Woodbridge School District to remain virtual until at least March 1 as COVID cases rise
As the post-holiday cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, some school districts around the state are foregoing a return to hybrid learning and are staying remote.
The Woodbridge School District is the latest district to make the decision, announcing that it will remain virtual until at least March 1. The superintendent says that this is because there are too many cases of the virus in the community.
“We have over 320 positive students and staff since October,” says Superintendent Robert Zega.
Zega says that keeping teachers in the classroom has become especially difficult. The district is averaging nearly five cases of COVID-19 per day among staffers. Data shows a five-day average of 4.8 staffers testing positive, and the number rises to 8.6 among students.
This has a lot to do with the fact that students haven’t been in school due to the holiday break.
“When we were in school, we were able to control any outbreaks. We were able to control any transmission of the virus from student to student or staff to staff,” Zega says.
Woodbridge is following larger school districts, including Newark and Jersey City, which won’t return to in-person school until April.
There are smaller districts like Madison, with 2,600 students, where hybrid learning has always been in place.
“There was no concrete reason that would say we should not have in-person learning,” says Superintendent Mark Schwartz. “We really only have one case of a probable in-school transmission.”
Madison has had 87 cases to date. And with the ability for all students to log on remotely if they choose, there is no plan to change to all remote.
The superintendent in Woodbridge is telling parents that the decision is made in the interest of health and safety.