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Gov. Murphy: New Jersey schools will open full-time for in-person instruction this fall

Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey schools will be open full-time for in-person instruction for the new school year.

News 12 Staff

May 17, 2021, 7:48 PM

Updated 1,105 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey schools will be open full-time for in-person instruction this fall.
During a news conference on Monday on the COVID-19 outbreak, Murphy said that an executive order he signed in August allowing schools to offer remote and hybrid learning will expire at the end of the current school year.
The announcement ends the governor’s previous order that allowed school districts to go virtual. Now parents will no longer have the option to opt-out of in-person learning for their children.
“We know much more about this virus and how it spreads. We have much more on-the-ground experience in fighting it. And we have a robust vaccination program that now reaches adolescents as young as 12,” Murphy said.
Schools will only be permitted to be virtual in the case of a localized outbreak to another emergency.
The Hamilton Township School District held a vaccine clinic on Monday for its students in preparation for the return to school in September. But vaccinations will not be mandatory for students.
“Parents, students, staff are looking forward to returning to in-person schooling and a lot of people are excited about hearing that announcement,” said Superintendent Scott Rocco.
The Hamilton Township School District said they're prepared to return safely and will have the proper protocol in place to be able to accommodate their students at the start of the new school year when full-time in-person schooling comes back.
Meanwhile, the parents of some students in New Jersey are speaking out against the governor's decision to no longer offer virtual options for students.
“The governor needs to give us a choice. Thirty-three states have adopted a virtual component,” says Deanna Nye, with New Jersey Parents for Virtual Choice. “California was the first Blue State to adopt a virtual component and we really need him to follow, because in-person isn't for everybody.”
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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