JERSEY CITY, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Jersey City Schools won’t reopen for live study until September.
Public school officials notified parents of this decision earlier this week.
The decision did not go well for some people.
Jenn Sforza said she felt eclipsed by the voicemail she received from School Director Franklin Walker on Sunday.
She says he has returned his promise to his parents that he will reopen schools for face-to-face learning.
“He brought in all the teachers to set up classrooms for this first day. He gave us hope. He made it seem like it was going to happen and he didn’t. He didn’t, ”said Sforza.
The district was expected to have a combined academic schedule next Monday, but the plan has been postponed. Instead, the district’s 30,000 students will continue learning distance through September.
During a virtual meeting, Walker blamed the lack of staff. He said more than 500 teachers and staff members requested accommodation to teach at home.
“Schools cannot safely welcome students with an amazing number of teachers and semi-professional staff working from home,” Walker said.
CORONA VI-WITHDRAWAL PLANTS
It’s not just the parents who are outraged.
Mayor of Jersey City Steven Fulop There was also harsh rhetoric for the district, questioning how leaders were unable to find some version of face-to-face learning when the surrounding counties of Newark and New City. York has.
“At the end of the day, it’s just the lack of leadership there and that’s a big deal. Fulop told CBS2.
Sforza says the impact of distance learning on children, including those, is detrimental.
“For 12 months, my son learned from his monitor, in his room in front of the screen. How does that not affect our children? ” she speaks.
Sforza is part of a group of Jersey City parents who plan to challenge this decision. They are holding a rally in front of the Office of the Education Commission at 9am on Thursday.
CBS2’s Christina Fan contributed to this report