With nearly 800 students in COVID quarantine, N.J. district has no plans to close schools, official says

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The Toms River schools chief on Thursday said COVID-19 cases were headed down after nearly 900 staff and students were quarantined because of possible exposure to the virus three weeks into the school year. The 15,500 student district, which is New Jersey’s sixth-largest, did not mandate masks in non-air conditioned areas at the start of the year, but face coverings have been required since Sept. 20. Toms River Interim Superintendent of Schools Stephen Genco said as of Thursday 791 students were in quarantine, which marks less than 5.5% of the student population and has declined 28% overall si…

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