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‘All-Remote’ Student Learning Guidance to Be Released

The New Jersey Department of Education will release guidance later this week allowing parents to have the option of “all-remote” learning for their children when schools eventually reopen, Gov. Phil Murphy said at today’s state press conference.

Without offering further details, Murphy said, “There are a lot of moving parts with this. And being [associated with] back to school, this is about as complex a step that we – or any American state – will take. We want to get it right.”

He added, “We want to do it responsibly. We want to respect public health, but we also want to do everything we can to try to recapture that magic of some semblance of in-person education that no state does like New Jersey.”

The Resumption of High-Risk Sports

Murphy meanwhile said that contact drills, practices and even competition can resume today for high-risk sports such as football, rugby, boxing, martial arts, and cheerleading – as long as the activity occurs in outdoor settings and also adheres to New Jersey Department of Health guidelines.

“We do feel confident that in an outdoor setting and with the proper public health and safety protocols in place – and being followed, by the way – these sports, as we had predicted, may resume,” Murphy said.

John Robert Lewis

Murphy also ordered the state’s flags to fly at half staff in honor of civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Robert Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 80.

Murphy said, “Throughout his 60 years fighting for the rights of African Americans and all who have faced oppression and bigotry, Congressman Lewis dedicated the past 34 years to fighting for our national soul in the halls of Congress.”

Public Health Update

Today marks New Jersey’s 97th COVID-19 state press conference, where at total of 13,741 confirmed fatalities and an additional 1,974 “probable deaths” have been announced since March.

There were 177 new COVID-19 cases announced today as 798 New Jerseyans remain hospitalized, with 146 of those patients in intensive care.

The statewide coronavirus rate of transmission stands at 0.90.

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