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NA Update – Fully Remote (11/30/20 – 1/18/21)

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Good afternoon, parents and colleagues.

 

On September 8, 2020 (revised November 19, 2020), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) released a Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID19) Regional Risk Matrix that identified four levels of risk based on Percent Positivity*:  Low (<3%), Moderate (3-10%), High (10.01-20%) and Very High (>20%).  Within this document, schools are mandated to close once a region reaches greater than 20% positivity in reference to COVID19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests.  Schools may also “consider fully remote learning,” in coordination with our local health department, once a particular region reaches High Risk.  

 

On November 19, 2020, the NJDOH released the weekly COVID19 Activity Level Report, which indicates that our region (Northeast) now has a 10.04% positivity rate – High Risk.  Our region’s percent positivity has climbed eight weeks in a row from 1.44% and has increased by almost 40% over the past two weeks.  As we approach the holiday season, it is anticipated that these numbers will continue to rise.

 

Based on the guidance from the NJDOH, and in coordination with the Bergen County Department of Health (BCDOH) and the North Arlington Department of Health (NADOH), North Arlington Public Schools will be implementing fully remote learning from November 30, 2020 through January 18, 2021.  For the moment, please disregard previous information regarding our extension of Phase II.  Updates will be provided as we approach January 18, 2021, in coordination with our Restart and Recovery Committee.

 

Please remember that we have not yet identified a single individual who has been considered a “close contact” by definition, as set forth by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition within our schools.  We truly believe that our schools are safe; however, individuals who have contracted COVID19 and may not have known that they were ill have entered our schools over the past few weeks.  With this information in hand, coupled with the rising number of positive COVID19 cases across New Jersey, it is in the best interest of our school community’s health to implement fully remote learning for the aforementioned time period.

 

If your child(ren) are currently part of our Hybrid Learning Model, but wish to learn remotely next week (Monday and/or Tuesday), please contact your child(ren)’s teacher(s) so that attendance can be taken properly.

 

We appreciate everyone’s patience and support, as we continue to navigate through these challenging times.

 

Thank you and stay well.

  

Stephen Yurchak, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

*Percent positivity is the percentage of total positive COVID-19 PCR tests out of all COVID-19 PCR tests performed