FILE- In this April 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his daily press briefing at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP)
UPDATED 12:50 PM PT – Wednesday, August 12, 2020
New Jersey has reversed course and will now allow all schools to reopen amid the pandemic. Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Wednesday, which will permit schools from pre-K through college to hold both in-person classes and online courses for the academic year.
The governor reportedly came to the decision after working with state and school district officials to come up with new protective measures, which will ensure the safety of all attending staff and students.
This came after hundreds of teachers and district officials refused to hold in-person classes due to health concerns.
FILE – In this July 24, 2020 file photo, Fairfax County Public School buses are lined up at a maintenance facility in Lorton, Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
“It became fruitless to continue to try to do what was impossible, so they’re going to spend the next five weeks making remote learning the best it possibly can be,” stated one school district official.
All New Jersey students will be allowed to take courses either online or in person. Those who choose to take courses on campus will be required to wear a face mask.