Trenton school district reinstates mask mandate as temperatures soar

It was a tough day for some having to wear face masks on Tuesday as temperatures soared into the 90s for parts of New Jersey.

Trenton students have had to revert to masking due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the district. A sign on Trenton Central High School read, “Please wear a face mask before entering.”

“You know, COVID cases are increasing and a lot of people will come into the building and not say they’re sick or coughing a lot,” says student Xiomara Rodriguez.

Rodriguez says she doesn’t mind wearing a mask because it gives her a sense of security. But for others, the warmer temperatures have made it difficult.

“It’s so hot you can’t barely breathe,” said one student.

The city of Trenton is experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Metuchen, Montclair and South Orange also brought back mask mandates.

“While we have seen only slight increases across the district, the Trenton Health Department has recommended that we reinstate the mandatory mask requirement,” Trenton Schools Superintendent James Earle said in a statement. a statement.

New Jersey stopped mandating masks in schools in March as vaccination among students became more widespread and cases and the rate of transmission plummeted.

But there have been flare-ups. The New Jersey Department of Health reports 1,872 new cases, 14 deaths and 844 people hospitalized statewide.

It is unclear whether students and staff at Trenton schools will be able to remove masks before the end of the school year. The last day of school is June 14.

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