Linden Board of Education Addresses Rise in Covid-19 Cases and its Impact on Schools | #Education

LINDEN, NJ – National Principals Month is celebrated during October, and the Linden Board of Education recognized the hard work and dedication of their district’s administration heads.

In particular, Suzanne Olivero, Principal of School #4. On Oct. 28. Ms. Olivero successfully defended her dissertation from Seton Hall University and received her Doctorate degree. “She truly goes above and beyond for all of our students and staff,” said Board Member Tracey Birch. “For all of our principals, it’s difficult treading uncharted waters like these, but their leadership in all of our schools is appreciated,” said Birch.

During Dr. Hazelton’s Superintendent Report she referred to an email that went out notifying the school community of a staff member at School #1 who recently tested positive for Covid-19. “We’ve taken all the necessary precautions by notifying the students impacted and their parents,” she said. The Linden Department of Health has conducted a contact tracing, and that class will quarantine until Nov 9.

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As part of a continuing conversation from Tuesday’s BOE Work Session, Dr. Hazelton shared updated information regarding the increased number of coronavirus cases in the City of Linden.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27th the new case percentage increase was 70%, which is equal to 17 new cases. Linden has population of approximately 42,532 residents, so 70% is concerning. “One additional COVID case is one too high,” she adds.

The next day, the percentage of new cases was (negative) 29% with 12 new cases; and the latest data from the Department of Health website states that there have been 21 new cases as of Thursday, Oct. 29, which is equal to a 75% increase, with no new deaths reported.

The Board is working diligently to follow CDC guidelines and provide the necessary PPE for a safe school environment.

During the public comment portion of the meeting LEA President Eloy Delgado spoke. “We are in middle of once-in-a-lifetime pandemic,” he says, noting that the last time the world experienced anything like this was the Spanish Flu of the 1900s.

“It is my goal to ensure that every LEA member, Linden administrator, student, child and parent, is kept safe and that is a goal that we all share.”

“Governor Murphy stated during his address today that the second wave is basically here,” he said. Mr. Delgado stated firmly that if we must pivot and adjust how we operate in the day-to-day, we will do so in order to protect the health of our community.

Mr. Delgado also commended the elementary teachers who are with their aides and doing an amazing job adapting and succeeding at a hybrid learning model.

“They are doing something that no educational expert has ever had to do in the history of the world, which is teach virtually and in-person at the same time — and do it with grace, passion and grit.”

Many teachers, parents and administrators have requested to create a committee that focuses on the Five-Year Strategic Plan for 2020-2025. Anyone with comments, questions or concerns, as well as those who may express interest in joining the committee are encouraged to email

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