New Jersey Education Association
Upon implementing closures, we call on all districts, with the support of other local, county and state authorities, to focus their attention on ensuring the welfare of students during the closure, beginning with implementing plans to provide meals to students who normally rely on them during the school day. Given the huge economic disruptions faced by many families and the uncertain availability of food for many of those same families, we must take extraordinary measures to protect our students during this time.
We also call on all districts to guarantee that all employees, in all job categories, continue to be paid in full for the duration any closure. That will alleviate the economic concerns of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey families and allow them to focus on protecting their health and taking whatever actions are possible to contribute to the wellbeing of our communities.
In a time of great uncertainty, with so much that cannot yet be known, our students, their families and our dedicated educators deserve the certainty of knowing that their wellbeing is being valued and protected by officials at every level of government.