N.J. schools will reopen with masks, social distancing and sweeping new rules under just-released plan

Morristown High School. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown High School. File photo by Kevin Coughlin
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New Jersey’s 2,500 public schools will open their doors for the 2020-2021 school year, but classes will be unlike anything students and teachers have ever experienced before, state officials announced Friday.Students will stay six feet apart in classrooms and on buses, lunch times will be staggered and teachers will be required to wear masks, according to sweeping new guidelines released by the state Department of Education.Students will also be “strongly encouraged” to wear face coverings all day and will be required to wear them when they can’t maintain social distancing at school.The new ru…

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