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Paterson schools extend remote learning to May 1, says superintendent

By Jayed Rahman
Published: February 11, 2021

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Superintendent Eileen Shafer on Wednesday night extended remote learning for Paterson schools for another two months.

“I am recommending that we continue remote until May 1 and then we give the board another update at the April workshop meeting,” Shafer told the Board of Education.

Schools have been closed since March last year. School officials opted for remote instruction after several Covid-19 cases were reported in Paterson.

Not all students were equipped with devices last school year. Officials scrambled to get all students laptops for the school year that began in September.

The school district received $3.8 million worth of thermal cameras, digital boards, laptops, masks, and disinfectants from the municipal government in late December to open in-person schooling.

Shafer hinted she may wait until teachers and staff can get vaccinated before re-opening schools for in-person learning.

“We want to make sure that all of our educators are able to get vaccinated. I am having conversations with St. Joseph’s as well as the Paterson Board of Health,” Shafer told the school board.

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