A D V I S O R Y

SUBJECT:       Release of Special ReportSearching for a ‘New Normal’ in New Jersey’s Public Schools: How the Coronavirus Is Changing Education in the Garden State

DATE:             Wednesday, May 20, 2020

SPONSOR:     New Jersey School Boards Association

The New Jersey School Boards Association will release a special report exploring issues facing the state’s local boards of education when schools reopen following the closures forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report is expected to be issued midday on Wednesday, May 20.

Searching for a “New Normal” in New Jersey’s Public Schools: How the Coronavirus Is Changing Education in the Garden State will provide information on the safe reopening of schools, students’ mental health, academic and extracurricular programs, budgetary issues, and preparations for the future.

The report is designed to help school districts further define challenges in these areas and develop strategies to meet them.

It will draw on the viewpoints of New Jersey’s local school officials, research by experts in education, medicine and public health, and other nations’ experiences in reopening schools. In addition, the report will recommend ten strategies for consideration by local school districts and the state and federal governments.

NJSBA will send the report electronically to the news media, the NJSBA membership, other members of New Jersey’s education community, and state officials. Searching for a “New Normal” will also be available on NJSBA’s website at www.njsba.org.

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The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of the state’s local boards of education and includes the majority of New Jersey’s charter schools as associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.

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