School Buildings To Remain Closed For Rest Of School Year For In-Person Instruction

May 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy has said school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year for in-person instruction and remote online learning will continue. Read Governor Murphy’s statement below:

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.

We’re working with the principle that public health creates economic health – or in this case, educational health.

If the standards are high to reopen our workplaces are high, they are even higher when it comes to schools filled with our children.

As the father of a high-schooler who has been attending classes remotely for nearly two months, I understand the concerns of both parents and school leaders.But, for us to ensure that we can undertake a responsible restart and recovery, this step was necessary.

The New Jersey Department of Education will be leading stakeholder meetings to determine whether summer educational or other programs offered at our schools may proceed. They will also conduct this same rigorous work regarding the opening of our buildings for the 2020-2021 school year in September.