School district remains virtual through January

Superintendent of Schools John Niesz cited COVID-19 data

The hallways will remain empty at Bayonne High School and other public schools during virtual-only instruction.
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The hallways will remain empty at Bayonne High School and other public schools during virtual-only instruction.

Instruction at Bayonne public schools will remain virtual until late January, according to Superintendent of Schools John Niesz.

Safest option

The Bayonne School District continues to evaluate the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety of students and faculty. The district has been reevaluating its learning plan each month, assessing COVID-19 data to determine if it’s safe to transition to a hybrid instruction plan.

The district announced in September that public schools would remain virtual until Nov. 2, the end of the first marking period. In October, virtual instruction was extended to Dec. 1.

“As part of our continuing effort to reevaluate our educational plan, it has been determined that all learning will continue virtually until at least January 29, 2021,” Niesz said in a letter to the community.

Neisz said the decision mirrors those made by other districts to remain with virtual learning amid rising COVID-19 cases. Some school districts where in-person classes have resumed have decided to switch to virtual learning.

These factors, combined with the continued installation of air mitigation systems, were considered in the decision.

Schoology.com

The Board of Education approved the virtual-only instruction plan in July, as well as a backup hybrid plan. Under the virtual-only plan, students learn remotely with no in-person instruction.

Instructors have been teaching live sessions from either their classrooms at school or their homes through a virtual learning system called Schoology.com.

The district continues to provide lunch and breakfast via the grab-and-go program. Meals can be picked up at all schools on Mondays and Wednesdays, using the same system as last year.

“We will continue to evaluate the data surrounding COVID-19 and will strive to keep parents, students, and staff up to date as our plans evolve,” Niesz said. “Please remember to check your email and the BBOED website each day for any updates. As always the safety of our community of learners is at the forefront of all of our decision-making.”

Winter sports proceeding

According to Niesz, the Bayonne School District will follow the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) protocols for the beginning of winter sports.

The athletic department will contact winter teams with the revised start dates and new rules. Winter interscholastic sports will start and end at different dates and times this year.

Niesz advised students and parents to be on the lookout for messages from the athletic department and coaches.

In early October, athletics were temporarily shut down after a JV football coach at Bayonne High School tested positive. Student athletes were tested on Oct. 19. Athletes who did not get tested were not able to participate or attend future athletic events without a negative COVID-19 test.

For more information, go to bboed.org.

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