We're All In This Together


December 29, 2021

Dear Staff,

We are regularly monitoring the COVID-19 reported cases in the State, Essex County and within the communities we serve. As of today, the COVID-19 activity level for our region (Northeast Region) is high, and within the next couple weeks we anticipate an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta and Omicron variants.


As a precautionary measure we will continue with virtual instruction for all ERESC schools’ students for two weeks, effective Monday, January 3, 2022, with an anticipated return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. In keeping with the requirements of our Public Health-Related Virtual / Remote Instruction Plan, school leaders will provide information related to daily instruction, student attendance, and all other needs regarding learning from home.


All ERESC schools’ staff members are required to return in-person on Monday January 3, 2022. If you are unvaccinated, you are required to submit a negative PCR test result no later than 12 pm on 01/02/2022. Should any staff members experience COVID-compatible symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19, they must follow Commission policy and CDC guidelines on quarantining/isolation and/or exclusion. In the event a staff member becomes ill and suspects that he/she may have contracted another communicable illness, it is recommended that they consult with a health professional.


As a reminder, health officials warn people to stay away from shopping malls, community centers and other places where large groups gather since the virus is easily spread from person-to-person. I appreciate all that you have done to continue to promote a culture of teaching and learning during this difficult time.


For updated information on coronavirus, visit the New Jersey Department of Health website at https://www.nj.gov/health/.



Dr. Laurie W. Newell, Superintendent

For families of children requiring access to meal services (breakfast, lunch) during school closures, please see the listings below of links to food providers in your area. 

Additional Resources For Staff and Parents

NJDOL has created new web pages and printable guides to help Garden State workers and businesses/employers get info on their rights, protections & resources during this unprecedented #coronavirus pandemic.