Camden City School District to keep masks on after March 7; Gov. Murphy defends lifting school mandate

The Camden City School District is the latest to say they will be keeping masks on after March 7, and according to Gov. Phil Murphy – it’s their call.
The news comes days after the governor announced plans to lift mask mandates in New Jersey schools.   
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Newark was the first district to announce they'd continue mask mandates in schools, but still, most districts are expected to make them optional.
Gov. Murphy spoke nationally about lifting the mandate.
"As best we can tell right now this thing is going from pandemic to endemic and we felt it is the responsible step to take to allow districts to if they so choose based on their local health realities working with their local health officers to make decisions on their own,” says Gov. Murphy. “My gut tells me particularly as we get into warmer weather in the spring and assuming the virus continues to go in the right direction, you'll have the overwhelming amount of districts and lifting the mandate."
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Murphy has implemented some of the strictest measures in the nation.
Once the mandate is gone, it'll be the first time students across the state will head to class without masks in almost two years