North Hudson schools go hybrid

The shift is occurring throughout the state

Students may soon be back at North Bergen High School come April 19.
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Students may soon be back at North Bergen High School come April 19.

When the Union City school district shifts from virtual to hybrid on May 3, all North Hudson districts will be using hybrid instruction.

Union City

Schools began the year virtually. At the time, Superintendent of Schools Silvia Abbato said the district would shift to hybrid instruction, only if the data supports it. During the fall and winter, the district surveyed parents about the return to classrooms.

On March 31, Abbato announced the district would shift to hybrid instruction on May 3. Parents are currently being surveyed to determine the hybrid model implemented. Teachers will return to school buildings on April 19.

“We very much look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in May, and we ask for your cooperation in helping us to ensure that everyone adheres to safety guidelines,” Abbato said in a letter to parents. “Our plans, preparations, and scheduling are continuously evolving to address the changing health situation.”

North Bergen

The district is planning a return to classrooms on April 19. It began the year virtually, with plans to return to the classroom in October never materializing.

In March, Superintendent of Schools George Solter announced plans for students to return to classrooms in some form on April 19. Parents are being surveyed to determine the type of hybrid model.

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

Secaucus

The district is currently under hybrid instruction. Secaucus was one of the only North Hudson districts to start the school year with hybrid instruction, though virtual instruction often intervened.

Weehawken

After seesawing between hybrid and virtual instruction for most of the school year, the district is now operating under hybrid instruction.

West New York

The district is planning to shift from virtual to hybrid instruction on April 19. Superintendent of Schools Clara Brito Herrera said implementation will be based on health conditions in the community.

Guttenberg

The only school in the district is the Anna L. Klein School, which returned to hybrid instruction on March 22.

Hybrid models

Many shifts to hybrid instruction were attributed to the vaccination of staff ahead of the return to classrooms and renovations of schools’ ventilation systems.

Safety precautions include temperature screening, masks, social distancing, and plexiglass on desks.

At most districts, laptops and free internet connection are given to students for their days learning remotely. Under most hybrid plans, students would split time between the classroom and home, rotating between the two settings in groups on a fixed schedule.

Buildings will be sanitized regularly, usually on days when students are virtual. Most schedules see students learning virtually on Wednesdays.

Jersey City and Bayonne districts are planning to transition to hybrid instruction in April and May respectively. Hoboken public schools have been operating under a hybrid instruction plan since the school year began.

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