FAIR LAWN, NJ - The superintendent of schools expressed his sadness over students not coming back to the school buildings for the remainder of the school year after the governor mandated the third extension of the COVID-19 shutdown.

"While we know this is hard for everyone at home, our hearts really hurt for our seniors who will be missing so many special memories....their last performance in the school play, their last baseball game, yearbook signing, prom, and the most important rite of passage that they have been preparing for most of their lives, walking across the stage at Sasso Field in front of thousands of people," Fair Lawn Superintendent of Schools Nick Norcia said.

"While we know this pain is felt by high school seniors around the world, in Fair Lawn we are planning to honor our seniors who deserve it just like every other class who walked the halls of Fair Lawn High School," Norcia said. "Coronavirus has us feeling like we have more questions than answers lately, however one thing I know for certain is that we will get through this together as we always do during difficult times in Fair Lawn. I am confident the schools will open again, the bells will ring again, and we will most certainly hear laughter in our hallways again before you know it!"

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday that all New Jersey schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year in an ongoing effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"We have a single goal in mind: the safety and well-being of our children, and of our educators, administrators and staff," Murphy said. 

Murphy's action follows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision last week to shutter schools through the end of the school year in June.

Remote learning will remain in place through the normal school year.

Along with the school building closure, all school sports were canceled, as well.