July 28, 2020—As a service to local school boards, the New Jersey School Boards Association has developed a sample policy on the remote learning option, which must be offered to parents.

On July 24, the state released “Supplemental Guidance: Clarifying Expectations Regarding Full-Time Remote Learning Options for Families in 2020-2021.” The supplemental guidance follows Governor Murphy’s announcement that parents must be offered the option of all-virtual instruction for the new school year.

“To help local boards of education address this requirement as they plan for the reopening of school, NJSBA Policy Services has developed a sample document, “Remote Learning” (File Code 6173.1),” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director.

The sample policy can be accessed at www.njsba.org/Remote-Education-Sample-Policy.

“The policy addresses methods of virtual instruction, the length of the school day, procedures for requesting full-time remote instruction, transition from full-time remote instruction to in-person instruction, and communication with parents, among other subjects,” Feinsod continued.

For additional information and guidance on policy development in response to the pandemic and school reopening, contact Steve McGettigan, NJSBA policy manager, at smcgettigan@njsba.org or Jean Harkness, policy consultant, at jharkness@njsba.org.


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.