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Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan was nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy as the new Commissioner of Education on October 20, 2020. (Photo: Edwin Torres/Governor’s Office.)

State will continue to withhold info on which schools go virtual

By Joey Fox, September 22 2021 4:22 pm

Asked which schools and school districts have been forced to switch to remote learning due to Covid outbreaks so far this fall, Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Commissioner of Education Angelica Allen-McMillan declined to provide specifics, saying that the state will only provide breakdowns by county.

“We do this [reporting] by county, and we’ll continue to do that,” Murphy said. “And that’s what we did last school year.”

The decision by the state government not to disclose details leaves the decision on whether to reveal Covid outbreaks and shutdowns up to individual schools and school districts, many of which have chosen to communicate only with parents and those directly involved in the school.

Among them is the Mendham Township Middle School, which was briefly shut down last week likely thanks to a large, Covid-spreading gathering hosted by Chris Christie’s brother. The school never widely announced the shutdown or posted any information online, and instead privately informed parents of the temporary switch to virtual learning.

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