More schools in Philadelphia area go virtual for back to school, citing COVID numbers – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – More and more school districts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are returning to virtual learning as students return from winter vacation, citing rising COVID numbers. Trenton Public Schools have announced that all classes will be remote from Jan.3-14.

Superintendent James Earle wrote to parents over the weekend, saying there were numerous infections in the city linked to school workers.

“The city of Trenton has seen a drastic increase in infections in recent weeks. On Monday, the health department reported recording an infection rate of 0.14% out of a total of 700 people tested in Trenton and on Wednesday this week, around 146 out of 500 people have tested positive, ”he said. -he writes. “Health officials have also indicated that many infections are ‘linked’ to staff and students at Trenton public schools.”

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Also in Mercer County, the Hamilton Township School District will go virtual all week, citing numbers and staffing issues. They hope to bring the students back in person on January 10.

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The Chester Upland School District announced on Sunday that its students will also be taking online classes for the week. Students will need to retrieve lessons via Google on Monday. Live distance education will resume on Tuesday.

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Districts are joining other school systems that have already announced their virtual plans. The Lower Merion Township School District will announce plans for the week after officials assess staff on Monday.

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