Essex County College announced it is closing next week as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at both its Newark and West Caldwell campuses.

During the recess, online programs and classes will be held, said ECC President Dr. Anthony E. Munroe. However, nursing and health sciences courses will continue the week of March 16.

Students will be notified by Thursday, March 19 with their assignments for when instruction resumes on Monday, March 23.  ECC’S Spring II Term will also begin on Monday, March 23 instead of the originally scheduled March 16.

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The college’s study abroad program has also been suspended. Community events are canceled until further notice.

Plans will be made to make up for the extra week of missed classes later in the term, Munroe said.

Rutgers University-Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark announced they were closing their campuses last week. Both universities have spring break next week. After spring break, both universities will resume instruction virtually.