SOMERVILLE, NJ - The principals of Immaculata High School and the Immaculate Conception School have issued a joint communique to students and parents that the schools will be closed starting March 17th and will remain closed through Friday, March 27 because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Both buildings will be throughougly cleaned during the shutdown, according to Jeff Martinelli, Principal, Immaculate Conception School and Joan Silo, Head of School, Immaculata High School.

Following is the text of the communique:

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“Good evening parents/guardians,

"As mentioned earlier, we are continuing to monitor the development of the spread of COVID-19 within our communities. Given the latest information, we have decided it is in the best interest and the health of our students, staff, and families, to close both Immaculate Conception School and Immaculata High School starting Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 and remain closed through Friday, March 27, 2020.

"Effective Saturday, March 14, all school-wide activities, including athletics, will be cancelled until further notice. During this closure, our school buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and maintained.

"While we anticipate a return to school on March 30, we will be monitoring the situation to ensure that it would be appropriate to return at that time. Any adjustments to this time frame will be communicated accordingly. 

"Aware that an extended closure was a possibility, each school has been preparing plans for virtual learning in order to maintain a continuity of high quality education. Each school will utilize its unique resources to accomplish this goal. Further instruction is forthcoming from each administrator. This will be a new form of learning for many of us. We are confident that the staff of ICS and Immaculata will guide us through this period with ease.

"We continue to ask the Blessed Mother to watch over and protect all those affected by this virus and the communities of ICS and IHS."