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CNTS Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Dear Colts Neck Parent/Guardian,


In March 2021 President Biden signed the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP Act), Public Law 117-2, into law. The ARP Act provides an additional $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) to States and school districts to help safely reopen, sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s students.  As with the previous ESSER funds available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), the purpose of the additional funding is to support LEAs in preparing for and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on educators, students, and families.  Section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act requires each school district that receives ARP ESSER funds to develop and make publicly available on the its website, not later than 30 days after receiving ARP ESSER funds, a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools (Safe Return Plan).   


The Colts Neck Township Public Schools is a recipient of ARP ESSER funds and is required to submit a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (Safe Return Plan)to the New Jersey Department of Education by June 24, 2021.  As part of this process, the district is required to seek public input on its Safe Return Plan.    


An overview of the district’s Safe Return Plan will be presented during the June 16, 2021 Board of Education Meeting.  During this meeting, Public Comment on the district’s Safe Return Plan is welcomed.  In addition to this, the Safe Return Plan will be posted to the district’s website with an option for all parents/guardians and stakeholders to provide their input on the plan.  All members of our school community are welcome to provide input via the website on the district’s Safe Return Plan through July 30, 2021.           


COLTS NECK TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS PLAN FOR SAFE RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AND CONTINUITY OF SERVICES:  

As the Colts Neck Township Schools prepares and plans for the 2021-2022 school year, the district will continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of its students and staff.  The district intends for preparation and planning for September to reflect pre-pandemic operating conditions; however, during the upcoming months, the district expects to receive specific operating guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Department of Education.  After guidance is received, the district shall further review its current Safe Return Plan and revise it, as needed, prior to the commencement of the 2021-22 school year.   Please note, all items contained within the Colts Neck Township Schools Safe Return Plan are subject to change based upon future changes to or additional Executive Orders.  State, county, and local COVID trends and recommendations from health officials may also influence changes and/or additions to the district’s Safe Return Plan.   The Safe Return Plan will be reviewed and revised on or before Wednesday, August 18, 2021 to include / reflect current mandates for public schools, recommendations from local and county health officials, and input received from stakeholders.  Please also note that as the district continues to reflect upon procedural changes implemented during the 20-21 school year, we will look to identify those that had positive impacts upon efficiency or operations and consider the continuation of these practices in the 21-22 school year (i.e. drop off, pick up, etc.).  Again, these are the types of things for which we welcome your feedback/input.        


Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, the district remained flexible and responsive to COVID trends, state mandates, and recommendations from local and county health officials.  Therefore, in planning for a pre-pandemic opening of schools in September 2021, it is also important to note that the district will be prepared to implement its COVID-related screenings and protocols as needed or required.  As of today, and absent any current recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Education for September 2021, we remain both optimistic and prepared for our return in September.  


As you read through the plan, please remember that what appears in the current draft of the district’s Safe Return Plan are protocols that the district will be prepared to implement in September if conditions and/or guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education or New Jersey Department of Health require us to do so.  Please note, references to protocols and COVID-related measures identified in the current draft of the Safe Return Plan for September 2021 are continuations of protocols and COVID-related measures that were implemented during the 2020-2021 school year that the district will be prepared to implement accordingly or as required.


To review the COLTS NECK TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS PLAN FOR SAFE RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AND CONTINUITY OF SERVICES and provide input, please visit www.coltsneckschools.org .


Educationally yours,


Dr. MaryJane Garibay, 

Superintendent of Schools