The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Dear Hoboken School Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family well. As you know, the Hoboken Public School District has already announced that we will shift to remote learning the week after Thanksgiving, for one full week.


Over the past two days, we have been dealing with a few situations in which staff members and students have been placed on self quarantine due to coming in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Most often this situations are individuals outside of our school community. Our regional area is marked in the "orange" high risk COVID-19 range. I watch this rating very closely. In addition to these COVID-19 situations, it is also cold and flu season. Both our students and staff members are affected and we have seen a rise in absences. In order to operate our schools in the most safe and efficient manner, we must be fully staffed. We are now seeing absences at our paraprofessional, teacher, and administrative levels.


Our staff members have been so incredible. Even when home, self quarantining or caring for themselves or family members, our staff members have been teaching into their classrooms or hosting meetings from home.


While this may not be wildly popular, I must shift the district to remote learning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week as well, for all PK-12 grade students. This will provide us with two full weeks out of the school buildings. This time frame will complete any quarantine that begins as of today, and will provide an adequate window of time after Thanksgiving if anyone begins to present with symptoms. We will be changing our COVID-19 form to include travel questions.


All children have been asked to bring their belongings home with them, including what will be needed for remote learning from Monday, November 23rd through Friday, December 4th. We will return to onsite learning on Monday, December 7th. Please be aware that I will be monitoring the COVID-19 data locally and statewide very closely. There certainly is a possibility that this remote learning shift could be extended. If it is necessary, you will be informed immediately.


Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and commitment. In the midst of this trying time, take a moment to be proud of all the good things we are doing in the Hoboken Public Schools. We are all doing our best during this very complex period of time.


Sincerely,

Christine Johnson

Superintendent

Hoboken Public Schools - A District Dedicated to Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

Our Vision

The Hoboken Public School District will be recognized as a premier educational choice and widely known as a best-practice model for academic growth, high quality instruction, innovative and equitable programs, engagement, facilities and personalized pathways that are essential for college, career and life-preparedness in our ever-changing, interconnected global society.


Our Mission

The Hoboken Public School District will prepare confident and resilient graduates who value academic achievement, embrace challenge, honor diversity, appreciate collaboration, and respectfully contribute to their local and wider communities.


Our District Goals

The Hoboken Public School District will implement a rigorous, relevant and responsive curriculum that meets the needs of all students, fosters personalized pathways for learning, and ensures continuous academic growth.


The Hoboken Public School District will support its diverse staff in professional growth, encourage them to serve as role models, and empower them to provide the highest quality of instruction for our students.


The Hoboken Public School District will develop and implement unique and innovative programs that promote global learning, ensure equitable access, and foster the social, emotional and academic growth of each student.


The Hoboken Public School District will engage and communicate with families and the wider community to bridge understanding and advance partnerships.


The Hoboken Public School District will operate well-maintained and safe facilities that respond to our growing student enrollment, support our academic and co-curricular programs, and promote pride across the city.