With the school masking mandate set to expire March 7, the New Jersey Department of Health on Feb. 22 updated its public health guidance for K-12 schools and child care settings.

“While masks will not be required by the state, they remain an important part of a layered approach against COVID-19 and are recommended in certain circumstances,” said Judith Persichilli, New Jersey’s health commissioner, in a release.

Among those certain circumstances are periods of elevated community transmission and when students and staff return to school on days 6-10 of an isolation/quarantine period. (Masks will still need to be worn by everyone on New Jersey’s school buses, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

Download the updated recommendations here.

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