Gov. Murphy says no statewide school closures as more districts go remote

Operational challenges, not just health risks, continue to lead to closures

With the holiday weekend behind us, many school districts are weighing whether or not to bring students back for in-person learning. The entire state recently was moved from a moderate to high COVID-19 activity level on the state’s tracking website. Schools use the data to determine health guidelines for shutting down in-person instruction and going fully remote.

Does the rise in COVID-19 infections mean students will be staying home for now? While Gov. Phil Murphy has said “The option must remain on the table” for schools to shut down statewide, he said it is not something he anticipates. Correspondent Joanna Gagis reports.