PATERSON, NJ – Paterson’s public schools will continue remote learning until at least Monday, May 3, Board of Education Commissioners said in a vote Wednesday. The decision comes on an assessment that “it simply is not safe for all students and staff to return to district school buildings,” according to Board of Education President Kenneth L. Simmons.
“I thank Superintendent Shafer and the rest of the district administration for their continued efforts to help the Board Commissioners make decisions for the well-being of our students, families and staff based on hard data and scientific facts,” Simmons continued. Another assessment of local pandemic conditions by Wednesday, April 14th.
“The COVID-19 pandemic remains a dominant part of our reality. As much as all of us are looking forward to the time when students and teachers can be together again in school buildings, that time has not arrived yet,” Shafer said. “We will continue to keep the safety of our students and staff as our top priority and do everything we can to make students’ virtual learning experiences as engaging and as effective as possible.”
Acknowledging that the decision is disappointing, Shafer shared her view that it is the “right decision.”
“We are a stronger school district than we were a year ago, and I am so immensely proud of the resilience I have seen in our students, staff and the families we serve,” Shafer continued. “We will continue to do everything we can to make remote learning engaging and effective for our students, and to prepare for the time when we will be able to open our school buildings again.”