NEWARK — Students and teachers of Newark Public Schools must continue to wear face coverings when the new academic year begins.

The district is sticking with its policy that had been in effect through the end of the most recent school year, according to a spokesperson. School districts in New Jersey have been able to make their own rules about masks since early March.

"We are continuing our deep-cleaning procedures and our mask mandate, and if that changes, we will notify families accordingly," Nancy Deering, interim executive director of communications for the district, told New Jersey 101.5.

The district, which has more than 65 locations and handles about 38,000 students, welcomes students back on Sept. 6.

Earlier this month, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the state's COVID-19 testing mandate for unvaccinated teachers and school employees, following updates to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials are not tracking district's masking rules.

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