BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is applying to the NJ Department of Education to go all virtual for students at the beginning of the school year.

The superintendent made the announcement in a message sent to parents and guardians Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced in mid August that districts can opt to be fully virtual if they can prove the need based on not being able to comply with social distancing and other safety standards, as set out in June.

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The district, at the beginning of August, had set forth a hybrid plan with groups of students only going into buildings twice a week, and doing virtual learning for the remainder of the week.

In the superintendent's message, he said the district is looking to delay the opening of school for in-person instruction.

The district, the message said, is aiming to have students return to school for in-person instruction Oct. 12.

"However, by Oct. 1, we will make a determination based upon the staffing and COVID-related conditions at the time as to whether or not we will return to in-person instruction, or remain on virtual only instruction until the end of the first marking period on Nov. 13, 2020," the superintendent said in the message.