Murphy rejects NJ parents’ requests for distance learning option

As tens of thousands of parents demand the ability to start the school year remotely, Gov. Phil Murphy reiterates that won’t happen.

Despite the continued spread of the COVID Delta variant and every county in New Jersey now listed as having a high transmission rate, Murphy insists all K-12 schools in New Jersey are returning to full-time classroom learning. in two weeks.

However, Murphy acknowledged the fluidity of the situation and said districts had been told they needed to have individual contingency plans. “Absent, please God, from any epidemic,” Murphy told reporters this week, “We’re back to business at school in person.”

Nearly 20,000 parents having signed a petition requiring the state to allow a virtual learning option. The reasons vary. Some parents are just not comfortable sending their children back to a classroom, others have childcare and labor issues, and still others say their children have done better with it. distance learning.

While we understand that learning in person is best for many students, we also know that learning virtually is best for other children. Families deserve to have CHOICE in raising our children and doing what is best for our children. – petition

These parents also request a meeting with the governor. Murphy said they would get a meeting, but not necessarily with him.

Murphy has been peppered with questions from reporters this week about what happens if there is a COVID outbreak at school. He said it was “very clear” that districts need to have a contingency plan, but did not give details on what they would look like.

The New Jersey Department of Education posted a note two weeks ago this required districts to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak and have a plan for quarantining students, but the exact planning is left to individual districts.

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