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NJ School Reopening and Labor Issues

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School boards, superintendents and teachers spent much of the spring and summer of 2020 waiting to see if, how and when New Jersey’s schools would reopen.  We are now several weeks into the school year, and schools have taken different approaches to reopening using plans approved by the State Department of Education.  Some schools are fully remote, meaning the teachers are not expected to report to school to teach and the students remain home for instruction on their computers.  Other districts have adopted a hybrid approach of both remote and in-person learning.  Athletics and extracurriculars have been affected, and are under constant threat of stoppage.  The fact is that New Jersey schools have never seen anything like this before.  Uncertainty and new conditions create labor unrest and disputes.  Our panel consisting of Board attorney David Rubin and NJEA Research Director Denise Policastro will tackle the most significant new issues faced for the first time in the 2020-2021 school year and provide their insights as to how labor relations and the educational mission will be affected as a result.


  1. David Rubin, Esq. (Management attorney) –
  2. Denise Policastro, NJEA, Director Research and Economics Division

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