In brief: Latest from Gov. Murphy on school plans

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy spoke at length about school guidance for the upcoming academic year July 24 in Trenton as part of his COVID-19 update.

“Our top priority is keeping students, their families and educators safe, and to do that, flexibility, local decision-making and empowering parents and educators are all critical,” Murphy said near the outset in reference to the Department of Education’s updated all-remote learning option.

Other comments from Murphy related to schools:

“We are not mandating any one specific way to move forward.”

“We will make changes in real time if needed.”

“The specific agenda today is to provide flexibility — for parents, for districts, for kids.”

“We found the money to provide universal devices and internet access to every single kid going to school in this state.”