JERSEY CITY, NJ - As many as 3,000 Jersey City Public Schools students are starting the new year with no Chromebooks, a shortage of technology that will make it difficult for them to work remotely from home as classrooms remain shut due to COVID-19.

The Chromebooks were ordered in early August but won’t arrive until October. A similar issue arose last month in Paterson before a delivery of 9,600 Chromebooks allowed school officials there to close the technology gap.

The situation, Mayor Steven Fulop told TAPinto Jersey City, is one he is working to resolve as soon as possible. “I'm kind of disappointed,” Fulop said. “There’s no perfect solution and we’re making the best of the situation.”

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Fulop said the city is working with the library system and looking into CARES funding to assist, as well as trying to coordinate opportunities for parents to share until additional devices arrive.

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