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Secaucus High School and Middle School go virtual due to an individual testing positive

Other Hudson County schools assess their learning plans

Secaucus High School

While some North Hudson school districts have phased into hybrid learning from virtual learning, schools in one district are going virtual temporarily after an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

Secaucus 

The Secaucus School District bucked the trend as one of the only school districts to begin the school year with a hybrid learning plan.

Now Secaucus High School and Middle School will go virtual for a week due to someone at the school testing positive for COVID-19, Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Montesano announced in a letter to parents.

It’s not clear if the individual is a student, faculty member, or staff.

The schools, which are attached, were closed until Oct. 20 to sanitize and disinfect the classrooms, Montesano said.

Sports programs have been halted until Oct. 22, with practices, games, and other events cancelled or postponed.

Weehawken

The Weehawken School District started the school year remotely through virtual instruction. Superintendent of Schools Eric Crespo made the announcement following Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to allow schools to start the year virtually.

Schools headed back to the classroom beginning Sept. 28 and have been slowly transitioning into the hybrid learning plan.

The last group of students entered the classroom on Oct. 14, Cohort Z. Students in each school are broken into two groups: Cohort A and Cohort Z. Cohort A attends in-school classes on Monday and Tuesday and Cohort Z on Wednesday and Thursday.

Each Friday will alternate between Cohort A and Cohort Z. Students can remain virtual fulltime with Cohort R.

West New York

The West New York school district remains virtual. In August, Superintendent of Schools Clara Brito Herrera announced the plan had shifted from a hybrid learning plan to a virtual learning plan following Gov. Murphy’s announcement.

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

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

Preschool days 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 and Guttenberg

Public schools reopened virtually in Union City and remain virtual. In August, Superintendent of Schools Silvia Abbato said the School district will move to a hybrid in-person learning plan only if the the data supports that decision.

The Anna L. Klein School opened virtually in September in the Guttenberg School District, Superintendent Michelle Rosenberg announced following Gov. Murphy’s decision.

The school began phasing students back into the classroom on Oct. 5 and finished integrating seventh and eighth grade students on Oct. 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 and the rest of the county

In North Bergen, Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter announced the district will remain virtual until the end of the first marking period in November.

The district’s original plan was to open under a hybrid instruction plan with students learning in person on Mondays and Tuesdays, while a second group learns in person on Thursdays and Fridays. All students would learn virtually on Wednesdays.

The district is currently in the process of reevaluating the plan for students to return to in-person instruction, according to Solter.

The rest of Hudson County looks to shift to hybrid learning plans in the near future, including Jersey City. Hoboken started the year with a hybrid instruction plan. However, Bayonne remains virtual until the end of the marking period in November with no transition to hybrid in sight.

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