Montclair Education Association released a statement, calling for Montclair Schools Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Ponds to postpone hybrid learning, citing rising cases of COVID-19.
Now the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) has sponsored a letter campaign calling for Montclair Public Schools to continue remote learning, asking for letters to be sent to Dr. Ponds as well as the Montclair Board of Education and Montclair Health Dept. recommending that the district wait until school staff have the opportunity to be vaccinated.
As positive cases of Covid-19 are increasing daily by triple digits, the administration of Montclair School District believes it is time for Montclair schools to transition to in-person education. However, this is quite possibly the worst time to return to buildings. Exposures and transmissions from holiday gatherings and travel are just now hitting the population, combined with a new variant from the UK, introduced in our state and our community, that make it simply too dangerous to begin in-person instruction in the coming weeks.
Please take a moment today to email Dr. Ponds, the Montclair Board of Education, and the health department.
Urge him and the Board to implement virtual education in Montclair schools at least until the staff has had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Reopening for in-person instruction should only happen when the current risks have subsided enough to make that safe. Nothing matters more than the health and safety of our students, our staff and our community, and our schools should take the lead in helping to protect all of us.