Posted June 29, 2021
Whether school districts must require that students continue to wear face coverings upon their return to in-person classes in the upcoming 2021-2022 School Year.
No. As of June 28, 2021, Governor Murphy announced that the State will not require students to wear masks in school when the next academic year begins. Instead, it will be up to individual school districts to decide whether to implement a mask policy. However, it was recommended that school districts keep social distancing between students whenever possible, create procedures for when a student/staff member develops COVID-like symptoms, and keep in contact with local health officials.
Ultimately, mask rules and other school guidance could change if the number of outbreaks in the State worsen or if there are any other notable developments during the pandemic. In the meantime, any student or educator who feels more comfortable wearing a mask may do so.
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