GLEN ROCK, NJ - MARCH 15: A sign displays the message that Glen Rock Middle School is closed as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 15, 2020 in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy said that all New Jersey schools will likely be ordered to close on Monday because of the virus. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Governor Phil Murphy today (Monday, August 15) signed an executive order immediately lifting the requirement that school districts and child care settings maintain a policy requiring their unvaccinated workers to undergo routine testing.

The announcement follows the recent updates to COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ahead of the 2022-2023 school year.

The change will also apply to state contractors as of September 1, 2022. Nothing in today’s order signed by Governor Murphy prevents these settings from maintaining a vaccination or testing policy as they see fit going forward.

“Today’s executive order follows guidance from public health officials at the CDC regarding responsible steps states can take as we continue to adjust to the endemic reality of COVID-19,” said Governor Murphy in a press release. “With children as young as 6 months old now eligible for vaccines and millions of New Jerseyans vaccinated and boosted, more of our residents are safe from severe illness due to COVID-19. As always, I encourage everyone to stay up-to-date on their vaccination and take other precautions as necessary to protect themselves and their loved ones from this virus.”

For the latest updates on guidance for COVID-19, click here.

16 Back To School Must Haves For Everyone That Are School Year Essentials

If there’s something here you decide you just must have, we’ve provided links to the product websites.  When you click on the link and make a purchase, Beasley Media Group may earn a commission. We are an Amazon Associate and earn from qualifying purchases. 


It’s that time again! The Back To School Season is upon us and I want you to be prepared for whatever this school year is going to throw at you.  Save yourself from fighting the crowds at the stores with this online shopping guide to your Back to School must haves from Amazon. For the parents, students, and teachers, there’s something for everyone on this list, all aimed at making life run more smoothly as we get back into the flow of the school year.

  • Ziplock Bag Organizer

    From packing lunches to organizing classrooms, this Ziplock Bag Organizer is a worthwhile addition to your routine! And coming in with almost 100% of 5-star reviews, you can’t go wrong.

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  • Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

    Teachers and students rave about the vividness of color and the lack of bleed-through with these pens.  As a bonus, if you are a fan of stress-relieving coloring books, the variety of colors elevates your artwork to the next level. 

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  • PAPERAGE 12-Pack Composition Notebook Journals

    School Supplies but make it fun! These Composition Notebooks feature a Kraft Cover that is perfect for your artist/ student to customize.  The rainbow spines make for a nice organizational perk!

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  • Trapper Keeper 1" Binder by Mead (Geometry)

    If you are inspired by all things ’80s and have Stranger Things fever, this retro Trapper Keeper is perfect for you!

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  • Bento Boxes

    Bento Boxes are a handy solution to brown bagging school lunches and this generously sized bento box is perfect for both students and teachers. Available in multiple colors and microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, the reviewers are raving! “Love this little box! I got it yesterday and used it today to pack my son’s lunch for school. I love how you can put different types of foods all in the same container and not have to worry about them leaking on each other or contaminating each other.”

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  • Fit & Fresh Shaped Slim Ice Packs

    Keeping your lunch cool has never been so cute!

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  • Extra Large 52L Travel Laptop Backpack with USB Charging Port

    This backpack is all business, with an external USB port with a set-in charging cable that offers convenient charging for your cellphone. A hole for headphones outside gives easy access to Earphone usage. Also, the student backpack with a sturdy rugged handle with steel cable on the top for carrying, side compression straps keep the exclusive backpack at whatever size you require. Water Resistant and ample storage make this the workhorse of backpacks.

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  • Gloveleya Backpack with Plush Duck Toy

    If you have a young student just starting preschool or kindergarten, the Gloveleya Backpack has a special friend they can take to school with them to keep the homesickness at bay.  Featuring several different fuzzy friends to choose from, your young scholar will have some cuddle options.

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  • Big Crystal Diamond Ballpoint Pen

    If you’re going to do it, do it with style!

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  • RuiLing 40-Pack 4 Inches Mega Large Paper Clips

    Bigger is better with these whimsical Mega Paper Clips! These come in an assortment of colors and can not only hold your documents in place, but they can also double as a fun bookmark!

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  • 14oz Stainless Steel Summit Kids Water Bottle with Straw

    Leak-proof straw, super-insulated, and dishwasher safe this water bottle has it all! Plus, lots of designs to fit everyone’s style!

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  • X-ACTO Mighty Mite Electric Pencil Sharpener with Pencil Saver & SafeStart Motor

    A good pencil sharper at home to deal with homework woes cannot be understated! My sister is a teacher and this is the top of her Must Haves!

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  • 12ct Gel Crayons with Storage Case - Faber-Castell

    Gel Crayons are a unique art medium for young artists to explore color mixing and blending! The jumbo, ergonomic design is ideal for little hands to learn proper grip and the twist-up design keeps hands clean while coloring.

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  • Swingline Tot Mini Stapler

    It’s tiny, it’s adorable and it’s extremely handy! What’s not to love? Now you can staple in style.

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  • Jelly Stand Up Pencil Pouch - up & up™

    Available in four different colors, the Jelly Stand Pencil Pouch transforms into two vertical standing pencil holdersFeaturing a sturdy carrying strap and different organizational pouches within, it’s the pencil pouch of the future!

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  • Locker Gold Wire Value Pack

    Keep your locker neat and tidy with this Locker Accessory Kit. With magnetic backing to easily mount to the inside of a locker and a whiteboard sized perfectly, your interior locker design will be on point. 

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