GLEN ROCK, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Brett Charleston has weighed-in on Gov. Phil Murphy's mandate that schools close their buildings while continuing distance learning through the end of the year in June, another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"While we are cognizant of how extremely disappointing this is to hear, we must recognize that this was done for the health and safety of students and staff," Charleston said yesterday, May 5, after the governor's announcement. "We understand that there are so many wonderful end of year celebrations and traditions at Glen Rock Public Schools. We want to honor these students and their milestones and achievements, yet we have to be aware of the restrictions mandated by Governor Murphy, such as social distancing guidelines. We await further guidance from the State as to what will be permitted."

All school-related sports have been canceled for the spring season, as well.

Efforts nationally have popped up to celebrate graduating high school seniors, as well as college seniors. More news regarding such efforts are expected to be forthcoming.