Remote learning

Downes Elementary third-graders Natalia and Katia Smith attend online classes last spring, as their teacher, Kelly Kent, appears on screen.

For most students in the Newark area, the “back to school” routine will look a lot different this year.

Instead of kids hurrying to the bus stop or walking a few blocks to get to school, they’ll have a much shorter trip this year – just a quick walk to their desk or kitchen table, where they’ll open a laptop and participate in virtual classes.

Here at the Newark Post, covering the first day of school is a fall tradition. For years, our reporters have been there as students – some nervous, some excited, and some with a mix of both emotions – hug mom and dad goodbye, get on the bus and head into school for a new year of learning. Of course, those scenes won’t be playing out this year, but that doesn’t mean our back-to-school coverage has to end.

We’re inviting readers to submit photos of what the first day of school looks like in your household and help us document this unprecedented start to the school year. (If your kids attend one of the local private schools that is holding in-person classes, we'll accept those photos as well.)

We’ll include all the photos in an online gallery and run as many as we can on a keepsake page in Friday’s newspaper.

Send photos to and be sure to include the student’s name, grade and school. Please do not digitally manipulate the photos, such as adding Instagram/Snapchat filters or putting text over the image.

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