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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Murphy closes schools for remainder of school year

Governor: ‘I have been unwavering on the message that we need to make decisions based on science, not emotion’

By David Wildstein, May 04 2020 12:22 pm

New Jersey public schools will be closed through the end of the current school year, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today.

“This is a difficult decision and I know that many students, parents, and staff would like to be able to return to school,” Murphy said.  “However, I have been unwavering on the message that we need to make decisions based on science, not emotion. And while New Jersey is making great strides in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, science tells us that at this point, we can’t safely re-open our schools.”

Murphy said that remote learning will continue so that local school districts can fulfill the legal requirement of 180 instruction days.

Private schools whose academic year extends later in the summer will remain closed until at least the end of June.

“The most compelling factor guiding today’s decision is the health of New Jersey’s students and educators, and their families,” said Lamont Repollet, the state Commissioner of Education.

Murphy announced the creation of a steering committee to explore summer learning opportunities, and said that he’s keeping the door open to school-sponsored summer programming and a longer school year for students with disabilities.

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