TRENTON — New Jersey schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. Murphy added that the order also includes private schools. “We reach this conclusion based on the guidance from our public health experts and with a single goal in mind, the safety and well-being of our children and our educators,” Murphy said. “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.”
Schools were first ordered to close on March 18, which was followed by two decision deadline extensions: April 17 and May 15.
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