District Device Depot
A centralized location has been designated for students and staff to bring their damaged or broken New Brunswick Public Schools devices and have them repaired.
Device Depot for Replacement of Devices:
Location: New Brunswick Middle School – Front Entrance Lobby
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm on Thursdays, starting March 26th
- Device does not power on.
- Screen is broken, cracked, or does not display.
- Keyboard does not function
- Mouse does not function
- Replacement charger
- WIFI Connectivity (Please also refer to the following document: NBPS Chromebook WIFI Troubleshooting - 2020-03
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.
Student Meal Distribution
New Brunswick Public Schools will be providing meals to students two (2) times a week during this time of extended closure.
On Tuesdays, the district will provide multiple breakfast and lunch meals for students to last through Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
On Fridays, the school district will distribute breakfast and lunch meals for students to last for that Friday and the following Monday.
These meals will be provided twice a week from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the following locations:
- Archibald Park (located by McKinley Community School)
- Kossuth Park (located near Lincoln Elementary School)
- Murphy Park (located by Woodrow Wilson Elementary School)
- Feaster Park (located by Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts)
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.
Prevention is important
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. 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.
Educational Continuity Links
Given the continued threat of the COVID-19 outbreak, the State of New Jersey has cancelled all statewide student assessments for the Spring 2020 testing window.
As a precautionary measure all schools will remain closed until further notice in order to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Because the virus is easily spread from person-to-person, it is unsafe for large groups of people to gather.
Since we’ll be working with our students remotely, I presume everyone involved will have a fascinating educational experience. We will continue to do exactly what we are supposed to do as educators - push boundaries for our students. Teaching and learning shouldn’t stop just because the school buildings are temporarily closed.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing New Brunswick Public Schools effective Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the impact of the virus and decide whether schools will be opened or remain closed on a weekly basis.
We are taking precautionary measures and closing our schools tomorrow, Friday, March 13th. At this time, we have no confirmed cases however the situation is changing daily. As a precaution, schools will be closed tomorrow to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and for continued cleaning.
In the event that New Brunswick Public Schools have to close for an extended period of time, due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have developed a plan to ensure teaching and learning will continue at home.
Our goal is to keep the community safe from coronavirus (COVID 19). Therefore, be advised that parent/teacher
conferences scheduled for March 18th, 19th and 20th are canceled, students still will have early dismissal as
scheduled. Teachers should be scheduling telephone or electronic conferences with parents during these days.
Plan for New Brunswick Public Schools
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues spreading throughout the United States with new cases recently confirmed in New Jersey.
Given this evolving situation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Jersey Department of Education, New Jersey Department of Health, Middlesex County Public Health Department and the City of New Brunswick continue to monitor all developments related to the COVID-19. School districts have been asked to plan and prepare for the possibility of community-level outbreaks.
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.
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.
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:
Out of District Students
While New Brunswick Public Schools is closed for precaution, parents of students who attend schools outside of our district but live in New Brunswick should find out their school's operating status. Our Transportation Department continues to operate and can be contacted for any questions or concerns:
(732) 745-5300, ext. 5370
Transportation Support Specialist
(732) 745-5300, ext. 5371