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Ponds takes part in town hall with League of Women Voters

The forum’s theme, “Pandemic Platform,” covered how COVID-19 affects all aspects of life in the schools, both in the short and long term. 
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Colleges, universities prepare for holiday break amid COVID-19 pandemic

Although Montclair State University is not requiring students to be tested before they leave campus for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 26, they do conduct routine testing on certain populations, spokesperson Andrew Mees said.
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Montclair schools see many new hires, but also several departures

Since the start of the 2020-2021 school year on July 1, 22 staff members have filed leave requests for this school year. Of those, 13 have since completed their leave period and returned to work. 
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Delay of school reopening angers some parents

Montclair’s elementary schools were scheduled to reopen for hybrid learning on Nov. 16, while the middle and high schools were scheduled to reopen on Nov. 30. It’s the second delay for the district after ventilation problems were discovered in September.

Montclair schools will not reopen next week

Montclair's elementary schools were scheduled to reopen for hybrid learning on Nov. 16, while the middle and high schools were scheduled to reopen on Nov. 30. The start of hybrid learning had been delayed once before, as the schools' ventilation systems were found to be in need of upgrades before students could be admitted to the buildings.
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Jeffrey Freeman named as new Montclair High School principal

“I am looking forward to working with district leadership and the Montclair High School community to ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage in daily, rigorous learning experiences that result in the highest level of social, emotional and academic success,” Freeman said. 

Parents wonder if district busing expansion plan will be enough

Students now living 2.25 miles or farther from Montclair High School will be eligible for free busing this year. Families who live closer than 2.25 miles, however, will still need to pay for subscription busing if they want their children to take the bus to school. 
Renaissance Middle School

Renaissance parents back Putrino, call for dialogue on larger issues

Putrino was put on administrative leave following a Zoom start-of-school convocation on Sept. 2 where he showed a YouTube video of comedian Josh Pray doing a monologue about the underappreciation of teachers during remote learning.

Montclair High School holds town hall with principal candidates

On Friday, Oct. 30, officials announced that Dr. Terry Trigg-Scales was stepping down as interim principal as of that day. Assistant Principal Eileen Gilbert will serve as interim principal in the meantime. 
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School reopening postponed to Nov. 16 for elementary school, Nov. 30 for middle and...

Montclair has seen at least 77 new COVID-19 cases for the month of October, up from 55 new cases in all of September.