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School districts throughout the state are pausing in-person instruction because of cases of coronavirus among staff and students.
In some cases, the switch to all-remote classes is temporary, but many districts have opted to go remote through January. And some districts have only had to send home students from one school, where the cases of COVID-19 were found, while students at other schools in that district continued in-person learning.
The state does not maintain a public list of the schools or districts that have had to close down, but on Sept. 30 it launched a dashboard that identifies counties, number of schools and cases that were transmitted in school buildings or through school activities. Currently, 88 schools have had a total of 388 cases.
The state Department of Health issued guidelines for schools on how to handle positive cases, when to ask students to quarantine and when schools need to switch to remote learning.
Among the recommendations is to shut down the school if two or more people in multiple classrooms get sick within 14 days and a clear connection between the cases cannot be easily identified.
“Closure is a local decision that should be made by school administrators in consultation with local public health,” the state guidelines say.
Here are the districts that are currently doing remote-only learning because of COVID-19 cases.:
Pleasantville: The district will be fully virtual until the last week of January.
Bergen County: All four Bergen County Technical High School campuses will do remote learning only until at least Jan. 15.
Elmwood Park: All schools in the district are remote from Nov. 19 until Jan 11.
North Arlington: The district moved up its plan to go fully remote from Nov. 30 to Nov. 23 because an individual at North Arlington High School tested positive for the virus. The district will remain remote through Jan. 18.
Cinnaminson: The district will be fully remote through Jan. 8.
Delran: All students in the district, except those who are in self-contained special education or preschool, will learn remotely through Jan. 15.
Pemberton Township: The district announced Nov. 20 that the high school will be fully remote from Nov. 23 through Jan. 19.
Black Horse Pike Regional School District: The district will be virtual until Jan. 8.
Cherry Hill: About three dozen students tested positive for COVID-19 days before the district, which began the school year fully remote, planned to start a hybrid schedule. A date for hybrid learning has not been announced.
Gloucester Township: The district will be fully remote Nov. 23 through Jan. 8.
Millville: The district will be fully remote from Nov. 30 until Jan. 19.
Vineland: The district announced it will be fully remote from Nov. 30 through Jan. 18 to avoid a spike in cases of coronavirus during the holiday season.
Montclair: Montclair’s plan to transition from virtual to hybrid instruction at its 11 public schools on Nov. 16 has been put on hold. It will be phased in after the holidays beginning with grade PreK-5 students and all special needs students beginning January 25 followed by grades 6-12 on February 8.
Hamilton Township: The district will be fully remote from Nov. 30 until Jan. 19
East Brunswick: The town’s public schools are remote until Jan. 11, 2021 after cases of the coronavirus were reported in the district.
Edison: The district will be fully remote from Dec. 7 through winter break.
Jamesburg: All schools in the district will have remote instruction from Nov. 30 until mid-December.
North Brunswick: The district shifted to all virtual learning Nov. 23. No date has been announced to resume hybrid learning.
Old Bridge: The entire district will be remote from Nov. 23 until Jan. 19, according to a letter from Superintendent David Cittadino.
Piscataway: The district delayed the start of its in-person hybrid learning to Jan. 11 because COVID cases in the state are rising quickly.
South Brunswick: The entire district will be remote beginning Nov. 23 until at least Dec. 14, school officials said in a Nov. 21 letter to the community.
Woodbridge: All schools will be doing virtual instruction from Nov. 23 until Jan. 19, the district announced Nov. 17.
Freehold: Freehold Regional High School District will be fully remote from Jan. 4 until Jan. 11.
Hazlet: The district will be fully remote until after winter break.
Marlboro: All township schools will be remote from Nov. 24 until Dec. 14.
Red Bank: All schools will be fully remote until through Dec. 11.
Chatham: Chatham High School is virtual until Dec. 17.
Mount Olive: The district moved to fully remote learning from Nov. 23 until Jan. 19.
Randolph: Randolph Middle and High School are fully remote through Dec. 17. Center Grove Elementary will be virtual until Dec. 21.
Riverdale: Riverdale Public School will be virtual until at least Jan. 4.
Roxbury: All schools will be virtual from Dec. 14 until Jan. 19.
Toms River: All schools will return to virtual instruction Nov. 24 until Dec. 14 because of the rising number of cases of coronavirus in Toms River and Ocean County, according to a letter from Superintendent David M. Healy.
Clifton: All district schools have gone remote until mid-January.
Pompton Lakes: Pompton Lakes High School will be fully remote from Dec. 7 until Dec. 17.
Bound Brook: All district schools stopped in-person learning until Jan. 19, according to a letter from Superintendent Daniel Gallagher.
Montgomery Township: All schools in the district will be virtual until Jan. 19.
North Plainfield: All schools will be remote until Dec. 14.
Montague: The district will be virtual through at least Jan. 18.
Newton: All schools will be remote Nov. 23 through Jan. 18.
Sparta: School officials moved all learning virtual until Jan. 19.
Vernon Township: The district announced Nov. 20 that it will be fully remote from Nov. 30 through Jan. 18.
Plainfield: All students will learn remotely until Jan. 29.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood: All schools are virtual until Jan. 4.
Summit: The district will be fully remote from Jan. 4 until Jan. 19.
Westfield: All district instruction will be virtual from Nov. 30 until Dec. 14.
Philipsburg: All Phillipsburg schools will do remote learning until Jan. 8.
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