STAFFORD - The St. Mary's Academy in Manahawkin will be closed from March 16 through 27.  

Bishop O’Connell, of the Diocese of Trenton announced on Friday that the all 35 Catholic schools and nearly 100 religious education programs in the Diocese will shut down from March 16 through 27.

The closing is to prevent the spread of the virus among the students and teachers, and to allow for a cleaning and disinfecting process to be conducted in all facilities.