WARREN, NJ – The Watchung Hills Board of Education at its last meeting had a full work session agenda, however, a few board members and the acting superintendent addressed a 100 percent return to school in the fall and the possibility of interested students returning five days a week in the fourth marking period. A committee is currently exploring options of how to accommodate certain classes because some have many more students than others and some need specialized classrooms, like labs, foods, etc. And they said parents and students would soon be surveyed.
Board member Bob Morrison said,” I want to reiterate what we’ve been saying in the last few board meetings. There isn’t anyone, on this board, or administration or on our faculty for that matter that does not want our students back full time. We all want our students back full time.”
He went on to say regarding the hybrid model, “we all agree that this is not even close to ideal and we’re doing everything we can to work our way back …. there is a committee working on this and we trust them to do the work, get the guidance from the state and from our health official. Some of the challenges we have is the information that comes from the state, and the conflicting information that comes from the state. We went through this last year with graduation. Every week it was another tale of what we could and could not do with graduation. And the unfortunate victims of this were the students and the parents. And we were stuck in the middle guided by what the governor’s office was telling us. As we move forward, we’re trying to find the best way possible to get as many students back into school and as many student experiences back for them so they can enjoy the remaining time they have with this school year. …That said, our goal is to be back 100 percent functioning for the beginning of the school year and if we can get closer to that this year we’re fully committed to doing it.”