Schools in New Jersey were closed in mid-March and required to teach by remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. They had little or no time to prepare for the unprecedented change in their routines. But, staying at home is now the new normal for educators and students, most of whom are reported to have quickly adapted to remote learning.
Overseeing and advising on the new paradigm for education in the Garden State are Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet and senior members of DOH staff. In the second in a series of virtual roundtables hosted by NJ Spotlight and NJTV News, and with the state-mandated lockdown showing no sign of ending soon, Repollet and two of his top staff discussed important questions facing schools — and the department. They also expanded on DOH guidance concerning New Jersey’s fast-evolving educational landscape. The virtual roundtable (School’s Out: Education Commissioner Repollet on the State’s Role During COVID-19) took place on Tuesday, April 7.
Dr. Lamont O. Repollet, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education
AbdulSaleem Hasan, Assistant Commissioner, Field Services, New Jersey Department of Education
Dr. Linda P. Eno, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Academics and Performance New Jersey Department of Education
John Mooney, NJ Spotlight Founding Editor and Education Reporter