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Bloomingdale schools close over COVID-19 concerns, won't reopen in 2020

The Record, Bergen County logo The Record, Bergen County 11/30/2020 David M. Zimmer, NorthJersey.com
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BLOOMINGDALE — After being open to instruction for a few weeks, the borough's three schools closed to students again as the pandemic reaches new heights in upper Passaic County.

John Petrelli, the district’s interim superintendent, sent a letter to parents last week informing them students would not return to school after the Thanksgiving holiday. Petrelli could not be reached for comment, but in the letter he attributed the closure to the “result of staffing issues and the current transmission rate of the COVID-19 virus as reported by the New Jersey Department of Health.”

a sign in front of a house: Walter T. Bergen School in Bloomingdale. © File Walter T. Bergen School in Bloomingdale.

The three-school district opened Nov. 2 to in-person instruction at the Martha B. Day School for grades pre-K through 1. The Samuel R. Donald and Walter T. Bergen schools for students in grades 2 to 8 joined Nov. 16.

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Their closure is expected to last at least one month, with district officials set to reevaluate the full-remote education program on or about Jan. 4, 2021, Petrelli said.

Passaic County reported 292 new positive cases on Thanksgiving, roughly 1% of the more than 29,000 total positives this year. The total represents nearly 6% of the county’s total population.

David Zimmer is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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