"The first two days of the reponening was energizing. It's been a long path of doom and gloom but even on a rainy Monday everyone was given hope that better days are ahead. Smiling eyes, nervous looks, and a building that is now alive."
Newark Vocational High School
"Good thing it was raining, because tears of JOY were flowing at the sight of our kids lined up outside our school, 394 days after the schools were closed to in-person classes. Pure joy!"
Avon Avenue School
"Our reopening has brought a renewed sense of enthusiasm, excitement, and pride to our entire school community. Seeing our students, staff, and families return has been truly inspirational and showcases our district's relentless pursuit of ensuring the very best outcomes for children!"
Ridge Street School
"Hawthorne's first two days of reopening was life-giving. Considering that there were precious lives lost over the past year, to be able to stand and greet students and parents filled me with joy. Being able to see the students' faces again (eyes only because of masks), we could see their smiles through the eyes. Hearing and seeing staff interact with students, and working as a team to recreate the vibration was so needed! "The village" remains intact and the circle has not been broken."