The state is co-signing new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that will allow more schools to open for in-person learning. New Jersey will let K-12 districts lower their social distancing requirement from 6 feet to just 3 feet in most classrooms. On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy said the new rule will apply if masking and frequent hand-washing can be maintained by students and staff.
Murphy is pushing for all schools to move toward in-person instruction, adding that, come fall, unless the pandemic worsens in the state, students should be back in classrooms Monday through Friday, with no more virtual learning. We walk through the guidelines and how they vary for different grades.