Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

NJ Globe – Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sens. Teresa Ruiz and Sam Thompson announced the formation of an education task force that will seek to overcome remote-learning hurdles created by the COVID-19 crisis.

“During this unprecedented crisis, we cannot wait to address how to best serve students and families during such a disruption,” said Ruiz, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. “We must act now to ensure that the supports — academic, social emotional and technological — are in place to allow all students and families to emerge from this crisis as best they can.”

Officials in the state are concerned that swaths of students now forced to attend school at home do not have internet connections or digital devices needed for Remote learning.

A survey found that as many as 30% of Camden students have access to resources needed for remote learning at home.

“Individual districts, classes, and families have discovered what works and what doesn’t over the last few weeks, and they’ve also identified gaps in resources and support that need to be filled,” Thompson said. “Our taskforce will help us to bring all of this information together to improve our remote learning capabilities statewide. We certainly hope our students can return to their classrooms quickly, but we must prepare for the possibility that this crisis will be prolonged or repeated at some point in the future.”

District Offices

Gloucester County

Kingsway Commons
935 Kings Highway, Suite 400
West Deptford, NJ 08086
Phone: (856) 251-9801
Fax: (856) 251-9752

Salem/Cumberland Counties

The Finlaw Building
199 East Broadway, Suite G
Salem, NJ 08079
Phone: (856) 339-0808 or
             (856) 455-1011
Fax: (856) 339-9626