Schools in the Diocese of Metuchen are in a position to quickly pivot as circumstances necessitate as students begin the 2020-21 school year.
Anthony P. Kearns III, Esq., spokesperson and chancellor for the Diocese of Metuchen said each school’s plan for reopening differ slightly, however, the schools are offering in-person instruction, with a virtual learning option.
There was no universal start date for the Catholic schools in the diocese. Some started before the Labor Day weekend and some started this week. The 27 Catholic schools around the four-county diocese in Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren are still enrolling for the fall.
All schools were ordered to close on March 18 through Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order in efforts to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak. All schools had moved to remote learning for the remaining of the 2019-20 school year.
Kearns said each school worked with a task force of administrators, parents and teachers to finalize individual plans for the 2020-21 school year. The plans address the principles of safety and health, technology, Catholic identity, curriculum and assessment, and the way in which they will maintain their school communities.
“The guiding principle for reopening is and will remain the safety and well-being of each of our students,” he said.
For more information visit diometuchen.org/schools.