Montville parents rally to demand an end to school mask mandate

Some parents in Morris County held a rally Monday morning to protest the continued use of masks in school.

News 12 Staff

Jun 14, 2021, 11:39 PM

Updated 1,041 days ago


Some parents in Morris County held a rally Monday morning to protest the continued use of masks in school.
Parents from Montville rallied and marched to the Lazar Middle School, all with the same purpose – to urge changes to school policy and allow their kids to learn without wearing masks.
“It’s all about our parental rights being respected. It’s all about parental choice versus government mandates,” says parent Mark Mansour.
The parents have asked Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar and the Montville Board of Education to send a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy to change the mandate. The district would be joining others like Toms River, Central Regional and Point Pleasant who have all made that request of the governor.
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In a letter to the governor, the president of the Toms River Board of Education recently wrote, "The vast majority of our staff have been fully vaccinated, and the risk that COVID-19 poses to our student population - many of whom will also be vaccinated heading into next year - is extremely low.”
Murphy has said that high schools would likely be able to lose the masks first because more teenagers are getting the vaccine. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 33% of 12- to 17-year-olds have been vaccinated.
But without a vaccine approved for children under 12, unmasking at the elementary school level seems to be unlikely.
Superintendent Rovtar tells News 12 New Jersey in a statement, "With regard to the 2021-2022 school year, which is about three months away at this point in time, the governor has indicated that he will likely revisit the guidance over the summer. We await his determinations."
Some Republican legislators are also trying to override the governor's decision to wear masks in school. Two separate bills to repeal mask use are being considered.

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