A.C. District Stops Hybrid Learning as Schools Are Deep-Cleaned
The Atlantic City School District has put a temporary stop to students going to class for hybrid learning and returned to completely remote learning while the district deep-cleans the school buildings.
Students and teachers will work from home during the shortened week leading up to Thanksgiving, Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 23, 24 and 25. During this time all the schools in the district will be deep-cleaned before students and teachers return to a hybrid schedule on Monday, Nov. 30.
The school district notified parents, students and staff over the weekend of the change, saying the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution".
After having completely virtual learning since mid-March, Atlantic City schools returned to a hybrid schedule just last Monday, Nov 16, only to have hundreds of teachers and staff call in sick in protest to what they felt was an unsafe work environment. Several of the schools in the district have outdated ventilation systems or none at all.
Breaking AC was the first to report that the news came in a letter from School District Superintendent Barry Caldwell...
“This decision did not come easily nor without countless considerations. The Thanksgiving Holiday Break will allow the district to initiate a deep and thorough cleaning of all schools. We believe this will ensure a safe and healthy return to Hybrid (in-person) instruction after the break.”