic growth and ability to learn the standards for the grade level.  Since we can't be together in schools, we need to make sure students are present remotely.

 

I hope you enjoy an extra day this weekend and continue to maintain social distance.

 

 

October 4, 2020

 

Greetings Parents,

 

Autumn is officially here with colorful leaves and cooler weather. As our students and teachers work remotely, the staff continues to get schools ready for in-person learning. We continue to monitor school readiness and health data to determine the start of phase 2. Phase 2 is a combination of in-person and remote learning for one-third of the students. 

 

Tomorrow, October 5th is the last day to complete the Census. The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the United States regardless. Please make sure it counts you and your family. When everyone participates, the government provides more funds to improve hospitals, schools, and the City. Please complete the form online, by visiting my2020census.gov

 

October is National Principals Month, and I want to take this opportunity to thank our principals for their leadership and search for excellence. Their dedication benefits the students and staff. 

 

On Wednesday, students do not have classes, but teachers will have an opportunity to participate in professional development opportunities. We listened to your recommendations, and the week of October 12th, we will share a revised schedule for students with less screen time. The revised school will include all content areas, including art, music, and physical education. 

 

Your child's school will continue to reach out to learn if you plan to send your child for in-person learning when schools open. We need the information to make our plans.  Thank you, and continue to maintain healthy habits to stay safe. 

 

Franklin Walker

 

 

September 27, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Our students and staff now have two weeks of a new school year in a way that has never been done before but may become our future practices.  It doesn't seem like the COVID-19 Pandemic will end soon enough, and we need to think differently about how we do things.  Technology and remote learning will be an essential part of teaching and learning.  We are currently reviewing the schedules to make adjustments that allow our students to receive a great learning experience but allow for some flexibility. Based on your recommendations, we may shorten the school day for students.  Currently, we plan to bring students for in-person instruction using phase 1 of the hybrid model at the end of the first marking period on November 17, 2020.  During phase 1, only one-third of the class would report to school for in-person learning.  Parents may choose to keep their children on remote learning through June 2021, as explained in the JCPS Reopening Plan. 

 

We have talented educators who know how to teach, but we are all learning new skills quickly.  So just as we plan to keep our students mastering new skills, we continue to challenge ourselves.  There will be many opportunities for the staff to participate in professional learning opportunities. 

 

The custodial staff will also have opportunities to learn about new products, procedures, and practices to keep everyone safe.  They are a vital part of keeping everyone safe and healthy. 

 

In the next few weeks, we should receive the student desk shields. These shields are also called sneeze guards. Every student will have protection to prevent the droplets from touching other students.  Yesterday, district staff were physically setting up a few COVID-19 Model classrooms, and we will be able to show you as soon through pictures from a few different schools.  

 

We have reached a historical agreement with NJCU to keep A Harry Moore in their building, providing a vulnerable population with continuity and an updated facility.  

 

The District will distribute the applications for admission to schools like MAHS, Infinity, Liberty, and the Accelerated Programs at MS 4 and Academy I in January. We will schedule the test between February and March.  At that time, students will be able to take the test in-person since they don't have a remote option. 

 

Continue to be safe,

 

Franklin Walker 

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

September 20, 20200

 

Greetings Parents,

 

Last week we had our first week of classes, and even though it is a brand new experience for everyone, we were able to achieve success to some degree. As educators, we prefer and know that a traditional instruction model is the most effective because learning depends strongly on the social-emotional bonds forged in the classroom. Parents, thank you for y the feedback and suggestions. It is still very early to determine what works and what needs to be tweaked. 

 

Remote learning has forced everyone to operate outside the comfort zone, and for the parents with young children, it means that you need to be part of the process. We can imagine and empathize with the challenges, but you need to know the school district's goal is to make sure your children achieve high academic levels despite the Pandemic. Your children's future depends on mastering the standards to get into great schools and have successful careers. 

 

More than ever, your child needs you. Please make sure your child attends all the online sessions and completes the assignments. As the schools receive the workbooks, they will let you know the schedule to pick up the consumable materials. The younger students need these resources to practice their writing, reading, and mathematical skills. 

 

 If your child needs in grades, K-12 need a device, call the school and schedule a time for pick-up. If you are not able to reach the school, you can call  1-877-708-8195. The most important goal is to give access to families without a computer. Then, we plan to provide a device to every child, which will take in October and November when more Chromebooks come in.  

 

Every year we have an Open House where parents visit the school and meet the teachers and the principals. Well, under the new normal, it will be different. Your child's teacher will send you an email inviting all the parents in the class for an evening meeting using Google Classroom or Zoom. This Tuesday, September 22nd, is the Open House for Elementary Schools. Middle School Open House is Wednesday, September 23rd. Tuesday, September 29th, is the High School Open House. The schools will let you know.

 

Have a great week, and continue to be safe. 

 

Franklin Walker

 

 

September 13, 2020

 

Good evening parents,

 

This week we will continue with virtual learning. We had an excellent start to the school year, and it will continue to improve. During a traditional school year, the first few days of classes are full of questions and uncertainties as parents get to know their children's class expectations and as teachers get to know their students. This year the difference is that parents get to see the process and, at times, expect perfection. It takes time to build routines and set achievable expectations. Your children will be able to do all that you wish, but it won't happen overnight. We know it is not easy and would love to be able to have students in the classroom, but that is not possible at this time. 

 

We are all doing things differently during the pandemic. In the past, we gave students all their books on the first day of class; now, the process will be different. Your child's school will let you know when they will distribute the books for young learners. Older students can use all the materials online, but younger children may need workbooks.

 

Please communicate with your child's school, we have many different classes, and there is no one answer. The response needs to be specific to your child's level. 

