Back to school: Newark to continue masking policies and other COVID protocols even as students return

Newark, NJ (WABC) — New Jersey’s largest school district welcomes students into the new year, with several COVID protocols still in place.

Newark public schools will not lift the requirement that students and teachers wear masks at the start of classes on Tuesday.

Most school districts in the state and country have eased COVID restrictions, but Newark public schools require everyone to wear a mask.

“I think it’s good to keep the mask on, protect yourself and wash your hands as much as possible,” said one parent.

This is the same policy the school district did last year and summer.

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Although some teachers and parents have expressed dissatisfaction with the policy, the policy has the support of the Newark Teachers’ Union.

“If your child is upset that you have to wear a mask in the classroom, get them vaccinated,” said John Abeigon, president of the Newark Teachers Union. The higher the number of masks, the faster those masks can run out.”

School officials will review the policy later this fall to determine whether restrictions can be relaxed.

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