SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood School District will remain closed to students and staff through Sunday, April 19 following the announcement by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy that he would not re-open Garden State school districts in the near future because of the coronavirus crisis.

"Let me be clear, " Murphy said at his daily press conference, "The decision to reopen school districts rests with me. We will not be prepared to revisit the closure until at least April 17, at the very earliest."

"The decision to reopen will be based on careful discussion with our public health and safety experts, and with our educators and districts," Murphy continued. "We will be guided by the facts on the ground."

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Spotswood students will continue the distance learning procedures that began two weeks ago. The continued closure includes all sports and extracurricular activities. Spring break begins for students on Saturday, April 4. The last day of remote learning for students prior to break is Friday, April 3. Remote learning classes begin again on Tuesday, April 14.

Spotswood School District Superintendent Graham Peabody made the announcement on Thursday via a mass email to parents. Peabody also announced that the three remaining unused snow days would be moved to the Memorial Day holiday and would not be given back at spring break.