Yesterday, Governor Murphy signed three Executive Orders that are having a massive impact on the livelihoods, health, and education of New Jerseyans.
Executive Order #119 extends the Public Health Emergency declared on March 9, 2020, which ended April 8th – for an additional 30 days, through May 7th.
Executive Order #118 closes all state parks and forests and county parks to further social distancing measures.
Executive Order #117 waives 2019-2020 statutory school year assessment requirements for eighth-grade students and twelfth-grade students who have not yet met the graduation assessment requirement due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Needless to say, at least two of these orders signed yesterday by Governor Murphy impact our every day lives in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few months ago. (As to the third, I cannot imagine many complaints from our students!)
These executive orders are now the law, and I urge all NJ residents to comply, whether you agree or not, as we work to get past this dreadful time in our State’s and Nation’s history.
While some feel the curve of this pandemic is “flattening”, we must take every precaution to protect our loved ones, our neighbors, and all our fellow New Jerseyans and fellow Americans.