By: Kaitlyn Kudriavetz, Writer / Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern
BRIDGETON, N.J. — As COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continue to rise, Bridgeton Public Schools has decided that it will continue to operate remotely through February 16.
Compared to the average of 10 cases per day in October, Cumberland County is currently reporting an average of 100 cases daily. The increasing case numbers in combination with the current availability of vaccines were primary factors in making the decision to stay virtual, Superintendent Keith Miles said in his statement on January 7.
“As a result of information reported by our local Health Department, and the slower than expected roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination, Bridgeton Public Schools has made the difficult decision to remain 100% remote at least through February 16, 2021,” Superintendent Miles said in a letter to the community. “While we want all students to return to in-person classes as quickly as possible, our first priority is the safety of our students and staff.”
Meal distribution programs will continue to operate during this period from 4-6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at Broad Street School, Indian Avenue School, ExCEL program, and Buckshutem Road School.
Technological service appointments will also be available to parents on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Miles strongly encourages that students keep their cameras on for maximum classroom engagement. For parents or students who do not want their background showing, he suggests using the virtual background feature.
You can read Superintendent Miles’ full letter to the community here.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.