This week Governor Murphy announced guidance for the 2021/22 school year; highlighted New Jersey reached its vaccination goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated 12 days early while continuing to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated; and noted that COVID briefings will now be weekly instead of three times a week.
COVID Data for July 1, 2021:
- 246 new positive cases for a total of 893,155 confirmed cases
- 6 new confirmed deaths for a total of 23,759 confirmed deaths
- The rate of transmission is at 0.97
- 9,899,849 vaccine doses have been administered, including 5,441,746 who have received at least one dose and 4,828,882 who are fully vaccinated. 56% are Pfizer, 40% Moderna, and 4% J&J.
2021/2022 School Year Guidance
The Department of Education has issued three guidance documents to assist school districts, educators, and families provide full-time, in-person learning this fall. The three documents include:
- School Year 2021-2022 Health and Safety Guidance, which provides recommended health and safety strategies and considerations to guide the transition back to full-time in-person learning. These strategies are recommendations, not mandatory standards. According to the Department of Education, the absence of one or more of these strategies should not prevent school facilities from opening for full-day in-person operations.
- School Year 2021-2022 Self-Assessment tool that school districts may use as they implement the academic climate and culturally responsive interventions needed to successfully transition to full-time in-person learning.
- Learning Acceleration Guide resource providing specific research-based principles and strategies to accelerate learning. This resource is designed to help districts recover from COVID-19, and as a long-term comprehensive framework that anchors districts' academic, social, and emotional interventions to the common purpose of promoting global competitiveness for all students.
As a reminder, the vaccination incentive Vax Pass under the new “Vax and Visit NJ” continues. Homebound residents who have not yet connected with their local health department, or a home health agency, and who need an in-home vaccination should visit www.covid19.nj.gov/homeboundvax or contact the call center at 855-568-0545.