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New Jersey Schools to Give Students an All-Remote Option in Fall

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 7/20/2020 Elise Young
a close up of a boat: Navistar International Corp. school buses are stored at the San Diego Unified School District Transportation Department in San Diego, California, U.S., on Thursday, July 9, 2020. The U.S. economy is caught in the middle of President Trump's tug-of-war to reopen schools -- and could end up damned no matter what happens. © Bloomberg Navistar International Corp. school buses are stored at the San Diego Unified School District Transportation Department in San Diego, California, U.S., on Thursday, July 9, 2020. The U.S. economy is caught in the middle of President Trump's tug-of-war to reopen schools -- and could end up damned no matter what happens.

(Bloomberg) -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the state’s plan for reopening schools will give parents the option to choose entirely online education if they’re concerned about the coronavirus.

Murphy, speaking at a press conference in Trenton, said the state is planning to teach children both at home and in classrooms this fall. He said it will issue guidance to parents about the all-at-home option.

New Jersey has 1.5 million students attending about 2,500 public schools. Pupils in public and private schools started remote learning in mid-March through the session’s end in June.

New Jersey, an early virus epicenter, has fallen to 47th among U.S. states for

new cases reported per 100,000 residents, Murphy said. The state reported 13,741 test-confirmed dead, plus 1,974 fatalities with no tests but with a suspected Covid-19 link.

(Updates with statistics.)

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