Finally back in the classroom

North Bergen students have transitioned to hybrid instruction

Students at North Bergen High School began rotating back to classrooms on April 26.
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Students at North Bergen High School began rotating back to classrooms on April 26.

Students in the North Bergen School District have returned to their classrooms. While the district planned to initiate hybrid instruction earlier in the year, that shift was repeatedly pushed back in response to pandemic conditions.

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 had been vaccinating its teachers and education staff. Schools have been outfitted with air purifiers and upgraded temperature screening devices, among other safety protocols.

Hybrid model

While the details of the hybrid model were being worked out in early April, plans were finally detailed by mid-month. The plan pushed the return date back one last time from April 19 to April 26 and outlined how students would rotate between virtual and in-person learning under hybrid instruction.

The hybrid schedule splits students into two sections: Group A and Group B. Group A is in classrooms on Monday and Tuesday, and Group B is in classrooms on Thursday and Friday. Every Wednesday, all students learn remotely.

Each day is an early dismissal schedule for in-person education. Small group sessions through virtual instruction run from 2:25 to 3 p.m., by invitation from the teacher.

Reopening plans for each school are online, on each school’s website. The district sent parents an automated email, call, and or text with links to the plan ahead of the return.

The plan includes guidelines for entering the school, busing, classroom rules, recess, and dismissals.

Grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches continue to be distributed. Virtual students pick up the breakfasts and lunches on Mondays and Thursdays. In-person students pick up breakfasts and lunches as they leave school.

Summer instruction and graduation

The district is in the process of assembling a summer learning program. The program will be in person and will be specific to the student’s learning gaps.

More information will be released in May regarding the registration process, locations, and schedule for the program.

Graduation for all schools will be outdoors at Bruins Stadium, following the same process as last year. The dates and times as well as the process will be sent to all parents.

“I truly appreciate all of your cooperation during these trying times,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter. “Additionally, I’d like to thank all of our staff members as we transition from virtual learning back to in-person education.”

Parents with issues or questions should contact school administrators or email the Superintendent at gsolter@northbergen.k12.nj.us.

For more information, go to northbergen.k12.nj.us.

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