At Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, the health and safety of our school community is our priority. Please see below for a brief summary of what to expect for next school year. As we receive guidance from the CDC and local health officials, we will also continue to update our preparations and safety measures.
School Days - All GOLCS students will be in school in person 5 days per week. As per NJ state guidelines, there will not be a remote option for students.
Masks - Wearing masks is an important prevention strategy to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially when combined with everyday preventive actions and social distancing. While recent CDC recommendations have indicated that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks, GOLCS is implementing a 60 day mask policy for all staff and students to ensure a safe return to school. At or near the end of the 60 day period, prior to September 30th, we will provide additional guidance regarding mask-wearing going forward.
Facilities - Classrooms and buses will operate at full capacity as per new CDC guidelines. GOLCS will clean all buildings once a day to remove any potential virus from surfaces.
School Activities - We will resume sports, extracurriculars, and events where possible, in accordance with CDC, NJDOH, and NJSIAA standards.
COVID-19 vaccines are widely available across the state of New Jersey at healthcare providers and national pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS.
If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, head to the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder site.
Earlier this year, Great Oaks Legacy Charter School hosted a panel in partnership with Project Ready, where local medical professionals fielded questions on the vaccine’s development, safety, distribution, and much more. Head here to watch the panel.
Additionally we wanted to highlight these resources available to the public:
- 5 Facts to know about the COVID-19 Vaccines.
- Click here to learn more about getting vaccinated without health insurance. You do not need to have health insurance to get the vaccine.
- Johns Hopkins Medicine’s breakdown of myths/facts surrounding the vaccines.
- COVID-19 and the Vaccine for Communities of Color Webinar: An in-depth panel discussion with audience questions addressing concerns related to the vaccine options available to the public. Hosted by ABC’s Darla Miles, the panel includes Dr. Karma Warren, Dr. Pierre Vigilance, and Dr. Wayne Riley.
Frequently Asked Questions
As you know, COVID-19 safety precautions continue to be top of mind as we enter the new school year. We want to share as much information with you as possible as you prepare for in person learning. We hope this FAQ’s repository will help illustrate how seriously we take COVID-19 safety, and the ways in which we will protect our school community. If you have questions, please reach out to your Campus Director or main office.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation in our community regarding COVID-19 and will respond accordingly to state and local recommendations. We will be updating these FAQs throughout the year and in advance of reopening in-person instruction.
When will our schools fully re-open for in-person instruction?
All GOLCS students in all grades will return to full-time, in-person instruction on August 9, 2021.
Can our family still choose virtual instruction in August of 2021?
In compliance with a mandate from Governor Murphy and the state of New Jersey, schools will not offer a virtual learning option for students.
What safety measures will be in place this fall?
Masks will continue to be required for all students and staff. Wearing masks is an important prevention strategy to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially when combined with everyday preventive actions and social distancing.
As recommended by the state and CDC, where possible, we will maintain 3 feet of distance among staff and students. Masks, physical barriers, and other safety measures will be utilized in instances where it is not possible to maintain 3 feet of distance. GOLCS will clean all buildings once a day to remove any potential virus from surfaces, and temperature checks will be required for students and staff before entering a GOLCS building.
Will eligible students be required to receive the vaccine prior to the start of the school year?
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. We encourage eligible students who are still considering getting the vaccine to do so prior to the start of the school year.
Will my school continue to provide meals to students?
Yes, we are committed to providing students with meals.
Will extracurricular activities continue?
We will resume sports, extracurriculars, and events where possible, in accordance with CDC, NJDOH, and NJSIAA standards.