BAYONNE, NJ - Concerned about the impact COVID-19 will have on students and the perceived unfairness of sports starting while other extracurricular activities are still shut, Bayonne High School senior Petra Ghaly  grilled the Board of Education at the body’s Tuesday meeting.

Ghaly is serving as the student representative to the Bayonne Board of Education and said students are doing their best, but it’s tough.

She raised two concerns, first claiming that the current program for remote learning, Schoolology, may not be up to the task of educating students, especially those in lower grades. While some homes have siblings to help the younger students navigate the program, she asked, Ghally wondered why the district had not chosen Zoom or a Google program.

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“What about arts programs?” she asked, adding a request for a clarification on the District’s COVID-19 restrictions related to events and sports, as well as a potential return to in-person learning

In his response Schools Superintendent John J. Niesz said the district’s remote learning could continue until at least November.

Also speaking during the public portion was Melissa Godesky-Rodriguez, a former board of education candidate, who asked about state funding cuts to school-based services – such as those for special needs. Niesz said the district and the city have applied for a $600,000 grant that they hope will allow for the restoration of  $200,000 for the special services.

“We are still able to offer our students mental health and other services in person and virtually,” he assured.

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