To understand the thoughts, questions, and concerns of the Newark community about starting school in September, Newark Trust for Education hosted an online conversation on ThoughtExchange. The views of ALL community members – with or without school-aged children – were captured because all voices are essential to this discussion. The feedback gathered via ThoughtExchange will be made public during a virtual town hall scheduled for Tuesday, September 1st, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

This is your opportunity to hear what Newark has to say.

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The Trust will also formally share this information with District and Charter leadership across Newark.

What Respondents Are Saying:

Parents should be able to opt-out of sending their children into the schools It’s their right by law! [Rated 4.3, Ranked #1 of 232]

Every school (NPS, charter, and Essex County Schools) aren't on the same page. This is important because I have children of varying ages. I can't ensure the prompt arrival of each child. Hybrid schedules vary. [Rated 4.2, Ranked #7 of 232]

Due to the situation with the Pandemic, I don't feel that schools should open yet. This could put the children at risk as well as the staff's children. It is important to protect our children and placing them back into the classroom and no control of Covid-19 will place them in harm's way. [Rated 4.2, Ranked #11 of 232]

Each school should have weekly parent concern meetings on zoom or web ex. It's important because our students can get lost in this new remote learning [Rated 4.1, Ranked #16 of 232]


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NEW YORK (WABC) -- The 2020 school year will be unlike any other. Following the sudden shift to remote learning at the end of last academic year, COVID-19 has forced administrators, teachers, parents, and students to adapt. abc7NY's Back to School Town Hall is bringing experts together from New York City and across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to answer your questions such as how to help your child excel in a remote classroom, understanding what students need to do if attending in-class instruction to stay safe, and what questions should you ask about your schools remote learning plan. Panelists include: 

  • Dr. Jennifer Ashton - ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent
  • Dr. Victor Fornari: Chief of Division - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Ronald Chaluisán - Executive Director of the Newark Trust for Education

When: Thursday, August 27th @ 5:00pm

Click here to submit questions for the experts.