Dear Summit Public Schools Community,
This school year seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye, and yet strangely at the same time, seemed like one of the longest hauls in our educational history. But here we are, at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. We made it! There’s usually a bittersweet end to every year, but saying “we made it” this school year resonates differently. I am so proud of our entire community – students, teachers, staff, administrators, the Board of Education, and the parents and families in Summit. This year could not have been as successful as it was without everyone’s support and hard work.
It is important to note how much of an impact the COVID-19 vaccines have made in our District. The number of positive cases significantly decreased in May and continue to trend in a wonderful direction. While we are anticipating details about the possible expansion of vaccine eligibility to younger children, we do understand that getting your child vaccinated against COVID-19 is a personal choice. As of now, it is not a requirement for a child to get the vaccine in order to attend public school. As a reminder, if staff members or students are vaccinated against COVID-19, they will not be required to quarantine from school or extracurriculars if they are established as a close contact to a COVID-19 case. We will continue to forward any updated guidance, should it be recommended by our local health department.
We are eager to receive guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education and align the requirements with our plans to offer in-person instruction for a full and “normal” school day for the 2021-2022 school year. Please anticipate the 2021-2022 plans to be released by the first week of August. Principals will share the details of their school based plans at that time.
After this incredibly stressful and unprecedented school year, I hope all of you enjoy a relaxing and safe summer. I also wish all of our Summit High School graduates the best of luck in their next steps, and congratulate all of them for their tremendous success in our District. Congratulations to all of our kindergarten, fifth grade, and eighth grade students for moving forward in their educational journey at Summit Public Schools. We have amazing students in our District, which makes everything we do worth it.
Scott D. Hough
Superintendent of Schools