As of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 434 districts have declared that they will be pursuing a hybrid model; 242 will be opening with all-remote education; 68 will have in-person education only, and 22 schools will have a combination of different reopening models.
With more school districts deciding to choose all-remote learning or hybrid instruction, working parents face child care challenges as the pandemic continues into the fall.
In New York, the city’s American Federation of Teachers chapter announced that members would go on strike if they felt the schools were not safe due to COVID-19. As in New Jersey, teachers in New York are prohibited from striking.
The Montclair School District has chosen to start the school year remotely, in large part because of ventilation issues in the schools.
The tuition is $1,075 a month for the five-day program ending at 3:15 p.m., and $1,295 a month for the program ending at 5:45 p.m. Both programs start at 7:45 a.m. Financial assistance will be available for families who require it.
Eleven Montclair State University students have been suspended after attending large parties without masks over the weekend, university officials said.
Silverstein, a graduate of Rutgers University, is a practicing attorney and holds a JD from the Boston University School of Law.
As of Aug. 24, the Department of Education had received a total of 745 reopening plans from school districts and non-public schools. Of that number, 251 were completed and approved; 389 were reviewed and sent back for revisions; and 105 still needed to be reviewed.
Erik D’Amato, Vote Montclair’s founder and the parent of Hillside and Glenfield students, said that ultimately, the discussion of an elected school board is about getting more Montclair voters involved in the democratic process, rather than in school-specific topics.