Messages from the Superintendent

  • November 23, 2022 - Thanksgiving Message

    November 23, 2022 - Thanksgiving Message

    From my perspective, each Thanksgiving is an opportunity to pause, take stock, and appreciate things in our lives that deserve to be treasured. I hope you’ll agree that New Brunswick’s school district is among these. It provides an education to our young people, careers to our faculty and staff, and is a source of community spirit for our entire city.

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  • Opening of School Message from the Superintendent

    August 25, 2022 - Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year

    It is with excitement that I welcome you back to a new school year! This is an exciting time for all of us - students, families, teachers, administrators, and staff alike - and we are focused on further improving the educational experience of all of our students through high-quality instruction and support.  The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, 2022, and will be an early dismissal day for students as well as Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

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  • July 8, 2022 - Message from the Superintendent: Mast Mandate & Safety Protocols Update

    July 8, 2022 - Message from the Superintendent: Mask Mandate & Safety Protocols Update

    Effective Monday, July 11, 2022, New Brunswick Public Schools will make it optional for all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks while indoors. While wearing masks indoors will be optional, please note that it remains strongly encouraged. Schools will continue to have access to a supply of masks, which will be supplied as needed.

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  • May 24, 2022- Message from Superintendent on Uvalde, Texas incident

    May 24, 2022- Message from Superintendent on Uvalde, Texas incident

    In light of the senseless event that took place in Uvalde, Texas, our school district has made counselors available for all students and staff.  We've also further enhanced security measures at all our facilities and will do everything in our power to keep our entire school district community safe. 

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  • May 13, 2022 - Message from the Superintendent: Mast Mandate & Safety Protocols Update

    May 13, 2022 - Message from the Superintendent: Mask Mandate & Safety Protocols Update

    Effective Monday, May 16, 2022, New Brunswick Public Schools will reinstate mandatory mask wearing for all students, staff, and visitors while indoors. The rise in the  COVID-19 activity level for our region which considers variables such as the current number of COVID-19 cases, number of hospitalizations, and capacity levels in area hospitals, is now “HIGH.”

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  • Message from the Superintendent: Mast Mandate & Safety Protocols Update

    April 29, 2022 - Message from the Superintendent: Mast Mandate & Safety Protocols Update

    As a follow-up to our March 1st communication, we are continuing to monitor COVID-19 activity level, which considers variables such as current number of COVID-19 cases, number of hospitalizations, and capacity levels in area hospitals.  After discussions  with our health professionals and our board of education members, effective Monday, May 2, 2022, New Brunswick Public Schools will make it optional for all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks while indoors.

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  • Message from the Superintendent: Mask Mandate & Safety Protocols Update

    March 1, 2022 - Message from the Superintendent: Mask Mandate & Safety Protocols Update

    After surveying our students, parents, district staff, and community members, reviewing the COVID-19 activity level in our region (moderate), and having several discussions with the board of education members, community partners, and our medical consultants, New Brunswick Public Schools will continue requiring all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks while indoors. Our plan is to take a measured approach by relaxing some mitigation strategies currently in place and then revisit the mask mandate when we return from spring break.

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  •  Message from the Superintendent on Black History Month

    February 4, 2022 - Message from the Superintendent: Black History Month

    This year, Black History Month emphasizes a theme of health and wellness, which is especially relevant given the ongoing pandemic. I believe the experiences of the COVID pandemic highlights the need to take an active role in maintaining and safeguarding our health. This is particularly true for Blacks, who have been historically underserved in terms of healthcare. Data suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has a disproportionate impact on people of color.

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  • 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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