On one hand, I am glad that New Jersey is dropping the mask mandate in schools so students, teachers, administrators, colleagues and others can finally see everyone’s faces — but I am also upset, because we do not know when the next variant is coming and what it will look like.

I think Gov. Phil Murphy is making a huge mistake by dropping the mask mandate and my concern is that the COVID-19 numbers will rise and go up again. It is important that our health is prioritized and it is better to feel safe than sorry.

Noah Gale
Candidate for Montclair Board of Education


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