VERONA/CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that New Jersey schools will remain closed for the rest of this academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“ALL SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year – to protect the health of our children, our educators, and their families.  Guided by safety and science, this is the best course of action," Murphy said via Twitter.

“This has been an inclusive and rigorous process involving people with a wide range of experiences and perspectives,” Murphy said during Monday's press briefing. “I had hoped we could get back to a sense of normal by allowing our children to return to the schools they love, and to be with their friends and classmates. But, the reality is that we cannot safely reopen our schools to provide students and families, or faculty and staff, the confidence needed to allow for a return to in-person instruction.”

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