Frequently Asked Questions
Our goal is to provide you and your family with as much information and resources as possible to support the health and safety of our team and family. Below, you’ll find the answers to a number of questions you may have related to the 2021-22 school year. We will be updating these FAQs throughout the year.
Can our family still choose virtual instruction?
In compliance with a mandate from Governor Murphy, we will not be offering a virtual learning option for students.
What safety measures are in place?
- Ventilation: All KIPP New Jersey campuses have had their ventilation systems evaluated and updated—including adding additional filters and air purifiers. We will also – weather permitting- ensure that windows and doors are opened to encourage air flow.
- Mask wearing: As of April 4th, masks are optional for staff and students when indoors. We will continue to reassess the situation throughout the spring and summer in case the health situation changes.
- Contact Tracing: The CDC updated its COVID-19 guidance and now recommends that health departments deprioritize contact tracing. As a result of this change, we will send a notification to the entire classroom or grade if there is a positive case, instruct families to monitor for symptoms, and encourage them to get tested.
If my student tests positive for COVID-19, what academic support is available?
Students can join school remotely if they feel well enough to do so. Students will be marked present for any days they attend virtually by logging into classes via Zoom and absent for any days they do not attend virtually via Zoom. It is important to note that this option is not available unless a student is quarantined because of a positive test or a close contact. This is in agreement with the NJ state mandate for in-person instruction. In all other cases where a student is not present for school, unfortunately, they will be marked absent. Chromebooks will be loaned to students who need them for the duration of their quarantine.
Are students required to be vaccinated?
At this time vaccinations will not be required for eligible students; however, this policy is subject to change if there is new guidance from health or government officials. Vaccination is the most important weapon we have to mitigate the virus’s surge. We therefore strongly encourage our staff members, students, and families to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is available and free for all individuals age 5 and over.
Will my school continue to provide meals to students?
Yes, we are committed to providing students with meals. Please head to our Newark nutrition pages to learn more about locations for food distribution and what we offer.
Will extracurricular activities continue?
We will resume sports, extracurriculars, and events where possible, in accordance with CDC, NJDOH, and NJSIAA standards.