August 7, 2020—The latest additions to NJSBA’s School Restart Resource Center include the state’s response to questions about school reopening, research on safely providing classes in music and the performing arts, and a caution about a state-required sign-off on district reopening plans.

School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions In a new document, the New Jersey Departments of Education and Health provide responses to questions dealing with face coverings, screening and testing, social distancing, contact tracing, restart plan development and submission, scheduling, and special education. Posted August 7.

Fall 2020 Guidance for Arts Education (updated August 6) Arts Ed NJ updates its guidance on the safe provision of arts instruction, based on the second preliminary findings of the University of Colorado’s Aerosol Dispersion in Music study. According to the research, classroom music, theatre, speech, debate and dance classes may be held in person following proper mitigation. Posted August 7.

ALERT: State-Required Attestation on School Reopening Plans Raises Liability Concerns School district officials should discuss the required document with the board attorney. Posted August 4.


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