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Gov. Murphy urges more New Jersey school districts to reopen, whether fully in-person or hybrid system

Gov. Phil Murphy is urging more school districts across New Jersey to reopen, one year to the day that all of the Garden State’s schools made the change to all-remote learning.

News 12 Staff

Mar 18, 2021, 11:09 AM

Updated 1,188 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy is urging more school districts across New Jersey to reopen, one year to the day that all of the Garden State’s schools made the change to all-remote learning.
After a year of reopenings and closings, the governor says he wants to see even more of the state's students back in classrooms in some capacity soon -- whether that be fully in-person or a hybrid system.
Currently, 142 districts are open for all in-person learning, which covers more than 107,000 students – 843,000 students in 534 districts are using a hybrid method, 317,000 students in 98 districts have yet to return to a classroom, and 37 districts serving more than 85,000 are using some sort of a combination of the three methods.
Gov. Murphy says it will be best for both students and teachers to get back inside of classrooms.
"We know there are students across our state who have fallen behind due to the burden and stress of remote learning and it is time to stem this tide before more students follow way,” says Gov. Murphy. “A full year out of their classrooms is not how students move forward or how our world-class extraordinary educators move forward in their professions for that matter."
While districts work to finish this school year with some in-person learning, the governor pointed out the next school year is less than six months away. By then, he expects all of the state's schools to be fully open for in-person learning.


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