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Jun 26, 2020

Middletown Superintendent Responds to Gov. Murphy’s School Update

Gov. Phil Murphy announced today the state’s guidance in reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year. The guidance that the governor has offered to all New Jersey public school districts includes implementing a hybrid of in-person and remote learning, with face coverings mandatory, as well as smaller class sizes.

Murphy said, “There is no one-size-fits-all approach that we could possibly take.”

Middletown Township Superintendent William O. George III responded to the governor’s announcement in a letter sent to parents and posted on the township’s website.

“Our district’s initial plan for the reopening of schools was addressed at the June 24 Board of Education Workshop/Voting meeting,” George wrote. “At that time, I discussed our intention to implement a Reopening of Schools Committee, which is divided into eight subcommittees.”

Subcommittees will include Health & Safety, Social Emotional Learning, Learning – Curriculum Programs, Facilities/Operations, Transportation, Technology, Funding and Athletics, Co-curricular & Before/After School Programs.

George said the committee is composed of more than 150 district educators and staff members, representing various disciplines and departments. Middletown Board of Education members, parents and students will also participate in school-related discussions.

“These representatives will evaluate the state guidelines and requirements released today in order to provide input and make recommendations into the district’s reopening plan,” George said. “The district will also survey our school community to collect input from all stakeholders, including students, parents and staff, to inform our decision-making before a plan is implemented.”

An update will be provided at the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, July 22.