North Hudson schools shift to virtual reopening

Most districts plan to phase into hybrid learning during the year

Most North Hudson students will start the year virtually.
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Most North Hudson students will start the year virtually.

North Bergen, Weehawken, West New York, Union City, and Guttenberg will start the year virtually. Secaucus is bucking the trend.

Secaucus goes hybrid

According to Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Montesano, students will be divided into Group A and Group B, with attempts to keep siblings in the same group. Group A will attend school on Monday and Tuesday; Group B on Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday will be virtual for all students.

Special education students will attend school for full days, with social distancing, except Wednesdays.

Cleaning protocols will be observed daily and heavily on Wednesdays when staff and students are virtual.

Social distancing will be observed in classrooms. Face coverings ill be required when social distancing can’t be maintained.

Accommodations will be made for students with medical or other conditions that could preclude face coverings..

Students who ride on the bus ​must ​wear face coverings.

Staff and students will be given a mask and temperature check, and a symptom review.

Weehawken 

Weehawken will go virtual for most of September, according to Superintendent of Schools Eric Crespo.

School will begin virtually on Sept. 10, with hybrid in-person learning starting Sept. 28.

Faculty will teach inside classrooms, practicing new protocols in preparation for the return to hybrid in-person learning.

Students will be divided into Cohort A and Cohort Z. Cohort A will attend Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Friday. Cohort Z will attend Wednesdays and Thursdays and every other Friday.

Half-days will end at 12:36 p.m.

When a group is not in school, it will log into a Google Meet for a live stream. 

Students can remain virtual throughout the year using a program called My Weehawken Online.

Teachers will be available in the afternoons. Daily counseling will be availablein person or virtually.,

West New York 

West New York students will begin school remotely on Sept. 10, according to Superintendent of Schools Clara Brito Herrera.

The hybrid in-person reopening plan will be phased in throughout the year. Under the hybrid plan, Pre-K through grade 12, Groups A, B, and C will rotate.

On days when groups are not in school, they will learn virtually.

Hybrid in-person students will eat breakfast in classrooms and grab-and-go lunches.

Chromebooks and connectivity will be provided for students who need them.

Schools will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and after school.

Face coverings will be required, social distancing observed, and class size reduced.

Preschool days will run from 8:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; elementary school from 8:20 a.m. to 1:04 p.m.; middle school from 8:10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.; and high school from 7:41 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

Union City 

Schools will reopen virtually, according to Superintendent of Schools Silvia Abbato.

A district-developed curriculum will be taught via Zoom, FlipGrid, and Google Classroom, among other programs. Teachers will upload assignments via Google Classroom and other virtual school platforms.

Loaner laptops and free Internet access will be provided to students who need them.

The district will offer grab-and-go meals, providing weekly packages of breakfasts and lunches.

It will move to a hybrid in-person learning plan if the the data supports that decision.

Guttenberg 

School will open virtually in September, with hybrid, in-person learning in October.

According to Superintendent of Schools Michelle Rosenberg, the virtual learning plan will be re-evaluated on Sept. 21. School starts on Sept. 14.

Students will be split into Groups A and B, which will alternate daily. When a group is not in school, it will learn virtually.

North Bergen

North Bergen will start school virtually, re-evaluating the plan each month with the expectation of returning to class Oct. 1.

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