TRENTON, NJ - Saying he will not even be prepared to revisit the issue until “at least April 17, at the very earliest,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy -- in his daily coronavirus briefing -- extended the closure of all public and private schools past mid-April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The original closure period, which includes schools from Pre-K through colleges, was set for two weeks and began on March 18.

The Summit Public School District closed all of its school campuses on March 13 and began a home instructional plan as of March 16.

At that time, Superintendent June Chang stated that, "It is difficult to determine how long the District will be closed, but right now we are planning for three weeks, which then runs into our Spring Break, April 6-10, 2020. We will reassess after Spring Break, and will keep the community informed on our decision. The District closure includes all after-school activities and events."

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Given the new timeline, the earliest the Hilltop City's public schools could reopen is April 20.

Murphy said today that, “The decision to reopen will be based on careful discussion with our public health and safety experts and with our educators in districts and will be guided by the facts on the ground.”