If all goes well, teachers and students should be returning to school buildings in the fall after six months of staying home.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the decision and the state Department of Education on Friday released a 104-page guidance that offers the "minimum standards" for safety and learning, which districts are free to change to fit their needs.

Murphy said that officials can't predict the future, so school districts and families should also be prepare for the event of another school shutdown.

While New Jersey has been one of the hardest-hit states, it has been doing a better job than states in the west and south in keeping down the rate of new cases and hospitalizations.

The school guidelines require in-person learning in the fall but give district flexibility for some online learning.

Below are some of the guidelines. Here is the complete document.

New back-to-school guidelines

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