As COVID-19 concerns rise, HCST students will utilize ‘virtual learning’ sessions next week

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The Hudson County Schools of Technology are on board with the majority of public schools in the region, closing next week in favor of “virtual learning” sessions following two new presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus in Jersey City and Hoboken, respectively.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“In consultation with our Health Department and County Superintendent, The Hudson County Schools of Technology will ​close school buildings to students​ and initiate virtual learning ​effective Monday, March 16, 2020 – Friday, March 20, 2020​,” Superintendent of Schools Amy Lin-Rodriguez wrote in a letter to parents today.

“We will reassess this developing and unpredictable situation on a ​weekly basis​ and keep you informed.”

The district plans to use Google Classroom and email as part of their home instruction plans, while students eligible for free or reduced lunch can pick up meals at the Early W. Byrd Center, located at 525 Montgomery St., and the Frank J. Gargiulo campus at One High Tech Way in Secaucus.

Breakfast will be available between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., while lunch can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Students must have a school-issued ID to receive a meal.

The Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City, Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken, and West New York Public Schools have all publicly announced closures for next week in favor of remote schooling programs.

Hudson County currently has three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19: a 32-year-old West New York man who is on the mend, a 41-year-old woman from Jersey City, and a man in his 40s from Hoboken.

The West New York case was announced on Sunday, while the Jersey City and Hoboken cases were revealed earlier today.