SOMSD gives information, seeks input regarding in-person education

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District’s current plan calls for in-person educational opportunities to resume Nov. 12. To gauge where district families currently stand, SOMSD is sending a revised version of the “Return to School Preference Form” sent in August. 

“We understand that some families may still be apprehensive about sending their children back to school during this pandemic,” Superintendent of Schools Ronald Taylor said. “Knowing this, the district would like to provide parents/guardians with flexibility, but also needs to plan in advance for scheduling purposes and ensure we are abiding by social distancing requirements.”

For this round of information-gathering, there will be two separate forms: one for students in eighth grade and lower, and another for Columbia High School students.

Additionally, to help families make a more informed decision regarding in-person, hybrid and all-virtual instruction, the district will hold two upcoming virtual presentations.

The virtual return-to-school academic update town hall for families with students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will be Monday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at The town hall for families with students at CHS will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at