NJ schools won’t be allowed to offer any virtual learning options next year, governor says
New Jersey’s schools will return to full in-person classes for the next school year and districts will not be allowed to offer virtual learning, even for parents who want that option due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, Gov. Phil Murphy said.
“As we’re sitting here now, no,” Murphy said during his latest coronavirus briefing in Trenton, responding to NJ Advance Media’s question about preserving that option even if districts are required to offer full in-person classes. “I want to unequivocal about this. We are expecting Monday through Friday, in-person, every school, every district. Obviously, if the world goes sideways, we have to revisit that. But as of this sitting, the answer is no.”
The governor has said he’s “fully expecting” schools across New Jersey to return for in-person learning “safely and responsibly” when the next school year starts in September. And if that’s the case, virtual learning is out.
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