NJ schools will help students recover from COVID learning loss.


The New Jersey Department of Education is releasing three guidance documents to help educators and families prepare for a return to full-time in-person learning when the new school year begins in September.

Over the past 9 months, most schools have offered a combination of virtual and in-person instruction, but there has been a lot of concern and uncertainty as to what students have actually learned over the past 15 month.

In Monday’s COVID Update, held virtually, Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan said the advice given to school districts provides “a compilation of specific acceleration practices. of research-based learning, this resource is designed to help districts recover from COVID-19. “

The Ministry of Education, in their Documentation, describes acceleration of learning as “a continuous teaching process by which educators engage in formative practices to improve students’ access to and mastery of standards. “

Gov. Phil Murphy said the coming school year will present many challenges “especially in getting our students back to where we know they need to be, and in making up for the loss of learning that we know has occurred. in many areas”.

Allen-McMillian said the school councils will also serve as a comprehensive long-term framework “that anchors the districts’ academic, social and emotional interventions with the common goal of promoting global competitiveness.”

State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said the guidelines also include health and safety information and strategies to help schools reduce the risk of COVID, including “physical distancing, hand hygiene, cleaning and maintaining air circulation ”.

Allen-McMillan said schools should try to maintain physical distance between students where possible, and interventions to help social distancing should include facing desks in the same direction and avoiding group arrangements.

She stressed, however, that physical distance recommendations should not prevent a school from offering full-time in-person learning.

She also said that schools should also maintain transparent and continuous communication, where appropriate, with their staff, students and caregivers regarding school operations and health and safety information.

Persichilli noted that her department is working closely with education officials to prepare for the new school year because “it is essential that full-time and full-time face-to-face teaching resumes this fall in kindergarten in 12 classrooms. class”.

She said schools should expect to receive updated guidance regarding COVID before the start of the new school year.

The tips also include a self-assessment document to help districts ensure they are ready for a return to full-time in-person learning in the fall.

You can contact reporter David Matthau at [email protected]

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