Cedar Grove, NJ – A group of Cedar Grove parents, like those in Glen Ridge, are calling for their district to start the school virtually.
A petition calling for Cedar Grove Board of Education and Cedar Grove Superintendent Anthony Grosso to start school 100% virtual in September has more than 550 signatures. Cedar Grove Schools presented a hybrid plan for fall.
The petition states:
Let us also take a moment to look at the bigger picture, beyond Cedar Grove. Schools around the world that have reopened are now being forced to close their doors. This has happened here in the U.S. in Georgia and in other places like Hong Kong and Israel. In many cases by the end of the 2nd day parents were receiving notice that a student in the school had tested positive for COVID-19.
Bloomfield Schools announced it will also put hybrid plans on hold and begin school in September with a complete virtual learning plan. In a message to parents, Superintendent Salvatore Goncalves writes:
“Despite our best efforts to develop a plan to partially restore pupil-teacher contact, I am reminded of my foremost responsibility as your Superintendent – a duty that must be prioritized higher than any of the considerations I have shared with you; my first commitment is to preserve the health, safety and welfare of our pupils, teachers, administrators and support staff and given that daunting responsibility, it is with reluctance but with a particularly cautious mindset that I announce that the Bloomfield Public Schools with have a complete virtual learning plan for September 2020. It is with reluctance but with a particularly cautious mindset that I announce that the Bloomfield Public Schools with have a complete virtual learning plan for September 2020.”
Montclair and West Orange had both previously announced a hybrid plan. West Orange has said it will stay all remote, putting hybrid plans on hold until on or about November 9, when it would consider moving to a hybrid plan dependent on COVID case counts in our community and any forthcoming directives from the Governor and/or New Jersey Department of Education.
A counter petition in Glen Ridge has also been started, asking the district to retain the hybrid option for September. Glen Ridge School posted its latest update on reopening Monday, with plans still in place for a hybrid model.