Governor Murphy Announces School Closures for Remainder of 2019-2020 Academic Year

Republished from New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

All New Jersey school buildings will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and all students and faculty will continue with remote-learning.

Private schools with longer academic years will remain closed until at least June 30.

This difficult decision was made based on the guidance from public health experts with a single goal in mind, the safety and well-being of our children and our educators.

If the standards to reopen our workplaces are high, they are even higher when it comes to schools filled with our children. The State simply could not find a way to reconcile that core principle and open our school buildings at this time.

The hurdles -- logistical, educational, and, most of all, practical -- that would have allowed students and faculty to return, even for a short while, could not be overcome. We could not guarantee an environment that would not only be safe, but fully capable of meeting the educational needs of students in a setting built for social distancing.

NOTE: This decision only applies to the remainder of the 2019-2020 regular academic year. No decision has been made yet regarding summer education and other programs at this time.

The State will create a diverse steering committee to provide recommendations to the Administration as to which services need to continue to be provided remotely should the public health emergency extend past the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year as well as summer learning opportunities.

The committee will also explore approaches for the safest and most efficient re-opening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

In addition, the Department of Education will work with school officials to share ideas on safe and innovative ways to recognize 2020 high school graduates and other end-of-year milestones for students.

The Administration plans to tap federal funds that will help schools improve continuity of learning, assist with sanitizing and deep cleaning of school buildings, and address the emotional needs of students.

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Posted/Updated: 5/4/20


Source: Executive Order No. 104Governor's Remarks 4/16/20;'s Remarks 5/4/20