County schools of technology will have half-day Thursday to work on coronavirus prevention plan

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The Hudson County High Tech School of Technology will have a half-day on Thursday as the district takes “all precautionary measures to prevent the spread” of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

High Tech High School in Secaucus. Photo via www.hcstonline.org.

By Corey McDonald/Hudson County View

In a letter to parents today, HCST Superintendent of Schools Amy Lin-Rodriguez said the school was taking an “effective preparedness plan” for each academic discipline that the school offers.

“Our operational staff has been working around the clock to keep our facilities and buses clean and surfaces are thoroughly disinfected at all times,” she said in the letter.

“Over the coming days, HCST Emergency Management Team members of the administration will continue to meet with our state, county and local partners to ensure there will be no interruption to our academic curriculum and educational programming.”

The announcement follows similar moves from the Jersey City School district, which will have a half-day on Wednesday so that the staff can work on “full contingency plan.”

The Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, meanwhile, announced it was cancelling classes for Tuesday as they prep to switch entirely to online classes for the rest of the week.

Minutes ago, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) declared a state of emergency, making the move “out of an abundance of precaution and prudence” while saying that the overall risk of individuals contracting the virus remains low.

The first presumptive case of the coronavirus in Hudson County was diagnosed in a in a 32-year-old West New York man, as HCV first reported.

As of this report, 11 people in the state have tested positive, while 24 additional people are under investigation as potential infection cases.

 

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