Bayonne School District sheds mask mandate, other COVID-19 restrictions

According to Superintendent of Schools John Niesz, the district is in "normal operation mode"

The Bayonne School District has dropped its mask mandate as of March 7, and also dropped every other COVID-19 restriction, according to a March 3 letter from Superintendent of Schools John Niesz.

New policies in effect

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Face masks will be optional in all school buildings and buses.

Plexiglass classroom barriers will remain. However, teachers can remove them. If any plexiglass is damaged or lost, it will not be replaced, according to Niesz.

Air purification systems will remain in place as well.

According to Niesz, the New Jersey Department of Education has not been collecting COVID-19 positive and quarantine numbers for the past several weeks. And the Bayonne School District is following suit.

“We will not be collecting those numbers anymore,” Niesz said.

The district will not be emailing its daily at-home health survey anymore.

Temperature checks at the front entrances will stop and all entrances will open as they were before the pandemic.

As the weather improves, students will still have the option to eat outside with the new picnic tables at each school.

Eating in the classrooms will slowly be phased out over the coming months. Students can begin going back to the cafeteria.

Normal operations for graduations, ceremonies, events, fundraisers, and building use by the community.

“We are in normal operation mode, how we acted prior to COVID-19, going forward,” Niesz said.

However, he added that it “could change” given the nature of the pandemic.

“The future seems very promising,” Niesz said. “However, as well as know, COVID-19 is not predictable.”

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