In June, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that students will be able to attend public schools mask-free. But now, coronavirus cases are surging, thanks to the now-dominant delta variant strain. Still, New Jersey isn't re-instating the mask requirement for public schools — at least not yet, not until there's a "wholesale deterioration in health data," the governor told CNBC. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that everyone wear a mask in schools, largely because vaccines are still not available for anyone younger than 12.
"Universal masking ... has been proven effective in protecting people against other respiratory diseases," said Dr. Sara Bode. "It’s also the most effective strategy to create consistent messages and expectations among students without the added burden of needing to monitor everyone’s vaccination status."
(Patch / NorthJersey)
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