 

Teaching and learning are not easy, and doing it through virtual instruction is challenging. However, working together will benefit your child. If your child needs in grades, K-12 need a device, call the school and schedule a time for pick-up. If you are not able to reach the school, you can call  1-877-708-8195.

 

 

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools

 

Friday, September 11, 2020
 
 
Superintendent's Welcome Back 2020-2021 School Year
 
 
 

September 6, 2020

Greetings parents,

 

This week we begin classes for the 2020-2021 school year.  First, let me thank you for your support and understanding. As a school district, we responded to the unexpected invasion of COVID-19 in the Spring and continue to cope with the unprecedented changes.  Not only did we finish the school year differently, but now we are resuming classes remotely. 

 

We can play the blaming game, but that reality is that it is a learning process for all, and as a public entity, the JCPS must adhere to numerous regulations filled with bureaucracy.  Our goal is to close the digital gap and have a device for every child who needs it, and we have enough Chromebooks at this time.  The second goal is to provide a 1 to 1, in other words, a device for every child, which will take in October and November when the additional 10,000 devices come in.   Additionally, every school and department review its budget and continue to purchase Chromebooks to maintain school devices.

 

The Road Back Plan recommends that districts supplement gaps in student access to devices and connectivity. The Plan does not mandate any purchases because the State would need to provide more money.  It is public information that the JCPS has experienced a reduction in funding. We are currently involved in litigation.  The City has been helpful, and the payroll tax has helped, but it is not enough.

 

During this unprecedented time, we are all trailblazers forging new paths and making adjustments as necessary.  If your child does not have a device to use, contact the school; all distributions will occur at the schools.  You will have a scheduled time and date to pick-up a Chromebook to allow for social distance.  If you are fortunate to have a computer and connectivity for your child, please let the school know that your need is not immediate, and you can wait. 

 

Please visit the website where I have a detailed explanation of a typical student schedule.  Teachers will receive their plans on Tuesday when they return to work.  Then you will receive your child's specific classes and times. 

 

We are all anxious about this new experience.  Let's work together and help one another.  Have a wonderful holiday weekend as we honor the contributions workers have made to our country's strength, prosperity, and well-being.  Please continue to be safe. 

 

Thank You.

 

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools

 

Superintendent Franklin Walker and Assistant Superintendent Ellen Ruane
discuss the Reopening Plan and Sample Student Schedules for Phase 1 Remote Learning. 
 
 

 

 

August 30, 2020 

Good evening parents,

 

I am very excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year. It was an unforgettable summer, but I hope you had time to spend time with your family because many of us have experienced a loss. Despite the Pandemic, the beginning of the school year brings new relationships and endless opportunities. We have high expectations for our students, and everyone will support our student's academic and social-emotional growth. We are Educating for Greatness by developing a vision of doing what is best for all students and making them academically competitive in a global society. The custodial, maintenance, clerical staff, and administrators have been busily preparing to ensure that we meet our students' developmental needs while we provide enrichment, acceleration, resources, and support. Classes resume on September 10th, and we need to be ready. Remote learning will be very different from last Spring when we implemented a home-instruction model. During this upcoming school year, we must provide a full day of instruction during the 180 days of classes.  We also know that excellent teaching requires face-to-face interactions and independent activities. While students will be learning the full day, the amount of time they spend in front of the screen will be developmentally appropriate based on their age and development. The school day will include core subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. It will also include activities to promote social-emotional well-being, physical activities, music, the arts, and time for lunch. During August, many teachers participated in professional development. We are also working with the Administrators who returned to school last week to share our expectations, develop plans, and create specific school schedules. 

 

This school year, our practices will be different to ensure our students, staff, and community safety. We will need to limit or schedule visitors to the school, but our administrators are working in the school so you can call with questions and concerns. The principals will be sending all the parents messages for each particular school to avoid confusion, including the specific schedule for your child based on their grade. At the district level, we will be sharing samples to help parents organize their day. The examples will show the typical day of a teacher to help you understand our goal. If your child needs a device, please contact your child’s principal or call the office.  Even though the doors are not open for visitors the staff will be able to answer your question or call you back with the information.   Please continue to take precautions to stay safe.

 

Thank you.

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Mr. Walker discusses the importance of the parent survey as well important steps the district has taken to

ensure a safe opening along with a remote learning component for all school stakeholders. 

However, we must be mindful that reopening schools continues to be a continually evolving plan that will likely be revised and adjusted based on public health trends and guidelines from the Governor and the New Jersey Department of Education.  Superintendent Walker's Message as of July 24, 2020.

School Reopening Plan. 

JCPS-Presentation-REOPENING PLAN-JULY 28TH

 
 
 
August 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Students, 

 

Despite the Covid-19 challenges, we are still very excited to start the school year 2020-2021, encouraged by your unwavering support of, and inspired by your continued trust in the Jersey City Public Schools. 

 

Our clerical and administrative staff will be returning to work within the next week to answer your specific questions and concern.  We are getting ready to begin remote teaching and learning, feed our students, and to eventually welcome your children for in-person instruction as soon as health data lowers the risks.  

 

We are hiring custodial workers and nurse aides to maintain the health and safety guidelines outlined in our reopening plan.  Our instructional staff is also participating in professional development to enhance our ability to provide an exceptional education remotely.  As learning leaders, we must practice our expectations of always being better and learning something new each day.  

 

The curriculum department is diligently developing the specifics for remote instruction that include daily face to face time between the students and their teachers during the school day.  Google Classroom will be the official online platform to hold all the assignments, and our teachers will use other platforms to enhance instruction.  

 

If you want to see the JCPS Reopening Plan, visit the district's website.  Please continue to teach your child how to wear a mask, maintain social distance, and wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds.  

 

Franklin Walker

Superintendent of Schools