1. Home
  2. 5000s
  3. 5141.10 Face Coverings

5141.10 Face Coverings


Northfield, New Jersey


X Mandated

Policy X Other Reasons


Any face covering requirement shall comport with the mandates of any Federal directive, executive order of the Governor, administrative order of the State Director of Emergency Management, or order of a state, county or local health department having jurisdiction over the school district with the goal of protecting the health and safety of students, staff, and visitors on district premises.

On March 6, 2021 the Governor of New Jersey issued Executive Order 251 which mandated a policy regarding the mandatory use of face coverings by staff, students, and visitors in the indoor portions of school district premises. This mandate expired on March 7, 2022. As such, staff, students, and visitors of the Northfield schools are not required to wear face coverings, but may do so if they so choose. Additionally, the District strongly recommends that all individuals follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC,) New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Education The board also directs the superintendent to:

A. Remain informed of CDC, New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) guidance regarding mitigation strategies and recommendations;

B. Monitor local COVID-19 conditions through the local or county health department;

C. Consult with local health officials regarding the need to reimplement mitigation strategies;

D. Report to board when changing conditions indicate that there may be a risk of an outbreak in any of the district schools; and

E. Report to the board before district conditions require reimplementation of universal face covering or other social distancing measures.

Adopted: September 27, 2021

NJSBA Review/Update: March 2022, February 2023


Key Words

Immunizations, Inoculations, Examinations, Pupil Physical Examinations, Student Physical Examinations, Health

Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:35‑4.6

through ‑4.8 Parents Right to Conscience Act of 1979

N.J.S.A. 18A:40‑4 Examination for physical defects and screening of hearing of pupils; health records

N.J.S.A. 18A:40‑4.4 Exemption

N.J.S.A. 18A:40‑4.5 Immunity from action of any kind due to provisions of act

N.J.S.A. 18A:40‑5 Method of examination; notice to parent or guardian

N.J.S.A. 18A:40‑6 In general

N.J.S.A. 18A:40‑7, ‑8,

‑10, ‑11 Exclusion of pupils who are ill

N.J.S.A. 18A:40‑12.37 Release to share medical information

N.J.S.A. 18A:40‑20 Immunization at public expense

N.J.S.A. 26:1A‑9.1 Exemption of pupils from mandatory immunizations

N.J.S.A. 26:4‑6 Prohibiting attendance of teachers or pupils

N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.4 Evaluation

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-1.1et seq. Programs to Support Student Development

See particularly:

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-1.1, -1.3,

-2.1, -2.2, -2.3, -2.4

N.J.A.C. 8:57‑4.3 Medical exemptions

N.J.A.C. 8:57‑4.4 Religious exemptions

N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.5 Provisional admission

N.J.A.C. 8:57‑4.7 Records required

N.J.A.C. 8:57‑4.8 Reports to be sent to the State Department of Health

N.J.A.C. 8:57‑4.9 Records available for inspection

N.J.A.C. 8:57‑4.22 Emergency power of the Commissioner, Department of

Health and Senior

20 U.S.C.A. 1232h Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment

Executive Order No. 251, Governor Philip D. Murphy, August 6, 2021.


Executive Order No. 253, Governor Philip D. Murphy, August 23, 2021.


The NJDOE Guidance: The Road Back: Restart and Recovery at:


The NJDOE Guidance: The Road Forward: Health and Safety Guidance for the 2021-

2022 School Year at: The Road Forward (nj.gov)


Cross References: *1410 Local units

*4123 Classroom aides

*5111 Admission

*5113 Absences and excuses

*5131.6 Drugs, alcohol, tobacco (substance abuse)

*5141 Health

*5141.21 Administering medication

*5200 Nonpublic school pupils

*6142.4 Physical education and health

*6145.1/6145.2 Intramural competition; interscholastic competition

*6162.5 Research

*6164.4 Child study team

*6171.4 Special education

*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.

Was this article helpful to you? No Yes

How can we help?