The return on a hybrid learning schedule was made possible, after several delays, when the Montclair Public Schools district and the Montclair Education Association last month settled a lawsuit prompted by MEA members’ refusal to return in January over safety concerns. Montclair’s schools originally planned to reopen for some in-person learning in September, but the district opted to push that date back because ventilation systems in most of the buildings were deemed inadequate. Schools superintendent Jonathan Ponds pushed back a second expected reopening date in November because of a high rate of community transmission of the novel coronavirus.
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Students remain on an rotating schedule, classified as “Mounties” or “Bulldogs,” and those families that opt to keep their children home may to so. The district is observing masking and social distancing requirements, as well as conducting batch coronavirus testing to flag potential safety concerns.