According to district policy, the largest school district in New Jersey will proceed with its plans to adopt a mask mandate for the 2022–2023 academic year.
According to district policy, all students and teachers at Newark Public Schools in Essex County, New Jersey, must wear masks on all school "locations and grounds" to protect against COVID-19. Additionally, the school administration advises educators and teachers to maintain a distance of three feet, wash their hands frequently, and stay at home if they have a temperature of 100.4.
A representative for Newark Public Schools, Nancy Deering, told NJ.com that “Our deep cleaning procedures and mask protocols remain, while everything else has been relaxed,”
According to Deering, the school district's collaboration with the neighbourhood health agency led to the decision to maintain the mask requirement. Even after the state mandate expired in the 2021–2022 academic year, Newark Public Schools maintained its mask requirement.
Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat from New Jersey, signed an executive order on August 15 eliminating the requirement that school systems' non-vaccinated workers undergo regular testing. The decree is effective as of September 1.
On September 6, Newark kids return to school, per a district calendar.
A request for comment from the News Foundation was not immediately met by Newark Public Schools.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on WND.