TOMS RIVER, NJ – As is stands right now, a return to school for Toms River Regional Schools this September is currently logistically and financially impossible, according to Superintendent of Schools David Healy.
Healy said this week that he doubts students will be returning to school in September based on guidelines that have been set forth by the State of New Jersey.
“Trenton continues to change their mind and change their rules,” Healy said.
Healy added that restrictions and guidelines currently set in place by Governor Phil Murphy and the Department of Education make a return to school nearly impossible under the current guidelines.
“With the restrictions that are in place with opening and everything those restrictions entail, if we have a full return of students based on the guidance if you call it guidance, it would require us to have a maximum of 10 students per class, a minimum of 10 students per bus,” Healy said. “Keeping in mind we transport 13,000 students per day, so not only is it logistically impossible for our district and many districts based on the restrictions but also financially, operating expenses being two to three times more than what they would be before this COVID issue.”