Amid a nationwide surge of new COVID-19 fueled by the more transmissible Delta variant, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new guidelines stating that masks should be worn indoors in schools by all individuals over the age of two who are not fully vaccinated.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has gone one step further in recommending that all staff and students over the age of two wear masks, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
In light of these recommendations, New Jersey schools should, at the very least, consider implementing a mask mandate for all unvaccinated individuals in our school buildings, say democrat lawmakers.
“With COVID-19 cases on the rise among unvaccinated residents, requiring masks in schools would be the most prudent way to protect our children and educators during the upcoming school year. If there is no meaningful decrease in infections over the next few weeks, New Jersey must be prepared to reinstate masking requirements in our schools,” stated Assembly Education Committee Chairwoman Pam Lampitt.
Governor Phil Murphy is likely going to address this issue at his now once-weekly COVID press conference on Monday afternoon.