Rising COVID-19 instances have prompted one of New Jersey’s largest public school districts to institute a mask policy starting this Wednesday.
One of the 17 schools in the Passaic Public Schools system is Passaic High School, which serves a student body of around 14,000. Approximately 15 miles to the northwest of New York City is the city of Passaic.
Superintendent Sandra M. Diodonet informed parents on Tuesday that masks are required “during periods of a High Activity Level” of COVID-19 as certified by the state health department, per a policy adopted by the school board.
In a letter that the school system tweeted about, Superintendent Diodonet ordered that “starting Wednesday, December 21, 2022, all workers, Pre-K through grade 12 students, and guests” be obliged to hide their faces when on district property.
Public health officials in New Jersey reported “high” community levels of COVID-19 in 10 counties on Tuesday, including Passaic County. These were joined by the states of Bergen, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Union, and Warren.
Eleven Other Counties Had “medium” Transmission Rates
Diodonet stated that the mask requirement “would be lifted when Passaic County is in the moderate or below level.” In March, Governor Phil Murphy removed a statewide mask requirement.
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On Tuesday, New Jersey reported 2,207 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 confirmed deaths. That was the most fatalities recorded in a single day for the state since February 16th, when 35 people passed away.
There were an average of 1,965 positive tests every week across the state, up 3% from the previous week and 43% from the previous month.