New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order that allows schools and universities to reopen for the upcoming academic year, the governor said Wednesday during the state’s Covid-19 news conference.
Universities that have been in session this summer can reopen immediately, the governor said.
“In-person instruction may fully resume immediately should institutions so desire," Murphy said.
Social distancing and other protections would have to be strictly adhered to, he said, and students that want to continue remote learning must be accommodated.
Parents and guardians have the option to choose all remote learning for students and students will be required to wear a face mask while in school.
Murphy said he will hold a phone call with the presidents of universities tomorrow.
“Districts that cannot meet all the health and safety standards for safe in-person instruction will begin their school year in an all-remote fashion,” Murphy said.
School districts will have to spell out a plan for reopening, he said.