Bloomfield Schools Will Return In-Person, But With Remote Option

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Public schools in Bloomfield will be returning for in-person classes on Tuesday, Jan. 4. But parents will also have a remote learning option for a limited time, according to the district's post-new year plan.

In a message to the community, Bloomfield School Superintendent Salvatore Goncalves noted that Monday, Jan. 3 has been reclassified as an in-service day for staff only. Students are not required to report to school on Monday.

Here's what will happen on Tuesday, according to Goncalves:

"We have given careful consideration to the local, state and national trends in light of the new COVID-19 variant, and although we will have our planned opening for live instruction on Tuesday, Jan. 4, we will also offer a voluntary remote instructional model through Friday, Jan. 14."

Goncalves said parents and guardians who want to take the remote option should contact their school's principal. Those who choose the virtual option in PK-6th grade can also email their classroom teacher as an added layer of notification.

"Your building principal will coordinate a time for you to pick up any necessary district-issued technology for your child to complete a virtual instruction program from January 4 to 14, 2022," Goncalves said. "Please note that this accommodation is offered in order to provide a continuity of instruction, short of closing the school district to alternative learning options."

Other details about the remote option include:

  • "Virtual learning, for those who choose this option, begins on Tuesday January 4, 2022 (should your child first need to obtain district issued technology, this should be coordinated with the building principal on Monday, January 3, 2022)."

  • "The designated Virtual period is temporary for 10 school days and will end on Friday, January 14, 2022."

  • "If you would like this virtual option, please contact your child’s principal via email as soon as possible to get started."

  • "We ask that you have patience and understanding with our teaching staff as they prepare for this option and provide the best possible education for ALL students."

Other highlights of Goncalves message include:

  • "As of now, both athletics and extra-curricular activities will continue as planned."

  • "Building principals will continue to think outside the box when it comes to lunch; building administrators will attempt to utilize the outdoors, larger spaces and classrooms as much as possible given the winter months ahead."

  • "Like most districts across the state, we are in need of additional substitute teachers. We have increased our compensation in the recent past and encourage anyone of interest to contact our personnel office (973-680-8501, ext. 2016) for further information."

  • "Please remember to continue to check our COVID-19 Information Page as we update it frequently."

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This article originally appeared on the Bloomfield Patch

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