Students who lost their chance to participate in a winter or spring sport or an extra-curricular activitiy as the result of the coronavirus can recoup the missed opportunity thanks to a stroke of Gov. Phil Murphy’s pen Friday.
The so called “bridge year” legislation, senate bill 2383, introduced by Sen. Paul A. Sarlo (D-Bergen and Passaic), is open to high school seniors in the graduating classes of 2021 and 2022.
The law requires the Commissioner of Education to establish a three-year program that would allow some seniors to receive an additional spring season.
The law allows this year’s high school sophomores and juniors - after graduation - to return to their high school to participate in spring extracurricular activities, including interscholastic sports. To take advantage of this so-called “bridge year” students would have to be enrolled as non-matriculated students and taking classes at a New Jersey county community college.