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Bayonne students have the option to stay under virtual instruction

The district is returning to full days on Jan. 10, but students aren't required to learn in person

Students can return to in-person instruction, as pictured above courtesy of the BBOED, or can remain learning remotely.

The Bayonne School District will return to full-day school on Jan. 10. However, students have a choice on whether or not to remain under virtual instruction or go back to in-person instruction, according to Superintendent of Schools John Niesz.

The district temporarily shifted from in-person instruction to virtual instruction for the week of Jan. 3 to Jan. 7, with a half-day schedule. This was due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the city after the holiday season.

Parents and guardians now have a choice whether their child learns in person or remotely. This was not the case at the start of the year, when the district opened with the only option for students being to return to the classroom in person. According to Niesz, the remote option is now available due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you do not want your child to return, you can select remote/asynchronous instruction for your student,” Niesz said. “This is a new option for our district.”

This request is voluntary and if selected, the student must remain remote for at least two weeks. If the student wishes to switch to remote or asynchronous instruction, parents or guardians must email their principal for grades kindergarten through eight, or vice principal for grades 9 through 12, by Jan. 11.

Remote but asynchronous

While the district is now offering virtual instruction, it will not be in real time.

“Please understand that if you choose the remote option, we will do our best to offer the best possible instruction, it will not be synchronous,” Niesz said. “It may be difficult at times. We will do our best and we will need your help at home as well to ensure students are doing their school work. If you choose the online option, you cannot opt back in and out.”

Students can still participate in all in-person after-school co-curricular activities if they are remote. This switch is temporary and the district will reevaluate this option by Feb. 1.

“When we return to in-person instruction on Jan. 10, we are asking all students, faculty, and staff to get tested for COVID-19, continue vaccination efforts, and take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID,” Niesz said.

While the district is encouraging students to get tested and vaccinated, it is not required for students and staff to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning on Jan. 10.

Starting on Jan. 24, the district will have free COVID-19 testing at all schools for any school employee or student that wishes to be tested. This testing will be available once a week during school and at each school.

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