Prevention is important
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV.
- Facemask should be used by people who show symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
Mental Health Resources
We understand that this health concern does not only affect people physically, but it may also cause some anxiety. Below are some resources to support those who may need it.
WARM LINE by the NJ Department of Human Services
For individuals experiencing uncertainty or anxiety. Call (877) 294-HELP, (866) 202-HELP, (877) 294-4356
NJ 2-1-1 Website
NJ 2-1-1 (https://www.nj211.org/) has been launched to assist with handling COVID-19 calls from NJ residents. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive live text assistance and to stay informed.
During this hectic time, it is normal to feel worried or anxious about a child's education. If you wish to get in contact with your child's teacher, their email is in email@example.com format and can be reached from any email address. All district staff, including school principals, can be contacted this way.
This is a very serious issue that we're facing and it is only customary that our health safety initiatives during this time are led by:
Marilyn B. Crawford, MPA, BS, RN
For general district inquiries or other questions, you may contact:
Educational Continuity Links
The District will continue to work closely with public health officials and follow all federal, state, and local health guidelines to ensure the safety of our school community. If conditions worsen, we will employ more stringent strategies to protect the health of our students, families, and staff.
Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, staff, families, the entire community, and we hope to be in our classrooms and offices soon. Further, our priority continues to be the intellectual and social development of our students and staff.
Specific details about individual student schedules, the structure of the all-virtual school day and additional professional learning are in development and will be announced as quickly as possible.
Following guidelines from the NJ Department of Education, we've been been preparing reopening plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Please view the letter from Superintendent Johnson for an update on focal points to safely enter schools. 🧼
Each and every one of us employed by New Brunswick Public Schools, more than 2,000 in all, were engaged in a daunting and remarkable undertaking. We did not know what to expect, at least in the beginning, and much of what we did from March through June 22 was developed along the way. We strategized, we improvised, and we persevered.
Governor Murphy has announced that schools in the state of New Jersey will be closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Although we will not be able to physically see each other, we will continue to provide remote learning experiences for our students and district staff, using our online platforms.
It is no doubt that the past couple of weeks have been both a challenge and a learning experience for us all. I’d like to thank each and every one of you on behalf of the New Brunswick Board of Education for your hard work and dedication to our families.
Free Altice Advantage Internet for Student Families
In response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, Altice USA has taken several steps to ensure that Americans within the communities we serve have reliable access to high-speed broadband connectivity to keep them connected to the people, information, and resources they rely on.
Altice USA is committed to helping schools and students stay connected during this unprecedented time. For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access, we are offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint.
Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, eligible households interested in this solution can call (866) 200-9522 to enroll in the Optimum region.
To report COVID positive cases/close contacts in your household after school hours, weekends and holidays, please call 732-444-8187
Questions? Call the hotline
The State of New Jersey has provided a public call center for this ongoing crisis. If you have general COVID-19 questions, call the public call center at:
or 1-800-962-1253 if in New Jersey
but using an out of state cell phone.
Trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about coronavirus. The call is free.
Plan for New Brunswick Public Schools
The Pandemic Crisis Preparedness Plan is an addendum to the District’s Emergency Plan. It includes specific steps to address the unique challenges that are rapidly unfolding. There are four phases of emergency planning included in this pandemic plan: planning, coordination and evaluation; communications planning; continuity of student learning and operations; infection control policies and procedures. The plan also identifies legal authorities and organizational structures that facilitate pandemic response activities.
No Place for Hate
It's extremely important to remember that novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Misinformation about COVID-19 can create fear and hostility that harms people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy.