The Hoboken Public School District announced on August 25th that upon returning to in-person classroom teaching this upcoming school year, staff and students age 12 and up must be vaccinated as well as adhere to mask mandates while in the school buildings.
“The Hoboken Public School District is committed to following CDC guidelines as a minimum benchmark and will refer all clarification questions to the Local Department of Health, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Office of Human Services. The Hoboken Board of Education reserves the right to implement more stringent guidelines,” the press release stated.
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Not only will staff members and students who are above the vaccination age (12) be required to show proof of vaccination. The district is also enforcing a mask mandate, stating, “As per the Governor’s Executive Order, the Hoboken Public School District requires all staff, students, and visitors to any of our buildings wear masks.”
If a staff member or student is not vaccinated and is above age 12, they will face weekly PCR testing on Fridays of each week, starting September 17th.
The official reopening plan continued, “The Hoboken Public School district will ask all staff members to provide proof of vaccination. If proof of vaccination is provided, onsite district-wide COVID PCR testing on Fridays will not be required. If proof of vaccination is not provided for any reason, those will sit for onsite COVID PCR Testing.”
The district will randomly select staff and students for PCR testing on Fridays of every week, starting September 17, says the district. “Parents and Guardians of randomly selected students will be notified two days in advance (on Wednesdays) so that they may either be present for testing or make arrangements to take their child to an alternative location for testing.”
“I applaud Superintendent Dr. Christine Johnson and her team for instituting a vaccine or testing requirement for all faculty and students 12 years of age and up this school year,” said Mayor Bhalla in a statement. “This robust plan to continue to provide safe, in-person educational instruction will ensure that students and families feel protected in the classroom and will limit the spread of COVID-19 among our children. I strongly encourage all other institutions and businesses in Hoboken to adopt similar policies.”