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JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS REOPENING PLAN 2020-2021

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Dear Jersey City Public School Community,

 

Thank you for your dedication and understanding during these critical times. Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closing of all schools in March, it never removed the District's Obligation to educate its student. On June 26, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) released its return to school guidance document, The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education. The Jersey City Public Schools Reopening Committees have been thoroughly reviewing State guidance. The Jersey City Public Schools Reopening Model is in the planning stages as we work through the best learning model options available for our students, staff, and families this fall. We are engaged in reviewing and refining our remote learning plan, while also preparing for the in-person reopening of schools in the fall. 

There are many components to a safe reopening plan for the Jersey City Public Schools. The most important aspect of our Plan is to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of students and staff. The information parents/guardians provided via our initial survey was integral as administrators have been planning out possible learning models for the 2020-2021 school year. Although the State's guidance core goal is for all students to return to school in the fall safely, it is evident that many members of our school community are uncertain about sending their children back to school.

 

The plan that follows will serve as Jersey City Public Schools "How To" guidebook to open our schools for the 2020-21 school year and complies with the NJ DOE's expectations for districts. While our preferred model of instructional delivery is a traditional educational environment, we anticipate continued health restrictions when classes resume on September 10, 2020. It is important to note that as our current situation continues to evolve, this document will change with it. Further, this document will not answer every question. Instead, it may provide a high-level framework for the standard operational protocols that the school district wants to implement for our 2020-2021 school year. Additionally, the Jersey City Public Schools Reopening Plan (JCPSRP) will be adjusted periodically to reflect new findings and data from the health officials and government officials.  

 

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Leadership and Planning

Reopening Committees 

 

In the Spring, the Superintendent established a School Closing Committee under the Assistant Superintendent's guidance and a School Reopening Committee for the Deputy Superintendent to chair. These committees were instrumental in closing the school year and following the research of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and scholarly articles. Following Governor Murphy's release of The Road Back Plan, the Superintendent met with the administration on June 30 and established a system to prioritize and expedite information gathering and development a reopening model based on phases from the most restrictive to full in-person learning.  

 

The reopening committee reflects a diverse perspective due to its composition and allowed to divide the tasks and provide guidance based on different expertise and views. The various committees represent the Board, the Administration, Community Stakeholders, the Jersey City Teachers Association, and the New Jersey Teachers Association, Parents, and support employees. See Appendix A.

 

The Superintendent formed the reopening committees to address the conditions for learning outlined in The Road Back and through full committee meetings to voice concerns and reach consensus and sub-committees to document the best practices in the following areas: 

 
  1. General Health and Safety Guidelines
  2. Classrooms, Testing, and Therapy Rooms
  3. Transportation 
  4. Student Flow, Entry, Exit, and Common Areas
  5. Screening, PPE, Response to Students and Staff Presenting Symptoms
  6. Contact Tracing
  7. Facilities Cleaning Practices
  8. Meals
  9. Recess/Physical Education
  10. Extracurricular Activities and Use of Facilities Outside of School Hours

 

The JCPS Reopening Committee was established to provide guidance for the reopening of schools during the 2020-2021 school year. The members of the committee were divided into groups to work on the various considerations necessary for the return of students to in-person learning. Parents were surveyed and the District received over 7,000 responses. The responses emphasized that the community was not ready to decide about sending their children back to school. On June 29, 2020, the full committee met for the first time.

 

The JCPSRP follows the guidance in The Road Back for in-person instruction during the 2020-2021 school year and the flexibility to shift from a fully remote model to all students attending classes in school. It is a gradual scale-up of school operations that include mitigation strategies that incorporate physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, health screening protocols, and many others. Currently, based on the most current guidance, the JCPS will begin classes on September 10, 2020, with Phase 1.  Across all phases, the JCPS will follow the CDC and the Department of Health recommendations for schools in terms of social and physical distancing, health and hygiene, cleaning, and disinfecting.

 

The District is planning to educate students with two models: 1) All-Virtual/Remote model, in which students would do all of their classes virtually, and 2) In-Person Hybrid model, in which students would alternate between doing five (5) days of instruction in school and five days of full virtual instruction based on the consensus of the JCPSRC. We are committed to making sure that students continue to experience the care and commitment of our faculty and routine of daily learning, even when participating in remote learning. We must acknowledge that our approach to distance learning cannot replicate the magic that happens when school is in regular session. However, we do contend that quality learning can occur from a distance. During phase 2 of the reopening, approximately 33% of the students will be in the classroom at once. In a class of fifteen students, only five will be present, and in a class of twenty-four, a maximum of eight students will be attending in-person instruction.   The District intends to keep the same student cohorts together and will strive to keep families scheduled for the same days of in-person learning.

 

A hybrid learning environment allows staff to monitor student movement, lessen the number of students in classes and hallways to maintain social distancing according to The Road Back Plan. Instructional and non-instructional schedules can include designated times to support school building level logistics required to maintain health and safety requirements.

 

As of July 30, 2020, the Reopening Committee agreed that each group/cohort of students would attend in-person classes for five (5) consecutive days and then spend ten (10) days during remote learning.

 

The District Calendar will post the schedule of instruction for each of the three groups participating in hybrid learning during the first two months in Phase 2. After the Board meeting, the District decided to begin phase 2 in October.  

 

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The requirements outlined in the NJDOE Guidance and incorporated into this Plan are controlled by Executive Order of the Governor of New Jersey and are subject to change.

 

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A hybrid learning environment allows staff to monitor student movement, lessen the number of students in classes and hallways to maintain social distancing according to The Road Back Plan. Instructional and non-instructional schedules can include designated times to support school building level logistics required to maintain health and safety requirements.

 

As of July 30, 2020, the Reopening Committee agreed that each group/cohort of students would attend in-person classes for five (5) consecutive days and then spend ten (10) days during remote learning.

 

The District Calendar will post the schedule of instruction for each of the three groups participating in hybrid learning during the first two months in Phase 2.

 

 

Board Presentation Schools Reopening Plan August 6th.

 

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JCPS Health-Related School Closure Plan UPDATED MAY 20, 2020

 

 

 
Student Loaned Technology Return/Repair
 
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For the individual school websites please use the links below:
 
Emails were created for each individual school for emergency contact due to the health related school closures. 
 
 
  • Resources include Social emotional learning packets for grades K-12.
  • The State of NJ Department of Families and Children Resources.
  • Jersey City Public Schools Counselor List.
  • Links to Supplementary Online Educational Resources (Virtual Flied trips, Instructional links by content area).
 
Link to the NJ Department  of Health website and Covid-19 facts.
 
Health Update
 

Alliance to end Homelessness Warming Center Extension

 

Phone and Internet Offerings

 

Due to the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19, the Board of Chosen Freeholders has approved the extension of the warming center through April 30, 2020. This change is an important step in the ongoing efforts to reduce community exposure to COVID-19 while also adhering to social distance protocols among vulnerable populations. The warming center will continue to operate under the existing schedule. Additional pick-ups from predetermined locations each night will continue to operate as follows: 

From Hoboken Terminal: 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

From Journal Square (Sip and Bergen Avenues): 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 

 

Any amendments to the existing plan will be shared accordingly.

 

Phone and Internet carriers are working to keep everyone connected, offering free and affordable service plans, along with waiving late fees and promising no disruption of TV/Phone/Internet services despite anyone's inability to pay their bills. Please click on the link below to see what is currently being offered by the major phone/internet carriers."

 

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