‘Change for Children’ team says Jersey City schools should reopen by ‘following the science’


The “Change for Children” Jersey City Board of Education team says that the public schools need to resume in-person learning, but that process should not be rushed.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our children. In the midst of a global pandemic, we must follow the science, the experts, and proven best practices in determining how and when to safely reopen our schools,” said CFC candidate Asheenia Johnson.

“Schools should not reopen for in-person instruction until it is safe for children, teachers, and their families. As a substitute teacher, I have seen first-hand how an unsafe classroom environment can be detrimental to schoolchildren’s learning,” added Sonia Cintron, one of her running mates.

The three-person slate was critical of the current board, where seven of the nine current members where backed by the Jersey City Education Association at some point, who said they “rushed to reopen with a one-size fits all approach.”

While the BOE initially approved a learning plan that included limited in-person learning with a virtual plan, but they later adjusted that to switch to remote learning throughout the month of September.

Superintendent of Schools Franklin Walker has since said that the current virtual learning plan will continue through at least the end of the first marking period in mid-November.

“The current Board of Education has demonstrated time and time again that they are not up for the challenge and are unable to rise to the occasion. Our children need new leadership to guide them in safely returning to the classroom,” stated Karen Poliski, the third member of the CFC team.