Paterson schools delay reopening, officials cite rising COVID-19 cases

Paterson school officials are postponing students’ return to the classroom because of rising COVID-19 cases. The school board and superintendent agreed to delay the May 3 reopening until further notice.

In the last month alone, according to the district, new COVID-19 infections increased by nearly 50% in Paterson and Passaic County. Officials pointed to a surge in positive cases linked to in-school transmission.

The local teachers union was also pushing for the pause until members could be given a tour of school buildings to check that safety measures were in place.

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