Classes to remain hybrid for the rest of the year

In-person instruction could have expanded if COVID-19 outbreaks had been avoided

Bayonne Superintendent of Schools John Niesz addressed parents at a Board of Education meeting in March.
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Bayonne Superintendent of Schools John Niesz addressed parents at a Board of Education meeting in March.

The Bayonne School District will continue the current hybrid instruction for the remainder of the school year, according to Superintendent of Schools John Niesz.

Niesz had previously stated that if the district could make it through the month of May without a COVID-19 outbreak, the district would shift to a five-day in-person school week. The district returned to the classrooms on May 3 for the first time since it shifted to virtual instruction in March of 2020 at the onset of the pandemic.

Outbreaks in schools

“Unfortunately, we have had multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 within our school community during the current month of May,” Niesz said. “Please be reminded to review the COVID-19 at-home daily health screening emailed to parents and staff each day. We also remind everyone to stay home if you’re not feeling well.”

According to Niesz, the cases include district staff and students, but the cases in multiple schools are not interconnected. The city only has 20 active COVID-19 cases as of May 20.

Niesz also announced that aftercare will not be available in June of 2021.

Back to ‘normal’

The district will be completely in-person next fall.

“We are planning and expecting a full return in September 2021 for all students,” Niesz said. “According to Governor Murphy, all schools will be back fulltime in September, and students cannot opt-out of in-person instruction.”

Niesz continued: “We do not know at this time if there will be social distancing required in the 2021-2022 school year or if masks are required. Students will be required to wear their school uniforms, so please make arrangements to purchase uniforms for September. Also, with the students being back full-time, we will be offering breakfast and lunch and Before Care and After Care in September.”

The school schedule for 2021-2022 is at bboed.org/Page/2#calendar1/20210525/month.

Summer programs

Information about summer programs has been sent home and is posted on social media accounts and the district website. Summer instruction will be available to all students virtually and in person.

Contact each school principal with questions. The last day of the 2020-2021 school year is June 24.

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