Per Governor Murphy's announcement on August 6, 2021, masks will be required in schools at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
At the August 4, 2021 Board of Education Meeting, the Vineland Public Schools superintendent and administrative team presented the district’s Road Forward plan for the upcoming school year.
The district will return to full-day, full-time, in-person instruction and operations for the 2021-22 school year. Currently, parents and guardians do not have an option to select virtual instruction in place of an in-person program. The district will continue to employ COVID-19 prevention strategies, including physical distancing when able, washing hands and using hand sanitizer, and thorough cleaning of buildings and key touch points, including desks, countertops, doorknobs, and keyboards.
Barring a significant change in health metrics, school districts shall determine masking policies on the local level. As of today, August 5, masks are optional at the start of the school year except on school buses, where they are mandatory. The CDC, however, recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time, in-person learning in September with layered prevention strategies in place. The district will be in constant communication should a mask requirement be put in place, either on the district level or per a state mandate.
Parents/caregivers are strongly encouraged to monitor their children daily for signs of illness. Students who are sick should not attend school.
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