HACKENSACK, N.J. — Within one week of reopening what school officials had hoped would be the start of the 2020-’21 school year with a hybrid learning environment, The Bergen County Technical Schools, which has locations in Teterboro, Paramus and Hackensack, has shuttered its doors and reverted to remote learning following a reported three dozen students and staff who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The district reopened on Monday, October 19 for hybrid learning, a rotation of in-person learning on abbreviated school days in which half the student body is on the premises at a time and the other half works remotely from home. However, as a result of the positive Covid-19 tests, the district has suspended in-person learning until Friday, January 15, 2021.

“As you know, the Bergen County Technical Schools had reopened for in-person instruction on October 19 with a hybrid schedule of half-time attendance and shortened school days,” said Schools Superintendent Howard Lerner on the district website. “Due to students and staff testing positive for Covid-19, we have decided in consultation with the Bergen County Department of Health Services to suspend in-person learning until January 15.”

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In his note addressed to parents and community members on the district website, Lerner said because the district receives students from all 70 municipalities in Bergen County, it was imperative to close the schools given the current rise in Covid-19 infections in Bergen County and throughout the state and country. He also cited the upcoming holiday season as a possible hurdle given the large gatherings. As of Monday, October 26, there were 121 new Covid-19 cases reported in Bergen County, bringing the total number of infections to 25,038. To date, the county saw 2,058 deaths.

“Our teachers and staff will continue to provide remote instruction to students,” said Lerner. “As always, we are committed to ensuring that students continue to receive the high quality education that Bergen County Technical Schools is known for.”

Parents and students are asked to check the Bergen County Technical Schools website at bcts.bergen.org for updates.