Lakewood School District Releases Back To School Plan

As school districts across New Jersey grapple with how to structure their back to school plans, the Lakewood School District released a bold plan on Friday that would allow students to receive a full education, and their parents to return to work. 

The Back To School plan calls for students to have in-person instruction, five days each week. The district reached this decision following a survey of parents and community leaders which made it “astoundingly clear” that the parents of Lakewood’s students have no option but to return to work, and “the District cannot knowingly leave schools closed with children home alone.”

The Lakewood School District will be taking numerous steps to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff are in no way compromised. Some of those measures include providing face coverings and face shields for students and staff, hand sanitizers readily available throughout the buildings, temperature checks, and even Plexiglass installed on every student desk, pending approval. Social distancing will also be maintained in all classrooms to as much of an extent as possible.

On buses to and from school, students will be required to maintain social distancing. When social distancing is not practical, students will be required to wear face coverings when taking transportation to and from school.

The District has partnered with Chemed and Ocean Health Initiatives to provide Covid-19 tests to students and staff every two weeks, with measures in place for isolated or remote instruction if a student tests positive.

Lakewood School District’s plan is still “live,” meaning changes to the plan can occur if officials believe that they can take steps that will provide a safer environment to students, teachers, and other staff.

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12 COMMENTS

    • I hope the BOE’s answer to that question is NO. Why would you want to opt out of the test? You want the kids in school, and you are asking teachers to risk not only their health but also THEIR family’s health. Don’t be so selfish. You cant have it both ways. We expect teachers to take a bullet in a school shooter situation, this is like asking them to take that bullet home to their families. No untested students in school!

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