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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Schools Superintendent Thomas A. Gorman confirmed at Monday night Board of Education meeting that the mask mandate for schools in New Jersey expired yesterday, and the Ridgewood Public Schools pivoted to a mask optional policy. The feedback from the schools was very positive, and approximately 10-20% of students and staff continued to wear masks. Dr. Gorman thanked the faculty and staff for all they did over the past two years to make the virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning environments successful. He also thanked the students and parents for working with the district during this challenging time. All schools will continue to be vigilant in maintaining a healthy environment. The New Jersey COVID-19 Activity Level Index report has our region at the low (green) level, and the vaccination rate for our children is high. As the district moves through this new phase, the school community will continue to work together for the good of the students.