HOLMDEL, NJ - The regular press conference by Governor Murphy was held as scheduled at 1PM Friday. New details emerged about the growing toll of the pandemic in New Jersey.
According to the Governor today, he 'personally' expects students will be wearing face masks when they return to school. Schools remain closed until May 15th. He was asked the question during the media inquiry portion of the meeting.
"I would bet the answer is yes that we (students) will be masked when kids go back to school. I'm giving you a personal opinion on the kids wearing masks. That would be my personal guess. That's an opinion, not a mandate."
Based on the tremendous number of Executive Orders, an opinion may be more likely a mandate as the situation evolves. it may be of value to local families and schools to determine how to supply masks by May 15th and what process and training may be indicated for children from Kindergarten to Senior Year in high school to manage such a requirement. Concerns may include:
- Supplies for students and teachers
- Class size maximums and social distancing
- Classroom seating charts
- Policies/enforcement for not wearing masks
- Requirements to take temperatures on entry/exit
- Process of participation in sports and mask requirements
Parents may want to get ahead of it and order NOW since masks are in short supply.
A mask requirement may result in an inability to open schools at all due to lack of masks. More expected as the pandemic continues.Please follow us on FACEBOOK and like the page!
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