SOMERVILLE, NJ - College bound high school students know they have a hurdle to overcome on their way to a higher education - the SATs test.
The SATs are administered by the College Board, a grueling, four-hour series of aptitude tests that colleges and universities use as part of their admissions criteria.
SATs were scheduled to be given in 27 states on Saturday, March 14th, but were canceled at many locations - including Somerville High School, Hillsborough High School and Bridgewater High School - because of health concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which has infected 50 New Jersey residents, according to the state Department of Health, with one fatality, a 69-year-old resident of Bergen County.
SHS Principal Jerry Foley said the decision to cancel the testing at the school was reached at 8 a.m.
At least 20 other test sites in New Jersey canceled Saturday's SATS - Jersey City, Plainfield, Ewing, Belmar, Secaucus, Rutherford, Princeton, Palisades Park, Newark, North Brunswick, North Arlington, West New York, Marlboro, Woolwich, Hawthorne, Freehold, Fort Lee, Franklin, East Brunswick, and Maplewood, according to the College Board website - . https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/test-center-closings.
The website notes that the listing continues to be updated; a recorded announcement on the College Board toll-free phone number - (866) 756-7346 - notes that students have the opportunity to take the SATs on May 2.
Reacting to the potential spread of COVID-19, the Somerville school district, as well as Bridgewater-Raritan, Hillsborough, Manville and others have announced closures over the next two weeks, with most school districts prepared to continue the school year with a "distance learning" plan that will enable teachers and students to continue with their curriculums online.