Union City BOE teachers, aides begin working from home with COVID-19 cases on the rise

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The Union City Board of Education appears to be heading towards all remote learning, with teachers and their aides beginning to work from home as of Monday and non-instructional staff starting a staggered schedule as of yesterday.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Hudson County and across the state of New Jersey, the Union City Board of Education has decided to gradually decrease the number of staff in our buildings,” says an email sent out by the Union City BOE on Sunday evening, which was obtained by HCV today.

While teachers and their aides will conduct their classes virtually from home, non-instructional staff began a staggered scheduled yesterday along with “additional guidance from their school administrators,” according to the emailed notice.

The email did not state whether or not any teachers or other staff had recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The latest data from the New Jersey Department of Health ranks Hudson County as the the area with the third most confirmed coronavirus cases and related deaths, with tallies of 22,959 and 1,371, respectively.

The municipalities encountering the most significant recent uptick in cases are Union City, Kearny, and Harrison.

As of October 23rd, Union City has reported 3,908 cases of COVID-19 and 218 fatalities, with 140 positive tests confirmed within a week of that date, a coronavirus update from their police department said.