After New Jersey's statewide mandate for masks inside schools and childcare facilities, the state will still recommend face coverings in certain situations under more Wednesday.
Those decisions will remain entirely in the hands of local districts and childcare facilities. According to officials, the state Department of Health's guidance is intended to help with local policies.
With this guidance, we have every confidence in our schools, again working with their own medical personnel and local health officials, to maintain safe learning environments, said the governor during.
Murphy cited New Jersey's as well as increased immunization numbers. Due to federal transportation regulations, face coverings are still required on buses.
We encourage school districts and childcare centers to consult with their local health departments and school nurses in determining if a universal masking police is appropriate, said state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli Wednesday. While masks will not be required by the state as of March 7, they remain a significant part of a layered strategy against COVID-19, and are recommended in certain situations.
Physical distancing, health screenings, contact tracing, excluding infected students and staff, and ventilation systems were all identified among the other layers.
"Staff and parents must make masking decisions based on their specific circumstances," she said.
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Multiple scenarios when local mask requirements are recommended in schools and childcare, according to Persichilli
In the following instances, schools who choose not to implement a universal masking policy are required:
A similar set of, including separate restrictions for children who are currently inadmissible to immunizations due to age limitations, was also enacted by the state.
All six New Jersey counties are showing "moderate" COVID-19 activity in the weekly CALI score measure for the week ending February 12. This was the first week this year all six regions were below the high or very high levels of activity.
"Departure of a healthy and safe environment is crucial in keeping kids in school," said Persichilli.
Murphy said that people and staff members will be permitted to continue wearing masks if they choose, "and to do so without fear of being bullied or otherwise singled out for making that choice."
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