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Lampitt on Governor Murphy’s Announcement of Schools Returning to Full In-Person Instruction Beginning Fall 2021

(TRENTON) – In response to Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement for schools to provide full-time in-person instruction beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt (D-Camden, Burlington) released the following statement:

“Remote and virtual learning became essential tools for maintaining student academic progress while keeping our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks largely to the dedication and creativity of our educators who were forced to adapt to this new normal nearly overnight. While our schools went above and beyond to keep students engaged through remote instruction, students and educators alike agree that there is no substitute for traditional in-person classroom instruction.

“As the number of vaccinated New Jerseyans continues to increase and with transmission reaching the lowest rate since the outset of the pandemic, we are finally reaching a place where schools are able to fully and safely reopen for in-person learning. Returning to the classroom will be critical in getting students back on the path to academic success and I applaud Governor Murphy’s decision to fully reopen our schools for the coming school year.”