The New Milford School District will transition to fully virtual learning from November 30 to February 1.
New Milford Schools Superintendent Michael Polizzi said on Thursday the decision was made based on a recommendation from the New Milford Department of Health due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the city and Bergen County, not because of an increase in schools.
“We received a recommendation from the New Milford Health Department to withhold in-person instructions due to the spike in cases, and the entire county is in red and there does not appear to be any indication of a drop in cases at the future, ”Polizzi said. “There is a greater indication that the number of cases will continue to increase.”
The date of November 30 was chosen to give families some time to plan to have their children at home. The school district of nearly 2,000 students had been using a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning since the start of the school year on October 26.
“We understand that this is potentially a significant disruption, especially in the area of childcare,” Polizzi said.
Polizzi said the announcement was made at the New Milford BOE meeting on Monday and the district’s decision received a mixed response from parents.
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“There are parents who are upset and other parents are relieved,” Polizzi said. “Some parents ask, ‘What took you so long? And others are more concerned about the impact on children who do not have the in-person component. “
As of Wednesday, there were 30,470 cases of the coronavirus in Bergen County, an increase of 424 from Tuesday, and 730 in New Milford, an increase of eight from the previous day.
Ricardo Kaulessar is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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