Gov. Murphy: New Jersey schools should be all in-person in fall; no option for remote learning
Gov. Phil Murphy says there should be no option
for remote learning, and all students
should be back in-person when the new school year starts in September.
Gov. Murphy said unless there's a big
resurgence of COVID-19, the state’s school districts should move ahead with
Monday-through-Friday in-person instruction.
In total, 90 districts remain
all-remote -- last week it was 98. Exactly 534
are using a hybrid method, that number remained the same. One more district moved
to an in-person learning, bringing that total to 143, and 44 are using a
combination of the methods – seven more than a week ago.
When it comes to next school
year though, Gov. Murphy wants the breakdown to be non-existent. He says by the
fall; all students should be in classrooms and that schools will not be able to
offer parents the option of virtual learning.
"We want to be, I want to be
unequivocal about this,” says Gov. Murphy. “We are expecting Monday through
Friday in person, every school, every district. Obviously if the world goes
sideways, we have to revisit that but as of this sitting, the answer's
The new guidance calls for allowing full-time,
in-person education now if masking and frequent hand-washing can be maintained.
It also calls for a 3-foot distance between students in the classroom.
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