NJEA President Marie Blistan praised the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) for their call to put student and staff safety first as school districts grapple with preparing for the start of school year unlike any other. In an op-ed titled Why New Jersey Should Decide Right Now to Start the School Year with Statewide Remote Learning Pat Wright, Executive Director of NJPSA, the organization representing more than 6500 school administrators calls, for schools to open remotely in September.
“This is an important statement from the people who, alongside NJEA members, are charged with ensuring the safe operation of every school building in New Jersey. Despite every effort to find ways to bring students safely into school, they have concluded that the only safe way to open school this fall is to begin remotely. New Jersey should heed their warning that our schools lack the resources, the guidance and the preparation time needed to ensure that our schools are safe enough for the students we all care so deeply about. I’ve raised those same issues many times, and I’m glad the education community is united in our determination to safely educate our students this fall.”