GTPS planning to return to hybrid learning next week

District had previously announced last month that it's remote only instruction schedule would be extended until Monday, Feb. 15

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Gloucester Township Public Schools plans to return to hybrid learning next week, allowing for in-person learning for the first time following a prolonged stretch of remote only learning due to Camden County being in a ‘high risk’ area for COVID-19 transmission, according to Superintendent John Bilodeau.

“I am pleased to announce that as a result of both dramatically improved COVID-19 related data and updated guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health and the CDC, our district’s return to in-person instruction will be on Tuesday, Feb. 16,” said Bilodeau in a release on the district’s website.

The district had previously announced last month that it’s remote only instruction schedule would be extended until Monday, Feb. 15.

Cohort A students will resume with in-person instruction Tuesday, Feb. 16, while Cohort B students will resume in-person instruction Wednesday, Feb. 17. Additionally, students with special needs will also resume their program of instruction on Tuesday, Feb. 16, with special education students returning to their assigned schedule previously followed in November prior to transitioning to virtual learning.

Bilodeau reminded parents and community members of the numerous safety and health procedures that must be followed in order to allow for in-person learning to take place within the district.

“Please be reminded that there are several health and safety protocols which must be followed by everyone,” said Bilodeau. “The New Jersey Department of Education requires face coverings for all students while inside a school building regardless of social distancing.

“The COVID-19 Daily Screening will continue to be sent to all parents and staff every Sunday and should be referred to prior to coming into the district,” added Bilodeau. “Thermal temperature scans will continue daily for all staff and students arriving at each school.”