In accordance with Gov. Phil Murphy’s joint-advisory with New York and Connecticut, we ask families traveling to and from the following states to voluntarily quarantine for 14-days before arriving on Oak Knoll’s campus. Please be advised that this list will continue to be updated:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wisconsin

*Updated Aug. 11, 2020

Reopening of School

Oak Knoll is committed to returning to campus in a safe and appropriate manner in accordance with local, state and national guidelines. As has been the case throughout the entire COVID-19 crisis, we have diligently followed CDC guidelines and adapted our programming to ensure the safety and security of our entire school community. In May 2020, Head of School Timothy J. Saburn appointed a Reopening of School Task Force to develop plans for children to return to campus in September 2020. In coordination with the school’s counsel and doctor, the Task Force is made up of representatives from both school divisions and each department. It is the desire of the school to update this page as more information becomes available so that the community can be as informed as possible.

Upper School Reopening Resources

Lower School Reopening Resources

a link to the reopening of school podcast

FAQs

Timothy J. Saburn
Head of School

Patricia Butler
Special Events Coordinator

Kimberly Connolly
Associate Director of Technology Innovation

Alicia Grimes
Lower School Reading/Language Arts/Math/Social Studies/Science/Religion Teacher

Kelly Hartmann
Lower School Physical Education/Dance/Health Teacher

Meghan Hodgin
Director of Marketing and Communications

Tony Iazzetti
Director of Security

Andrew Kriner
Assistant Athletic Director

Alisia Nolan
Lower School Admissions Director

Rose Puleo, R.N.
School Nurse

Shavonda Robinson
Upper School Registrar

Debi Tarowsky
Director of Auxiliary Operations

Edith Ticona
Upper School Dean, Grades 7-9

This list of areas the Task Force will review includes, but is not limited to:

  • Health and safety of our community members on campus
  • Personal protective equipment and other precautions
  • CDC guidelines
  • NJ guidelines
  • New cleaning equipment
  • Expanded staff for student support
  • Space constraints
  • Curricular development
  • Infrastructure needs
  • Transportation methods
  • Security on campus and in the buildings

We are researching four possible scenarios:

  • A.) Open on schedule in September in a regular school mode;
  • B.) Open on schedule with social distancing, PPE, necessary technological equipment to facilitate various modes of learning and modified schedules so that all students may be on campus for some — if not all — of each day;
  • C.) Blended learning (live and remote) with some type of alternate scheduling;
  • D.) Remote learning until the state allows a transition to plan “C” above followed by a transition to “B” and, then, “A.”

State and federal guidelines and regulations are changing daily. It is our goal to open the new school year on schedule in September and be able to communicate those plans as soon as possible. Please check back here on this page for the most up-to-date information as possible, and know that any major changes to our school calendar or format will be communicated via email.