Opinion No Masks Today in New Jersey Schools

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A new day dawns in the schools of New Jersey. Teachers, students, and staff are permitted to forego masks in their classrooms at the sole discretion of their district's individual policy. This decision comes two years after the beginning of the global pandemic which has killed more than 900,000 people in the nation.

The impact of this decision within each district is unique.

  1. Each school district has the power to decide if masks will still be mandatory.

To date, most schools have chosen a mask optional approach. Exemptions include the school districts of East Orange, Trenton, Paterson, Newark, Hillside, and South Orange-Maplewood.

2. Protocols for distancing, sanitizing, and contract tracing in terms of the Covid virus are also determined by individual school districts.

3. Schools maintain the right to reverse their decisions at any time due to changes in the pandemic variants and/or population currently being affected.

A single teacher’s perspective.

Today I saw the faces of students I had not known before. I can see raw emotion and laughter in the hallway. I can read a special needs student’s face more clearly and determine both the need and effect of lessons interpreted. They can hear me without my previous muffled sound and are full of inquiry and participation. It has been a long two years and learning loss is true in reality. The career of teaching in New Jersey Schools has never been more challenging. We unite as teachers, students, and staff to move forward. We all have much to learn.

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