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Newark schools reopening: What do you think about returning to classrooms?

Lafayette Street School, built in the 1840s, is the district’s oldest school. Last year, four of its ceilings collapsed.

In a previous school year, students walk in front of Lafayette Street School.

Patrick Wall

Across the country, a debate is raging about whether it’s safe to reopen schools this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has insisted that most students will return to classrooms at least part time this school year. But recently he said that could change if infections surge. 

In Newark, Superintendent Roger León has promised that classrooms will be safe for students and teachers as schools follow the latest health guidelines. The district has even started testing out the new safety measures at two summer school sites, where students and staffers are wearing face masks and desks are spaced 6 feet apart.

Meanwhile, some parents and teachers have said they’re worried about the health risks of in-person learning and plan to opt for virtual classes this fall.

Chalkbeat wants to hear from parents, students, and school staff: Do you think it’s safe to reopen school buildings? Share your thoughts and questions below.

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