Not enough teachers: Jackson Township school district to decide on remote learning this afternoon

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JACKSON, NJ – The Jackson Township School District is scheduled to make an announcement after 1 p.m. on Sunday regarding the potential extended closing of schools or a remote learning option starting Monday due to the high rate of COVID-19 infections in the township affecting students and teachers.

The district now is concerned that it will not have enough school teachers and bus drivers to efficiently open the district to in-person learning on Monday.

“Throughout the winter break, we have been monitoring the number of COVID cases among staff members and the impact those cases will have on our ability to safely staff our buildings and/or provide transportation when the district reopens on Jan. 3, 2022,’ the district said in a statement. “As things stand right now, we are very concerned about the staffing levels both in our schools and in the transportation department. We will continue to monitor our numbers closely and will make a determination Sunday as to what our post-break status will be.”

The district said it will inform families by phone, email, and aweb post by 1 p.m. on Sunday.

“It is important that all of our families and staff members take time this weekend to make contingency plans for child care and other logistics for the possibility that some or all of our schools may need to either move to remote learning or be closed for a day or more next week,” the district said. “Over the weekend, we will be monitoring our staffing levels and aggressively seeking substitute placements or coverages in order to minimize the impact.”

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