Murphy’s mask mandate for schools draws some parental opposition

Most NJ schools are reopening for full in-person instruction next week

Most of New Jersey’s schools are reopening for full in-person instruction next week. But Gov. Phil Murphy’s order that children should wear face masks on their return to school is a source of some conflict.

Most parents support the idea of kids being masked in school. But opposition has been voiced in some school districts.

In some districts, parents were given the option to attest that wearing masks “inhibited their child’s health,” an exemption listed in the governor’s executive order. Last week Murphy issued an expanded order that requires medical documentation to support such claims.

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