Public schools to shift to hybrid instruction in May

Students have been learning virtually

The hallways of Bayonne High School will no longer be empty as students return to the classroom under hybrid instruction.
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The hallways of Bayonne High School will no longer be empty as students return to the classroom under hybrid instruction.

Effective May 3, the Bayonne School District will transition to hybrid instruction, according to Superintendent of Schools John Niesz. Public schools have been virtual throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

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

Back to classrooms

Each month, the district has reevaluated its instruction plan and the state of COVID-19 in the city to determine if it’s safe to transition from virtual instruction to hybrid or in-person instruction.

Recently, someΒ parents have called for a return to the classroom. To accomplish that,Β Niesz said the district was waiting to vaccinate education staff and finish renovations of schools.

“We are very happy to announce that with the assistance of Mayor Davis, City Council, and the Board of Education Trustees that all Board of Education Employees are being offered the COVID-19 Vaccine,” Niesz said “The time frame of vaccinations will allow our employees to be fully vaccinated by our opening date.”

He continued: “This along with all of our safety precautions (air filters, personal protective equipment, desk dividers, social distancing, aggressive cleaning protocols, etc.) will allow us to return safely to a hybrid model that will allow social distancing for the remainder of the school year.”

The results of a parent survey will inform the district on how many students will return to in-person instruction and what model of hybrid instruction the district will offer. Parents have the right to continue all- remote learning for their children.

“Please look for our survey on Monday, March 15, 2021 that will be sent to parents and guardians,” Niesz said. “The answers you provide will allow us to plan our opening model of in-person instruction and inform our community accordingly.Β Thank you for your cooperation during these difficult times.”

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