All schools in Ocean City will return to in-person learning in April, according to a letter from Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor.

Turner released a letter Tuesday laying out the plan for the return of grades 7 through 12 to return to in-person instruction five days a week as of Monday, April 12.

Ocean City school grades kindergarten through 6th grade returned to five days a week of in-person learning on Tuesday of this week.

Taylor says grades 7 and 8 will return to five full days of instruction, while grades 9 through 12 will return to school five days a week, but with all early-dismissal days.

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All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks at all times and a virtual learning option will remain in effect for any student who would feel more comfortable with remote learning.

The Superintendent points out that a survey showed that students have been extremely receptive to these efforts, with 91 percent of them opting in for in-person instruction.

Taylor says that although schools may not be able to adhere to 6 feet social distancing with full in-person instruction, the CDC recently loosened those restrictions from 6 feet down to 3 feet.

Positivity rates in Cape May County has recently dropped below 4% for the first time this year and the hope is that by April 12th, school faculty and staff will have had time to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

Ocean City’s plan for all students to return to in-person instruction is contingent on approval from the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Health, according to Dr. Taylor’s letter.

See Ocean City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor letter concerning the return to in-person learning.

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