HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights School District will be open 100 percent virtually it was announced at Thursday night Board of Education meeting that was held virtually.
Below it the resolution that was passed by the Board of Education:
WHEREAS, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the District actively and diligently following the guidance from the Federal and State levels, including the CDC, NJ Department of Health, New Jersey Department of Education, and the New Jersey Governor's office. This guidance changed numerous times, sometimes in a single day, but we prepared for the 2020-2021 school year to the maximum extent possible given this guidance. In order to prepare for the 2020- 2021 school year, we developed a Re-opening plan pursuant to the State requirements. We also ordered all the PPE required to safely reopen schools - some of these items were ordered months ago; and,
WHEREAS, last week, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 175, which requires all districts meet specific health and safety requirements prior to reopening. These new guidelines require the District to be in possession of certain PPE before schools reopen. These items include, but are not limited to, specific HVAC filtration; facilities, personnel, and equipment necessary for maintaining isolation rooms; and enhanced temperature screening equipment; and,
WHEREAS, all of these items were ordered but many will not be received in time for a September 8, 2020 reopening as they are on backorder due to an overwhelming increase in orders and as a result the District cannot meet all of the new reopening requirements; and,
WHEREAS, the District had a confirmed case of COVID in its student body this week; NOW
THEREFORE, in light of the above referenced, the 2020-2021 school year for students will begin on September 8, 2020, via a complete remote platform until October 5, 2020. The Board will discuss progress towards reopening at the September board meeting.
The format of the school day will change from the re-opening plan, which will be posted online on Friday. The new tentative plan is to have Monday through Thursday will now be all-day sessions, with a half-day on Friday. In the original opening plan only Wednesday was a full-day on virtual instruction.
Once the plan is approved by the County and State Department of Education's, there will be further coverage of the plan.
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