N.J. school districts adjust plans to account for heat, requests for leave of absence

School districts around New Jersey are making changes to their reopening plans based on building conditions and personnel situations.

“Most classroom spaces in the Madison Public Schools are not air-conditioned,” Madison Superintendent Mark Schwarz wrote in an Aug. 17 letter, adding that fans cannot be used. Should temperatures “reach a level that makes mask-wearing unbearable,” he added, “all students will shift to full-time remote learning until temperature levels drop sufficiently.”

NJ Advance Media’s Rob Jennings has more.

Meanwhile, “a significant number of employee workplace accommodations and leave requests” in the Freehold Regional High School District will not allow for adequate staffing in buildings, so the district will begin its school year using an all-remote schedule, Superintendent Charles B. Sampson wrote in an Aug. 26 letter.

NJ Advance Media writer Chris Sheldon has more details.