North Bergen vaccinates teachers

Paves the way for classroom teaching

Mayor Sacco talks to a resident receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 16. Photo by Art Schwartz.
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Mayor Sacco talks to a resident receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 16. Photo by Art Schwartz.

North Bergen has vaccinated most of its teachers ahead of its transition back to classrooms, according to Mayor Nicholas Sacco.

The township began vaccinating eligible residents at the recreation center at 6300 Meadowview Avenue in early February. To register, call 201-392-2084. When an appointment is available, the township will reach out to registered individuals.

Prior to using the site at the recreation center, the township had been administering vaccines at municipal buildings since the first doses of the Moderna vaccine were given to healthcare personnel on Dec. 24.

The township has received a very limited number of vaccines so far, with more expected in the months ahead. Access to the vaccine is expected to expand to other eligible residents in the near future depending on state guidance and vaccine supply.

Check northbergen.org and social media regularly for vaccine updates.

Aiming for April

North Bergen public schools began transitioning to learning in the classrooms this month. While the district planned to move to hybrid instruction earlier in the year, the shift was pushed back repeatedly. Most recently, the culprit was a delay in the vaccine rollout.

“Superintendent Solter and the Board of Education are doing a tremendous job preparing for our local schools to safely reopen soon,” Sacco said. “It’s clear that students are better served by in-person learning, and North Bergen will do whatever is needed to balance that need with ensuring the safety of our educators.”

It’s still not clear if the district will shift to hybrid or full in-person instruction. Plans call for students to return on April 19 with details to be determined.

Administrators, supervisors, directors, and support staff returned full time on March 1. Teachers and staff returned on March 15.

Ahead of the return, the district has outfitted schools with air purifiers and upgraded temperature screening devices, among other safety protocols.

“The district has put numerous safety measures in place, and the vast majority of our teachers have now received their COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to the efforts of our North Bergen Health Department,” Sacco said.

Parents are asked to log in to the Realtime parent portal and complete a survey. A “yes” response means their child would remain home and learn virtually. A “no” means their child would have in-person education at school.

These responses will help the district create schedules for the students. For more information on hybrid instruction, go to northbergen.k12.nj.us.

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