What Are The Key Decisions For Reopening Schools?, June 25, 2020

Moderator: Dr. Penelope Lattimer, Former Assistant Commissioner, NJ Department of Education

Special Guest: Dr. Scott Rocco, Superintendent Hamilton Township School District


Moving New Jersey Schools Forward Amid COVID-19 is an online forum to support the development of school district planning that responds to the challenges of COVID-19.

Sessions include a guest expert followed by questions and discussion. Planned topics include health risks to children and staff, how other states and countries have reopened (or plan to reopen) schools, what we can learn from child care, transportation, budget implications, PPE, parent concerns, teacher and staff concerns, and more.

School districts must plan to meet the educational needs of children with considerable uncertainty and fast-moving changes in knowledge regarding COVID-19. This forum offers access to the latest information including successful examples from other states and countries, support for the use of data in planning and continuous improvement of practice, and a way for district leaders to learn from each other how best to move forward.

Forum organizers are longtime New Jersey school leaders Penelope Lattimer, Kimberley Marcus, and Michael Salvatore with Rutgers Professor Steven Barnett.