Jersey City schools temporarily moving to remote learning next week

Move to virtual learning comes as cases continue to surge in city

Jersey City schools will be temporarily going remote next week due a surge in COVID-19 cases.
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Jersey City schools will be temporarily going remote next week due a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Jersey City schools will be temporarily going remote for next week as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the city and the greater county.

The announcement was by the Jersey City Public Schools today, with the school district saying that the move is a precautionary measure as cases rise due to the omicron variant. Virtual learning will take place for a week beginning Jan. 3, 2022, with the district anticipating a return to in-person learning on Jan. 10.

“The district’s decision to temporarily switch to virtual learning is difficult,” reads a message on the district’s website “Still, the administration and the board are mindful of the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community.”

The move comes as cases in Jersey City and greater Hudson County continue to surge to levels not seen since the pandemic began, sometimes breaking records day by day.

Jersey City once again broke another record for cases per day with 650 cases on Dec. 29 according to the city’s database, with a seven day average of 485 cases per day. In the city’s school district, there have been 389 cases this month, with 287 of them being students and 102 being staff in-person.

Jersey City has followed a number of school districts in Hudson County that are going remote next week, including North Bergen, West New York and Weehawken.

“Additional information will be forthcoming about testing to stay and vaccination opportunities,” read the message. “We will reevaluate the COVID-19 positivity rates within our school community and determine the following steps to return to in-person instruction”

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