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Each district that receives American Rescue Plan  Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds must develop a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools (Safe Return Plan) and make it publicly available on the district website. The NJ Department Of Education released the template for districts to follow. The template incorporates the federally required components of the Safe Return Plan as outlined in the American Rescue Plan statute and federal regulations. The questions in the template will be included in the ARP ESSER Fund application.  

The DRAFT Plan is attached  here for your review. 

We are seeking public comment on the Plan, and will take those comments into account when finalizing the Plan for submission by June 24, 2021. The ESSER II proposal for learning loss, mental health, and infrastructure was presented at a public meeting on May 24, 2021 (allocations slide attached) for the Board of Education and administration to receive public comment.  The additional ESSER allocation and detailed proposal will be presented at the Board of Education meeting on June 21, 2021, beginning at 6:30 PM in the JH Walker Middle School Auditorium for the Board of Education and administration to receive additional public comment prior to the Plan submission on June 24, 2021. Public comment received to date has been considered and incorporated into each phase of the development of the Plan. 

Because we know not everyone is able to attend the public meeting, and to provide us with an opportunity to consider your comments in advance of the June 24 submission deadline, we invite you to submit your  comments to:   Comments will be accepted through 12:00 PM on Tuesday, June 23, 2021. 

Translation, or accommodations pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act can be provided to any parent or community member who needs assistance to read, understand, or receive the Plan.  Please contact for support. 

We are looking forward to detailing the Plan for the district's return to full-day, full capacity in-person instruction Fall 2021, including the proposed ESSER expenditures. 


The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.