NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The district's schools will be closed Friday, Superintendent of Schools Aubrey Johnson announced Thursday night.

In a letter addressed to parents and community members that was posted on the district's website and social media sites, Johnson said that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19.

"However, the situation is changing daily," according to the letter. "As a precaution, schools will be closed tomorrow to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and for continued cleaning."

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Friday's school closings will be treated as a snow day, and all essential personnel will be required to report to work to continue sanitizing the facilities.

According to the letter, the district not yet implementing its Continuity of Teaching & Learning Plan - a plan for students to study remotely. Under that plan, teachers are required to have a two-week lesson plan ready.

Several nearby schools, including South Brunswick and East Brunswick have already canceled school.

On Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy asked that gatherings of 250 people or more to be canceled.

That recommendation isn’t being applied to schools.

Although more than three-quarters of the state’s more than 2,500 public schools house more than 250 students, Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet says they can’t be assessed by their enrollment.

“So 250 students, we don’t have 250 kids in a classroom. We have them separated throughout the entire school,” Repollet said. “We are now currently looking at the students, based off of this social policy right now, looking at the students in cafeterias. We’ll be making recommendations (Friday) to our school districts to modify their schedule and to have lunch within the classrooms.”

As of Thursday, 207 school districts in New Jersey had closed for at least half a day due to the coronavirus. Some closed to hold planning meetings, others closed to clean.

EWING – Decisions about whether to close a school for weeks due to the novel coronavirus remains one for school districts to make, as the state is not yet ordering it – and more and more schools are doing it.

All schools in Bergen County are closing for two weeks, switching over to distance or virtual learning, just as they are in Hoboken. Bayonne is closing through the end of March. The schools in Summit are closing for three weeks – after which comes spring break, meaning the buildings are closed for month.

Although Gov. Phil Murphy is asking gatherings of 250 people or more to be canceled, that isn’t being applied to schools. More than 82% of the state’s more than 2,500 public schools have 250 students or more, but Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet says they can’t be assessed by their enrollment.

“So 250 students, we don’t have 250 kids in a classroom. We have them separated throughout the entire school,” Repollet said. “We are now currently looking at the students, based off of this social policy right now, looking at the students in cafeterias. We’ll be making recommendations (Friday) to our school districts to modify their schedule and to have lunch within the classrooms.”

As of noon Thursday, 207 school districts in New Jersey had closed for at least half a day due to the coronavirus – mostly for planning meetings, some for cleaning, one for a confirmed case. Now long-term closures are being announced by some districts.



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