Citing COVID-19 spread among staff, Bayonne BOE’s virtual learning will run through March

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Citing COVID-19 spread among staff at two buildings, the Bayonne Board of Education will continue to utilize virtual learning through the end of March.

A screenshot of the February 23rd, 2021 Bayonne of Education meeting.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Bayonne School District will continue virtual learning until at least the end of March 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of vaccines, and preparation of buildings will impact when we open our schools and resume normal operations,” Bayonne Superintendent of Schools John Niesz wrote in a letter today.

“Currently we have two buildings closed due to COVID-19 spread between staff even with the very limited number of people in the schools. Although we can all see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are not there yet.”

He concluded by stating that Bayonne schools will reopen once it is safe for everyone involved.

The Bayonne Board of Education convened in person at the high school auditorium, with plastic partitions in place, as well as trustees and attendees alike wearing masks.

The meeting lasted only an hour, as opposed to the over five-hour session at the Jersey City BOE where there were dozens of calls to reopen schools, but Niesz still fielded questions from a few dissatisfied parents.

“We’re not giving up our desire or our hope that we will be back in school before the end of the school year.  We’re not stopping: our mission is to get back to school sooner than later,” continuing that he believes that expectation is still realistic.