HACKENSACK, N.J. — As all 75 Bergen County schools begin their closures today, per Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco’s request Thursday night, the Hackensack district is preparing for homeschooling for the next two weeks.

On Thursday, the student body brought home their home learning packets and digital assignments, and are expected to begin work on them beginning Monday, March 16. While Tedesco announced during a press conference at One Bergen County Plaza last night that all schools would be closed beginning the end of today’s school day amid concerns of the coronavirus, Hackensack Schools were closed for the day to commence a “thorough sanitization” of all schools, Superintendent Robert Sanchez said.

Tedesco said all Bergen County Schools will transition from on-site to off-site learning utilizing technology to do schoolwork “until further notice,” though it is reported that all Bergen County schools will be closed for the next two weeks. Hackensack students who did not receive their learning packets or are having issues with their chromebooks are asked to contact their school principal.

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Currently, all athletic and extracurricular activities have been indefinitely canceled as a precautionary measure. Facilities will also be closed for non-school affiliated programs, Sanchez said.

While schools are closed, the district will continue to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost beginning Monday, March 16. Families can pick up breakfast and lunch from 9 to 11 a.m. at a specified door at the school closest to their home.

While there will be limited phone availability during the closure, parents are asked to utilize email or leave a message in the general mailbox using option No. 6 of the school, and their call will be returned as soon as possible.