From the Star Ledger:
“Now is the time for all of our schools to meaningfully move forward with a return to in-person instruction, whether it be full-time or with a hybrid schedule,” Murphy said during his regular coronavirus briefing in Trenton.
The governor pointed to billions in federal funding headed to schools from the American Rescue Plan and said his administration is doing everything in its power “to get as many kids back safely and responsibly into a classroom.”
Murphy’s comments come as the number of students with the opportunity to attend classes in person continues to grow. The governor reported 142 school districts, serving 107,498 kids, are now providing full in-person instruction. Another 534 districts, representing 843,394 students, are operating under hybrid schedules.
However, 317,044 students across 98 districts remain in all-remote instruction a full year after most schools initially closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parent frustration in many of those communities has long since boiled over, leading to parent rallies, legal battles and even a police investigation into the suggestion of “physical violence” against those keeping schools closed.