Some New Jersey School Districts Already Plan For A Return to Remote Learning in January

Paterson Public School District students will be learning remotely from home beginning January 4 through January 18., announced Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer in a statement.

“The rising numbers of COVID-19 cases due to multiple variants are cause for concern for all of us. A surge of new cases has occurred in northeastern New Jersey, and it is expected that the trend will continue through the holiday break,” Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer said in a statement.

The South Orange Maplewood School District announced that, in order to protect the health of staff and students, beginning on Tuesday, January 4, all students and staff will transition to all-virtual instruction. All staff and students will return to school for in-person instruction on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, Superintendent of Schools writes:

The recent spike in verified cases in our schools have resulted in hundreds of students shifting to virtual learning due to quarantine. Additionally, dozens of staff members have also had to be isolated due to break through cases. The operations of our schools have suffered greatly, forcing many class coverage shortages and unplanned consolidation of classes. Like many other school districts, we have seen a consistent trend, after each of our school breaks, both Thanksgiving and our fall break in early November there has been a sharp increase in our student/staff population of COVID cases.

The possibility of remote learning also looks likely in Newark, per a letter to Newark School families prior to winter break.

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