New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy told CNBC Friday that he thinks the state’s K-12 schools will be reopened for one-to-one classes in the fall.
“We want them to do this, and I believe that they will,” Murphy told Squawk Box, acknowledging that hopes for re-opening schools could be frustrated if coronavirus cases become really bad again in the state, coming out of summer.
“Imagine that in late April in America you can predict what the end of June in America will look like. Probably none of us would understand this correctly, whether it is good or bad, ”the democrat added. “So with this great warning, after two months, I believe that we will return to school. This will be the new normal. There will be protocols that did not exist before. ”
Murphy’s comments On Friday, schools at all levels in the United States came to try to develop plans for safe student enrollment for personal learning this fall. Many schools across the country switched to distance learning in March, when the Covid-19 outbreak intensified.
Murphy said he would have more detailed information about the state plan at a press conference on Friday, but said that “there will obviously be a big emphasis on social distance.”
“The hardest thing to crack … is an asymptomatic, healthy, young man who involuntarily passed the virus to someone in the older generation and / or someone with basic health problems, and this is what we should be most careful about,” said Murphy .
Last week new jersey released mandatory recommendations and recommendations to colleges and universities about how they can resume personal studies. Schools should submit plans to the state The office of the Minister of Higher Education at least 14 days before they intend to restart. The school plan should detail protocols on social distance, use of facings, and sanitation on campus buildings.
Opening schools is crucial for the US economy as business restrictions are relaxed and more and more employees are responding back to the office and to work. Distance school and lack of childcare create problems for all workers during a pandemic.
“There is a risk of returning to school,” said Senator from Tennessee Lamar Alexander, who was Secretary of Education under President George H.V. Bush, told CNBC on Tuesday. “In my opinion, there is a great danger that you will not return to school and do no harm to children, parents and the economy.”
New Jersey is currently located in second phase its resumption of coronavirus, with restaurants allowed to offer outdoor dining, and most non-essential businesses that are able to work with capacity limitations. Malls will be open next weekCasinos can also open with 25% capacity July 2
“We must take additional steps. This is a virus that no one knows everything about, ”Murphy said. “We are learning along the way, and the advantage of incrementing is that you can learn more easily at this step.”
In New Jersey, more than 170,000 cases of Covid-19 are reported. according to the state department of health, More than 13,000 people in the state have died.
Daily incidents in New Jersey have fallen sharply since April when the state had several days more than 4000 new infectionsSince June 13, the number of daily cases has been basically less than 500.
Murphy, along with the governors of New York and Connecticut, has introduced a 14-day quarantine environment for travelers arriving from states that are experiencing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases that exceed certain benchmarks. The order currently includes Texas and Florida, which have suspended their opening plans.