PATERSON, NJ - On Monday Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey’s school would remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Not only was the announcement one that many expected, it was also one, according to Superintendent Eileen Shafer told TAPinto Paterson, Paterson Public Schools have been preparing for.

"Now that Governor Murphy has clearly stated we will not reopen this year, we have our plans in place,” Shafer said, adding that “Students will continue to learn and receive meals from the school district, thanks to the hard work and volunteerism of many selfless individuals.”

Despite the best efforts of administrators and teaching staff, Paterson Public Schools is still on the “wrong side of the digital divide,” Shafer lamented, pointing to the two-thirds of local students that do not have devices or access to the internet at home. “As our dedicated educators continue to do everything possible to keep our students’ education moving forward, we are continuing our efforts to find resources to put a device in the hands of every one of our students.

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