March 17, 2020 — Closure Guide for Parents


March 17, 2020

Dear New Brunswick Public Schools Parents, 

As part of our plan to maintain the continuity of teaching and learning, we have moved to our remote learning instruction plan. 

Daily Instruction for Students

Grades K-2 - Students in grades K-2 were provided with printed assignments and these were sent home via backpacks. These activities are to be utilized by families to provide opportunities for learning from home. In the event that you need additional activities for your K-2 student, a supplemental At Home Learning Guide has been created for parents.  

Grades 3-12 - All students in grades 3-12 were provided with Chromebooks with wifi access and will continue to use Google Classroom, a platform designed for online learning that is familiar to our students. Additionally, copies of work packets were sent home with High School students to supplement their online learning. All students are responsible to complete their assignments and will receive grades for their work.

Student Attendance

It is important that students complete all assigned work either in Google Classroom or in their packets, as this will be used to determine attendance during remote instruction. If a student is going to be absent for the day and unable to participate in online learning, please email your child’s teacher or call the main office of your child’s school and leave a message.  If you need a computer for your student who is in grades 3-12 to complete eLearning, or if you need a copy of your student’s work, please contact the main office of the school your child attends before Wednesday, March 18th at 11:00 AM.  

Learning from Home

Research from the Vanderbilt Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning shows that providing structure through a daily schedule allows children to feel secure and raises levels of engagement.   Below you will find a suggested student schedule. Please remember that the routine and schedule may need to be adjusted over time as you better understand the learning expectations and how your child/children learn best. Additionally, refer to our district resource titled, “Activities Beyond Technology” in English and Spanish with ideas to enhance learning, fitness, and wellness at home. 

Sample New Brunswick Student Schedule



Suggested Activities

8:30 - 9:00am

Morning Routine

Wake up, eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, brush your teeth, etc.

9:00 - 9:30am


Take a walk with your family, stream a yoga/dance class, practice your sport

9:30 - 11:00am

Academic Time

Use online teacher support as needed

11:00am - 12:00pm


Go to the park to get your lunch

12:00 - 1:00pm

Academic Time

Use online teacher support as needed

1:00 - 1:30pm


Take a walk with your family, stream a yoga/dance class, practice your sport

1:30 - 2:30pm

Creative Time

Legos, drawing, crafting, music, cooking, etc

2:30 - 3:30pm

Quiet Time

Independent Reading, Homework, Puzzles, Board Games etc.


Support for Parents and Students

Should you have any questions, the following supports have been put in place for our families:

  • Resources for parents and staff have been provided via a one-click button on the district website ( to ensure that families have the most up-to-date information regarding instruction. 
  • Principals will be checking their main office voicemail each day should you have any questions. 
  • For any questions related to daily instruction, teachers, counselors, and other staff members will be checking email each day.
  • In the event that you require assistance with your child’s district-issued Chromebook, complete the technology work order form located on both the parent and student page of the district website.


Keira Scussa
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction


View a printable version of this letter in English and Spanish in Google Drive.