After more than a year of remote learning, roughly 40 percent of Newark’s PreK-12 students were expected to start part-time in-person instruction on April 12.

For Newark Teachers Union (Local 481) member Catia Nascimento, classroom mitigation strategies go hand in hand with behavior conducted outside of school buildings.

“We’re trying to provide a very safe environment to learn,” said Nascimento, who teaches at East Side High School, in a recent NJ Advance Media story by Rebecca Panico. “The only way that’s going to be possible is if people in the community do not engage in risky activities that can make them more susceptible to having COVID.”

With pool testing and other protocols in place, Newark Teachers Union President John M. Abeigon has confidence that the school district will manage outbreaks in a timely manner, writes Panico.

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