After months of remaining closed to curb the spread of COVID-19 New Jersey’s colleges are taking a step toward reopening for in-person classes. Today the Murphy administration released guidance and told higher ed institutions they’ll need to submit restart plans at least two weeks before any staff or students return to campus. That date, it appears, is up to them.
The plans will be reviewed by the State Department of Health and need to focus on 10 categories like housing, dining, class instruction and transportation. Because of social distance requirements most schools will likely have a hybrid of in-person and virtual classes. Everyone will be required to wear masks indoors.
The Governor also signed an executive order allowing for other education re-openings July 1st. Career and training schools along with in-person clinical, lab and hands-on programming can resume. The administration says these institutions will play a big role in the state’s recovery.