‘I want to go back to school in person’: Young students in Jersey City School District return to classroom
Some students in Jersey City, New Jersey's second largest
school district, began learning in classrooms again this morning,
including at Rafael De J Cordero Elementary school.
Students from pre-K to third grade made the return after four attempts
to reopen the city's schools.
want to go back to school in person. I don't want to go in remote anymore,” said first
The city describes it as positive moment as students earn their right to
an in-person education.
academically can catch up. It is the social interaction and
having a teacher is important, being able to see your teacher -
so yeah, it was hard with your parents, being both the parent and the
teacher,” said parent Leslie Sperber.
after the city attempted four times to return to in person learning. Originally on April 18, the city announced schools would stay learning
, but that was not received well by the community. So, on the April 21,
they announced the reopening. As a parent of two young
children, Mayor Steven Fulop understands.
"I speak to
a lot of parents, and I really feel for them with the hardships that
they've been going through in the last year,” says Fulop.
a four-hour school day for now because students are not allowed to eat
in the building, but qualifying students still receive a grab-and-go
school PTA is still working to ensure transparency from the city and teachers
union on how reopening will look in the fall. The way things work out now will
give a good idea of that.
Grades 4-12 will be back in the classrooms May 10.