COVID-19 and New Jersey: Schools will be completely reopened next fall; cancellation of mask mission and travel advisory
The days of distance learning will be a thing of the past for New Jersey students in the next academic year.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Monday that all schools in New Jersey will be required to reopen next fall for full-time in-person teaching.
One An executive order was signed last summer Murphy said the option to allow school districts to provide distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic will expire at the end of the school year.
Although the summer school curriculum will not be affected, full-time distance learning will no longer be open to students.
Murphy said: “The world we face is very different from when we had to start planning for this school year a year ago.” “We know more about this virus and how it spreads. We are interacting with this We have more field experience in the fight against the virus, and we have a strong vaccination program that can now cover up to 12-year-olds.”
Murphy’s announcement was made by Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers. Called last week Let all schools resume full-time face-to-face teaching.
Weingarten said: “We know this is the best way for children to learn, and long-term isolation is harmful.” “Unless we fully return to school, the United States will not fully return. And my union will go all out. .”
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was originally Authorized last week Provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for teenagers between 12 and 15 years of age.Pfizer Project Seek authorization Suitable for children aged 2-11 in September.
State officials have Encourage school districts to implement some face-to-face learning If conditions permit, this can be done this school year.But Murphy Said in March He hopes that all school districts can resume face-to-face learning in the fall.
Murphy’s message was also responded to at the federal level. President Joe Biden has repeatedly urged the school to fully reopen.
In February The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidelines for reopening schools.This guide Five basic strategies were identified: masks, social isolation, hand hygiene, hygiene and improved ventilation, and isolation and isolation. Vaccines are considered another layer of preventive measures.
During the pandemic, 281 COVID-19 outbreaks occurred in schools in New Jersey. according to State’s COVID-19 Information Center. Including 1,263 cases. Approximately 38% of outbreaks and about one-third of infections occurred in New Jersey.
New Jersey cancels mandatory regulations on outdoor masks, travel advisory
New Jersey has taken two more steps to restore life before the pandemic by terminating its COVID-19 travel advisory and outdoor mask authorization.
Murphy said people traveling to New Jersey and residents returning home no longer need to self-quarantine upon arrival. Residents are encouraged to continue to abide by all COVID-19 health and safety procedures when traveling domestically and abroad.
COVID-19 travel advisory in the state Effective last June Because of the surge in infections in other parts of the country.New Jersey Travel advisory services were relaxed last month Therefore it no longer applies to people who are fully vaccinated.
Murphy said that in any case, it is no longer necessary to wear a mask in outdoor public places.Previously, they were needed in the following places Social distancing is not feasible.
Although the CDC said last week that Americans have been fully vaccinated In most indoor and outdoor environments, it is no longer necessary to wear a mask, New Jersey will continue to implement its indoor mask regulations.
Murphy said: “Although we have made great progress, we have not gotten out of the predicament.” “Most people in New Jersey are still not vaccinated. When you go to the supermarket or hardware store, we don’t check anything at the door. People’s vaccine status. I don’t know how we expect workers to tell who is vaccinated. This is not the case. It is unfair to hand the burden of business owners and frontline employees to police sponsors.
“We have achieved as much as we can because we all recognize that this pandemic requires us to become more selfless and less selfish, and this is one of them.”
Murphy said that “in the near future” the regulations on indoor masks will be abolished, once more residents receive the vaccination. But he said the state “needs more time” before the regulations were relaxed.
Murphy said: “We can’t yet, because we have to know unequivocally that doing so will not cause our progress to go backwards.” “Because there are millions of people there, we are running this virus. Please remember. Live, we were at the epicenter of this epidemic both times. We overwhelmed the curve both times. We are determined to make sure there is no third time.”
New Jersey’s goal is to provide 4.7 million adults with full vaccination by the end of June. Approximately 82% of the goals are achieved. Murphy said that more than 8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been vaccinated and 3.86 million residents have been fully vaccinated.
The state reported 556 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, an 88% drop from early April. The state recorded 827 COVID-19 hospitalizations, a drop of 63%. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time in six months has fallen below 900.
The COVID-19 transmission rate across the state is now 0.59.