Newark public schools opened their doors for the first time Monday since they were closed by the pandemic last year. A hybrid learning plan kicked off with in-person classes two days a week in two groupings of students and virtual instruction for all on Wednesdays. Teachers sported superhero T-shirts as kids waited in line for temperature checks.
About 40% of the district’s 39,000 students chose to return for in-person learning. Masks are being worn, desks are spaced 6 feet apart with partitions between them. Students will stay in one classroom per day and undergo strict coronavirus screening.