The Jersey City Public Schools are joining the growing list of Hudson County school districts switching to remote learning only for next week due to the contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We regularly monitor the COVID-19 cases in the area, and we have a surge in the number of individuals testing positive due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. As a precautionary measure, we return to virtual instruction for a week effective Monday, January 3, 2022,” the district said in an email late this afternoon.
“We anticipate returning to in-person learning on Monday, January 10, 2022. We will continue to update you as circumstances change. The District’s decision to temporarily switch to virtual learning is difficult. Still, the administration and the Board are mindful of the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community.”
Their virtual instruction plan will be available online and translates into many languages, also noting that staff will reports to their schools on Monday and Tuesday.
20 different schools will also still offer breakfast and lunch between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“Additional information will be forthcoming about testing to stay and vaccination opportunities. We will reevaluate the COVID-19 positivity rates within our school community and determine the following steps to return to in-person instruction,” the message concludes.
The Bayonne, East Newark, Harrison, Kearny, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken, and West New York Public Schools have all publicly announced they’ll be going remote for the entirety of next week, while Hoboken is planning on going virtual for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.