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Jun 08, 2021

Middletown School District Responds to Gov. Murphy’s Adjusted Mask Mandate

As temperatures soar across the state, Gov. Phil Murphy has said teachers, staff and students may remove their masks in school.

“It is hot today, and above-average temperatures and humid conditions are forecast for at least the next couple of days,” Murphy noted Monday. “As a reminder to all schools officials, our current masking requirements do include exceptions for cases of extreme heat in outdoor settings and for situations indoors or outdoors where wearing a mask would inhibit the individual’s health. School officials are empowered to relax masking among students and staff in their buildings, given extreme weather conditions, and we hope they will make the right calls for their educational communities.”

Locally, the Middletown Township Public School district is relaxing its mask mandate by allowing individual parents and students to decide if wearing a face covering is the best option for the student’s health.

“Effective immediately, any student or staff member whose health is inhibited by wearing a face mask, may choose not to wear a mask during the remainder of the 2021-2021 school year, in alignment with [New Jersey Department of Health] guidelines,” Middletown officials said in an email to parents Tuesday.

The message continued, “Staff members and students who choose to continue to wear face masks are encouraged to do so, and the district remains committed to its ongoing efforts to safeguard the health and safety of our school community.”