NEW JERSEY -- Schools across the New Jersey – ranging from K-12 schools districts that have taken days off to plan for remote learning to colleges and universities, including Rutgers – have canceled classes in response to the Coronavirus.
On Wednesday, March 11, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 School District, which canceled classes for the day to plan for remote contingencies, sent a survey to parents to inquire about their remote learning capabilities:
To best empower Scotch Plains - Fanwood students to remain academically engaged should the district be required by the NJ Department of Health to close for any amount of time, we are surveying all families about their at-home Internet access and device availability. All responses will remain confidential with district officials. As we prepare for the possibility of at home instruction, we want to ensure that we have all our student needs in mind.
So far, there is no indication that the shutdown will continue on Thursday.
For college students, the postponement of classes amounts to an extended spring break since many schools were scheduled to have time off in March. Schools, ranging from community colleges to Rutgers, the largest university in the state, are transitioning to online teaching unto the threat posed by Coronavirus has passed.
The following colleges and universities have announced canceled classes and altered schedules:
- Kean University: will conduct remote instruction from Monday, March 16, through March 30.
- Union County College: has suspended all in-person classes beginning Wednesday, March 11, through Friday, March 13. All online courses and this weekend’s limited in-person courses will take place.
Elsewhere in New Jersey
- Drew University: has suspended classes and will conduct online instruction beginning Monday, March 16. The university has suspended events and gatherings through April 3.
- Fairleigh Dickinson University: will conduct online instruction beginning Monday, March 16, the scheduled resumption of classes following spring break.
- Monmouth University: has canceled all classes (face-to-face, hybrid, and online) for the remainder of this week, with spring break beginning as scheduled on Saturday, March 14.
- Montclair State: Spring Break has been extended through Sunday, March 22. Effective Monday, March 23, the majority of instruction will take place online for the rest of the semester. There will be some exceptions, for certain studio or laboratory courses that will remain face-to-face.
- New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT): Spring break begins Saturday, March 14. Classes will take place virtually beginning Monday, March 23 and will continue in that manner until further notice.
- Princeton: will conduct instruction online beginning Monday, March 23. Given the likelihood of significant disruptions to life on campus, students are encouraged to stay home after Spring Break and meet academic requirements remotely until at least April 5.
- Ramapo College: will transition to remote instruction from March 23 to April 3. The campus will remain open but with limited services.
- Rider University: extended its spring break for an additional week.
- Rowan University: extended its spring break for an additional week.
- Rutgers: canceled classes for Thursday and Friday and will transition to online instruction when students return from spring break on March 23. Students in residence halls have been asked to leave as soon as possible and are encouraged not to return to their dorms until April 3.
- Seton Hall: canceled classes for the rest of the week. All classes will resume online beginning Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, March 22.
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