CLARK, NJ - At Tuesday night’s Town Council Meeting Mayor Sal Bonaccorso joined the conversation when he reminded residents the town was in the midst of a COVID spike and schools were acting with best intentions by following guidelines put forward by government officials.
“According to the county we are in the red zone…and the schools have to be virtual at this time,” he said. Bonaccorso reminded listeners that the Board of Education and Grande handle school related decisions and the town supports them as needed in their work.
His remarks came after the Clark Public School District announced earlier in the day that they would make an announcement on Friday, about whether schools would reopen to in-person instruction next week. All schools have been on a full remote schedule since the holiday break.
In his letter to parents Tuesday afternoon Superintendent Ed Grande assured parents and guardians that they shared a common goal with him of wanting to get students back in school.
Grande said he was awaiting data about COVID cases in town generally released later in the week so a decision could be made about when it would be safe to transition back to in-person learning.
A flurry of social media posts resulted in both complaints and compliments for the school district. Some people argued that it was time to open the doors and let the kids have a degree of normalcy. Others pointed to the high rates of COVID-19 cases in the community since the turn of the new year as a reason to play it safe. Parents of school athletes begged school officials to let the kids play sports.
Bonaccorso reminded residents that the BOE is doing the best they can. “I can assure you that the BOE and superintendent certainly feel that the kids are better inside the school than out, but this is where we are right now.”
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