Ocean County superintendent asks Murphy to drop mask requirement in schools

Largest teacher unions say masks should still be required

The majority of school-age children are still not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination though that could change come September. Until then reaction is mixed among the education community over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new mask-wearing guidance. Both the NJEA and AFT, the largest unions representing teachers in New Jersey and nationally, are calling for mask requirements to continue in schools.

One superintendent in Ocean County doesn’t agree with keeping the mandate in place. Central Regional Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides penned a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy saying it’s time for students and teachers to ditch their masks.

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