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New Jersey Governor Removes Remote School Option
Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey announced that public school students would no longer have the option to learn remotely starting in September. The governor said this was due to vaccinations, declining case rates and virus protocols.
Today, I am announcing that my executive order from last Aug. 13, which has allowed school districts to provide remote instruction under certain circumstances during the 2020-2021 academic year will expire at the end of this current school year. Through this action, we are declaring that all students will be back in school for full-time, in-person instruction come the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Further, this announcement also includes the removal of the full-time remote learning option for families. Next year, parents will not be enabled to broad-scale opt their child out of in-person instruction, as was allowed during this school year. We are facing a much different world than one year ago when we had to begin planning for this school year. 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. My guess, Judy and Tina, that the vaccinations that are in trial will get, we’re going to see those, that age limit go down even further over time, hopefully sooner than later.
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