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COVID-19 Closes Paterson Schools Until January

The Paterson school district will pay the legal fees of a parent who fought for her child with autism.
The Paterson school district will pay the legal fees of a parent who fought for her child with autism. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Paterson schools will remain closed for in-person learning until January.

The district's Board of Education on Wednesday passed a resolution to extend in-person learning until Jan. 19.

“Given the predominant local pandemic conditions, we cannot in good conscience, allow school buildings to reopen at this time,” Board of Education President Kenneth Simmons said. 

“I thank the district administration for their due diligence in gathering the data to enable the Board Commissioners to make an informed, scientifically-based decision that is in the best interests of Paterson Public Schools students, families, and staff.” 

There have been 16 COVID-19 outbreaks in schools where in-person learning has restarted, NorthJersey.com reports.

There have been nearly 60 outbreaks between staff members and students across New Jersey's schools this year, the report said. Passaic County ranks third in the state in the number of new cases linked to in-school transmission.

The district will assess local pandemic conditions by Dec. 15 to determine if it is safe to open school buildings in January.

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