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A NJ School Superintendent On Leave Over a Mask Dispute

Manalapan, NJ (WABC) — Dr. John Marciante, the superintendent of The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District, has been placed on administrative leave by the Board of Education. The board made the decision on Tuesday after Dr. Marcinate refused to make wearing face masks optional for students.

The Superintendent said he would continue to abide by NJ Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order that allows for mask removal only in extreme heat.

A survey showed the majority of parents wanted it, but the state mandate still required masks inside the school.

“I am not going to make this decision because it’s against the mandate,” Marciante said. “It’s against the CDC.”

Marciante is retiring at the end of the academic year after 14 years.

According to New Jersey’s official state website, face masks are no longer required in most outdoor settings and indoor settings, however, based on CDC guidance, unvaccinated individuals should continue wearing a face-covering in public spaces – especially indoors – to protect themselves and others.

Face masks are still required for all individuals on public transportation, health care facilities, including nursing homes and office-based health care settings, child care centers, K-12 schools, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities, which remain subject to existing requirements and/or recommendations.

In addition, businesses may continue to require face coverings for employees, customers, and guests. Businesses are not permitted to restrict the use of face masks by their staff, customers, or visitors.

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