Class is back in session

Students at A. Harry Moore Laboratory School will return to class Sept. 23 at a different location

A. Harry Moore students will attend classes at a site not far from their old school.
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A. Harry Moore students will attend classes at a site not far from their old school.

Classes for students from the A. Harry Moore (AHM) Laboratory School are scheduled to resume on Monday, Sept 23, at a location two miles from the school after the Jersey City Board of Education’s civil engineering firm concluded the building requires testing and repairs.

Classes were canceled after a portion of the roof of the portico collapsed.

The school which originally opened in 1931 offers comprehensive academic, therapeutic, pre-vocational, and social programs to students classified as Preschool Disabled, Learning and Language Disabled, and Multiple Disabled between the ages of three and 21. Last year there were 110 students in the program

Students will be relocated to the Gerard J. Dynes Regional Day School, a state facility at 425 Johnston Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304, 1.8 miles away.

The Gerard J. Dynes New Jersey Regional Day School serves children with autism and those displaying autistic-like characteristics, according to the university.

Drop-off is 9 a.m. Pickup is 3 p.m.

A smooth transition

According to a press release from New Jersey City University (NJCU), the university and the Jersey City Board of Education will work with oversight by the Department of Education to release more details related to the move. The relocation involves the moving of critical equipment for the students, food services, bus transportation, storage and classroom space, as well as necessary modifications to the Regional Day School.

“NJCU will reach out to the other sending districts whose students are serviced at the A. Harry Moore program as well to ensure a smooth transition for students from all sending districts which includes the JCBOE,”  reads the release.

At the beginning of September, NJCU announced its intention to close the school with its last day scheduled to be June 30, 2020, but has rescinded the announcement after working with city and state officials to keep the school open.

This happened after Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight opposed the school’s closure.

“Over the last few months NJCU and the JCBOE have been fully engaged to ensure continuity of the AHM program to ensure the best services and support for the most vulnerable of our children,” said Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas. “We are excited about the interim move of the program to the Regional Day School campus. The JCBOE will continue to be engaged comprehensively with the parents, community, NJCU, Department of Education and the Mayor’s office to ensure a permanent, long-term solution which we have a moral imperative to sustain.”

President of NJCU Sue Henderson thanked the city and state officials for their help.

“Being able to move the program to this facility will allow the University and its constituents to satisfy one of their biggest concerns,” she said. “NJCU will continue its close partnership with the JCBOE in order to increase the level of services provided to the students at AHM by drawing expertise from the School District. I would like to thank Mayor Fulop for his leadership as well as the council and assemblymen and women of Jersey City for their tireless work. In addition, my thanks go to the JCBOE for their willingness to continue to work toward a solution to an issue that we all want to see resolved.”

According to the release, faculty and staff from the A. Harry Moore School will resume programming operations at the Regional Day School. Parents may attend a walkthrough of the Regional Day School on Saturday, Sept. 21.

As for the missed days, the university says the school calendar will be changed to ensure students still have 180 days of school.

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