July 23, 2020
Dear Teaneck Parents/Guardians & Students,
I hope your summer is going well and I am sure that you are wondering about our school “re-opening” plans for September. As you can see from the Governor’s announcement this week regarding an “all virtual option” (specific details on this still yet to come), the decisions regarding opening schools continues to be an evolving situation as we all strive to open schools safely.
It is important for you to know that as we make these decisions here in Teaneck, I have been seeking input from our parents and staff. In early June, we sent out a survey to our parents and received very helpful information about our remote learning. We also learned that nearly 30% of our families were strongly leaning towards not sending their children back this fall. In late June, I held a three-day meeting with my Leadership Team – which included medical professionals, principals and instructional staff – to evaluate several model options. Over the last two weeks, I have been conducting focus groups with our parents (by grade level) to review these options. I will be doing the same over the next few weeks with a select group of staff members. If you are interested in seeing the parent focus groups, please go to:
I also invite you to attend an upcoming Parent/Guardian Virtual Town Hall on August 13 at 5:30 pm (see flyer attached). Additionally, please tell your children that I am doing a separate Town Hall for “Students Only” on August 18 (see flyer attached). If you or your child have questions that are not answered in the July 29 Board presentation, you can submit your questions (by August 10) to [email protected]
Finally, please note with the Board’s approval on July 29, we plan to move the official “Opening Date for Students” to Tuesday, September 8. This will give us more time to prepare our staff of any new protocols that will begin on September 8.
I hope you will join us on Wednesday, July 29 and at the Parent/Guardian Virtual Town Hall meeting on August 13. Until then, please continue to stay safe and I will continue to keep you apprised on any new decisions including the “Opt Out” option.
Dr. Christopher Irving, Superintendent of Schools
Parents/Guardians Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, August 13th
Student Virtual Town Hall Meeting, August 18th