The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know, Governor Murphy made an announcement over a week ago regarding the reopening of schools and what that might look like in September. The Governor and Commissioner of Education indicated that each local school district in New Jersey would be provided with a copy of "The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education" and from there have approximately thirty days to design their own local plans. We have received this document.

There are broad-based health and wellness parameters that every district needs to follow and meet. While each district's plan will look different due to a variety of variables, it is certain that all plans will need to strike a balance between onsite traditional learning and remote learning.

The document, "The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education" did clarify some questions but not all. It is such a broad framework. It does not indicate which potential option for opening is most recommend or if the Governor has any intention of closing schools again in September.

The Hoboken Public School District will be prepared regardless. We are exploring every possible option and designing comprehensive plans for each. I want to make it very clear that we have not completed these plans as of yet and we certainly have not selected one. If we have the ability to open safely either using a full day, traditional onsite model or a 50% capacity onsite model, we will do so. And, if that is the case, we will be as flexible as possible by providing families the choice of selecting the onsite model that we implement or selecting to stay on a remote learning model. That flexibility is not being discussed in many other districts, but I do feel it is critical to provide families with an option that is most comfortable.

We are also redesigning our remote learning model. We are committed to capitalizing on elements that we identified as in need of improvement between March and June and maintaining the many elements that worked well.

All plans must be submitted to the New Jersey Department of Education, 30 days prior to the first planning opening day of school. That means that all districts are knee deep in planning right now. My goal is to have another survey go out to all families between July 18th and July 27th and publish our completed plan with our options by July 28th or shortly thereafter.

In closing, I ask that you please refrain from speculating or taking information provided by anyone other than me and taking to social media. All that does is muddy the water. Remember, if information is spoken or written about the opening of school plans by anyone but me, it's probably not accurate. I would much rather you give me a call or email me any questions you may have and I will do my best to answer as quickly as possible.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and partnership.


Superintendent Johnson

Hoboken Public Schools - A District Dedicated to Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

Our Vision

The Hoboken Public School District will be recognized as a premier educational choice and widely known as a best-practice model for academic growth, high quality instruction, innovative and equitable programs, engagement, facilities and personalized pathways that are essential for college, career and life-preparedness in our ever-changing, interconnected global society.

Our Mission

The Hoboken Public School District will prepare confident and resilient graduates who value academic achievement, embrace challenge, honor diversity, appreciate collaboration, and respectfully contribute to their local and wider communities.

Our District Goals

The Hoboken Public School District will implement a rigorous, relevant and responsive curriculum that meets the needs of all students, fosters personalized pathways for learning, and ensures continuous academic growth.

The Hoboken Public School District will support its diverse staff in professional growth, encourage them to serve as role models, and empower them to provide the highest quality of instruction for our students.

The Hoboken Public School District will develop and implement unique and innovative programs that promote global learning, ensure equitable access, and foster the social, emotional and academic growth of each student.

The Hoboken Public School District will engage and communicate with families and the wider community to bridge understanding and advance partnerships.

The Hoboken Public School District will operate well-maintained and safe facilities that respond to our growing student enrollment, support our academic and co-curricular programs, and promote pride across the city.