An Aug. 3 update to the New Jersey Department of Education’s “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education,” revises its earlier guidance regarding the use of face coverings to require, rather than recommend, all students wear face coverings in school, except where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or in certain situations that are listed exceptions.

As a service to local school boards, NJSBA has updated the following NJSBA sample policies accordingly:

For additional information and guidance on policy development in response to the pandemic and school reopening, contact Steve McGettigan, NJSBA policy manager, at or Jean Harkness, policy consultant, at