SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 District will utilize an unused snow day and will be closed on Wednesday, March 11, so that teachers and staff can prepare for a scenario in which schools would close due to the Coronavirus, according to a letter sent by superintendent Dr. Joan Mast to parents.

Dr. Mast wrote that the district was asked by the NJ State Department of Education "to act with a precautionary set of protocols and to develop a plan should it become necessary for school closure" and children would learn from home. Dr. Mast also noted that the determination to close schools due to a public health-related issue is made by the NJ Department of Health or the Township Health Officer, not by the school district.

After-school activities, including clubs and sports WILL take place on Wednesday (unlike during snow days). As for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's production of Chicago -- the show will go in. 

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Nearby Cranford schools will be closed on Monday, March 16, so that the school system can make Coronavirus preparations, according to a letter sent to parents by Cranford Superintendent Scott Rudin. Other towns across the Garden State are either dismissing students early or closing for a day in order for schools in those areas to make similar plans.

In Trenton, as part of the state’s coordinated response to address the Coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency, effective immediately, to ramp up New Jersey’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Executive Order No. 103 declares a state of emergency and public health emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist affected communities responding to and recovering from COVID-19 cases.

“The State of New Jersey is committed to deploying every available resource, across all levels of government, to help respond to the spread of COVID-19 and keep our residents informed,” said Gov. Murphy. “My Administration will continue to work closely with our federal partners to ensure that local health agencies on the front lines of the state’s response are equipped with the resources needed to further prepare our health care system for a broader spread of COVID-19.” is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.