Newark Schools Will Go Remote Starting Jan. 3, District Officials Say

"This is not the news I want to be sharing with students and their families at this time because we need to continue in-person instruction, but the health and safety of students and staff remains the top priority," said León. 

The announcement from the district comes after Newark schools returned to in-person instruction this fall, implementing procedures and protocols aimed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

With those and other mitigation strategies, the district has held vaccination clinics and weekly testing for staff and students, according to officials. 

To date, 100% of the district's executive staff, 90% of school administrators, 91% of instructional support staff, 88% of classroom teachers, and 75% of non-instructional staff are vaccinated. Over 83% of students 12 years and older in Newark are vaccinated as well, according to officials. 

In response to the rise in COVID-19 positive numbers in the weeks after Thanksgiving, the district implemented precautionary measures and asked everyone to prepare for the possibility of remote instruction at the start of the new year. Students were instructed to take home everything they would need to prepare for remote instruction. 

“The lives of all of our students mean more to me than anything else, especially since three of them are actually mine,” said Newark Board of Education President Dawn Haynes.  “We will do everything to protect our children in this fight against this horrible virus and we will get back to in-person instruction as soon as possible.”

Additional resources for students and families are available on the district's and schools' websites.  For the next two weeks, meal distribution sites will be open on Mondays at various schools from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Meals for each full week will be available to all students and their families regardless of the school they attend in Newark. 

"We anticipate that the City will announce the opening of learning pods in partnership with the district to assist families who have childcare concerns," district officials said in a written statement. "Upon our return, we will continue the district's protocols, procedures, and weekly COVID-19 testing in schools.

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