Messages from the Superintendent

  • Message from the Superintendent

    January 14, 2022 - Return to In-person Instruction on Tuesday, January 18th

    We look forward to welcoming our students back to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. During the past month, there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide due to the Delta and Omicron variants. As we continue to live through this ever-changing pandemic, we are committed to keeping our schools safe and open for in-person instruction.

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  • Message from the Superintendent regarding virtual instruction

    December 28, 2021 - COVID-19 Update: Virtual Instruction Effective Monday, January 3, 2022

    As a precautionary measure we are returning to virtual instruction for two weeks, effective Monday, January 3, 2022, with an anticipated return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

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  •  Message from the Superintendent

    December 23, 2021 - Holiday Message from the Superintendent

    I don’t believe there’s ever before been a holiday break as timely as the one we are about to enjoy. We are suddenly facing a rapid upswing in the pandemic, we have been navigating various challenges stemming from students’ use and misuse of social media platforms, and we have consistently needed to guide children who feel overwhelmed by these confusing times. If ever our faculty, staff, and administrators needed several days to step away, it’s right now.

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  • Revised First Day of School for Students

    Revised First Day of School for Students

    As a result of the extreme rain and resultant flooding our city is experiencing, we’re forced to make adjustments related to the beginning of our school year. Specifically, our teachers and staff will return to their buildings on Wednesday, September 8, while the first day for students will now be Thursday, September 9.

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  •  Opening of School Message from the Superintendent

    August 27, 2021 - Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year (Revised 9/2/2021)

    Welcome to the new school year! All of our students, teachers, staff and families deserve recognition for their perseverance during a remarkably difficult time. There is no doubt our students were able to successfully continue their educational journeys due to the tremendous support from the people who live with, care for, and teach them. As I prepare to open the doors to all our school buildings, please know that each of you are an inspiration to me.

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  •  Welcome Back Staff!

    August 26, 2021 - Welcome Back Staff!

    A new school year is here, and it once again finds all of us breaking new ground. As individuals, you have made the difference that enables our students to persevere and continue moving forward in their educational journeys even under truly difficult circumstances. Your hard work, creativity, and passion have and continue to be essential.

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  • Superintendent's 20-21 End-of-Year Remarks

    Superintendent's 20-21 End-of-Year Remarks

    I generally enjoy sharing end-of-the-year remarks just prior to the summer break. And this school year will be no exception, despite 2020-21 having been exceptional in every other way.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    January 15, 2021 — Re-entry Update Letter

    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.

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  • Listen to the podcast by City Hall!

    Superintendent of Schools Gives Update in City Podcast

    Dr. Johnson was featured in the "New Brunswick COVID-19 Report" podcast published by City Hall on October 9, 2020. The regularly updated podcast is made available by Mayor James Cahill and Public Information Officer Bert Baron. Listen to the informative update at www.cityofnewbrunswick.org/podcasts

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  • Message from Superintendent

    September 2, 2020 — Welcome to New School Year

    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.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    August 28, 2020 — Welcome Back Staff!

    We are serving in an environment that is changing daily, which is impacted by many moving parts. Let’s remember that whether the day is challenging or smooth, we will come through this together and we all are part of the New Brunswick Public Schools team.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    August 13, 2020 — Virtual Learning Start for the School Year

    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.

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  • Re-entry plans

    July 23, 2020 — School Re-entry Plan

    Our district re-entry committees have been working diligently to construct a learning plan that includes both in-person and virtual instruction (hybrid model) for all students and staff for this upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

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  • Reopening Plans

    June 30, 2020 — Update on Reopening Plans

    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. 🧼

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    June 23, 2020 — End of Year Message

    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.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    June 1, 2020 — Message in Regards to the Death of George Floyd

    As educators, it is important that we understand the complexity of our reality and that of our students. It is important to teach our students the history behind their identity, the language behind their culture, and the geography from where they came. It is important to allow open conversations with the understanding that black and brown students may experience and interpret issues differently.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    May 4, 2020 — Announcement on the Closure of Schools

    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.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    March 20, 2020 — Extended Closure Due to COVID-19

    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.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    March 16, 2020 — COVID-19 Status Update

    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.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    March 13, 2020 — Schools Closed for One Week

    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.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    March 12, 2020 — Schools Closed Tomorrow

    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.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    December 23, 2019 — Happy Holidays

    Sometimes, offering a simple “Thank you” never seems sufficient. Our work can be demanding-- at times stressful-- but rewarding and gratifying when we recognize the benefits of the work we do everyday. We thank you for all that you do and are appreciative of everyone’s collective enthusiasm to prepare, empower and inspire our students. Let’s re-energize for the new year and continue to do impactful work in New Brunswick Public Schools.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    September 4, 2019 — Excitement for an Amazing Year

    I would like to welcome our school community to the 2019-2020 school year! September is always full of excitement as students return to school to embark on learning experiences that will shape their future. Principals, teachers, nurses, counselors, food service staff, security and crossing guards, and the rest of the support staff are ready to welcome back all our students.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    June 26, 2019 — End of Year Reflection

    Let’s look back through days, months, and even years and give ourselves a pat on the back. What we do as educators and other school district employees is extremely challenging. Without our individual and collective efforts and expertise and support from parents, our students would have little access to the knowledge necessary for building successful, fulfilling lives. I encourage you to make the most of your time away from school. You’ve certainly earned it.

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  • May 10, 2019 — Teacher Appreciation

    May 10, 2019 — Teacher Appreciation

    We want to personally thank the teachers for their dedication and commitment to educating all children. We know that teaching can become quite challenging, but we know that we have the best teachers that will provide the optimal learning environment for our students to succeed. Thank you, teachers, for everything you do to make the New Brunswick School District a better place every day of the year.

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