TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all New Jersey schools to keep their doors closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The announcement came at his May 4 press conference and does not come as a surprise to many.
Murphy also mentioned that private schools with longer school years will remain closed until at least June 30.
"We have a single goal in mind: the safety and well-being of our children, and of our educators, administrators and staff," said Murphy.
Last week, New York State made the same declaration and Pennsylvania ordered their schools closed almost a month ago. Delaware shuttered their schools on April 24 while Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is expected to make the decision for his state this week.
Online, remote-learning will remain in place allowing education to continue.
Spring sports are now effectively canceled; a disappointment to many athletes and parents.
Milestone events such as proms, graduations and other moving-up ceremonies will either occur virtually or be delayed to this summer or fall depending on when the state declares it is safe to gather in groups again. These decisions will be made individually by each school district.
Hunterdon Central Regional Superintendent Jeffrey Moore has said recently that the district is looking into all possibilities for these events, preparing for virtual ones or the potential to hold them at a date later in the year. He has said they will do everything they can to honor the class of 2020.