“We understand that this school year will be unlike any that educators, families or students have experienced before,” Dehmer told reporters during the state’s regular COVID-19 briefing in Trenton. “We also understand that it will require flexibility, foresight and planning for school districts to be responsive to the needs of their families and their communities.”
Officials concede things may change as the new school year rolls out across the state.
Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Murphy again chastised Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for dragging his feet on a new pandemic stimulus package, repeating his call for specific, unrestricted funding for states.
“For New Jersey alone it’s plus or minus, probably more plus, $20 billion,” the governor said. “This is not a modest, at the edges, nice to have. This is a got to have to keep us solvent, to keep us delivering the services, to keep the front-line workers employed in our darkest hour of need as a state.”
That includes everyone from educators to health care workers and first responders, the last people you want to lay off right now.
New Jersey now reports a total of 178,345 positive cases of the virus, resulting in 13,845 deaths statewide. South Jersey accounts for more than 1,650 fatalities included in over 24,000 positive viral cases.
Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced that plans are in the works to award $94 million to firms that can provide increased testing capacity across the state.
At the same time, a private firm is being brought on board to assist in hiring more contact tracers to help prevent small outbreaks from spreading.