Berkeley School District Moving To 5 In-Person Days Per Week

Josh Bakan

BERKELEY, NJ — The Berkeley Township School District will soon allow students to attend in-person five days per week. Students on the hybrid schedule will return to five, four-hour days starting Nov. 30, officials announced Friday.

As has been the case, everyone must be seated at least 6 feet apart, people must wear masks at all times and students' desks must face the same direction.

"Please keep in mind these proposed plans may be revised based on any directives from Governor Murphy or the Department of Education," Superintendent Dr. James D. Roselli wrote to parents and guardians.

The Berkeley and Central Regional School Districts both began the school year with a hybrid model. Families can also opt for their children to learn remotely.

Central Regional may reopen at a different pace, because it faces separate obstacles, Superintendent Dr. Triantafillos Parlapanides told Patch last week. But the district hopes to finalize a plan after next Thursday's school board meeting. Read more: Berkeley, Central Reg. Continue Work Toward School Reopenings

State officials have reported four coronavirus outbreaks in Ocean County schools this fall. Publicly available state data does not clarify in which schools outbreaks have occurred.

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"Outbreaks" indicate two or more laboratory-confirmed cases among students or staff within a 14-day period. They must be epidemiologically linked in the school setting, not share a household and not identify as close contacts of each other in another setting.

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