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Governor Murphy Announces That Schools Will Remain Closed Through the End of the Academic Year

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Ridgewood NJ, Citing the need to protect the health of New Jersey’s 1.6 million public and private school students as well as thousands of educators and support staff, Governor Phil Murphy today announced that statewide school closures will be extended through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Private schools with longer academic years will remain closed until at least June 30.

While the prohibition of in-person instruction will be maintained through the end of the school year, public schools will continue to provide remote learning for students to allow districts to meet the state-required minimum of 180 instruction days.

“This is a difficult decision and I know that many students, parents, and staff would like to be able to return to school,” said Governor Murphy. “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.”

“I commend Governor Murphy’s thoughtful, deliberative approach that takes into account the concerns of school administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders in the education community,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “However, the most compelling factor guiding today’s decision is the health of New Jersey’s students and educators, and their families.”

The Administration will create a steering committee consisting of a diverse group of stakeholders in the education community to explore summer learning opportunities for all students, including school-sponsored summer programming and Extended School Year for students with disabilities. The committee will 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.

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.

Federal Stimulus Funding

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.

New Jersey recently applied for $310 million in federal funding through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, which is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Districts will have substantial local discretion in use of these funds; the CARES Act lists a number of allowable uses, including:

Purchase of educational technology, including hardware, software and connectivity
Purchase of sanitization and cleaning supplies
Mental health supports
Plan and implement activities related to summer learning and supplemental after-school programs, including providing online learning during the summer months to address the needs of student subgroups
Planning and coordinating the distribution of meals to eligible students
Provide principals and other school leaders with the resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools
Activities to address the unique needs of student subgroups

Federal officials have signaled that states can anticipate a rapid approval of applications for this stimulus funding.

Updated Preparedness Plans

In the weeks leading up to Governor Murphy’s order to close schools statewide starting March 18, the Department of Education required school districts to develop Emergency Preparedness Plans that addressed critical issues, such as delivery of remote instruction, special education services, and food security. The Murphy Administration will call on school districts to revise their schoolwide Emergency Preparedness Plans to address the extension of school closures through June 30.

12 thoughts on “Governor Murphy Announces That Schools Will Remain Closed Through the End of the Academic Year

  1. hopefully there is a plan to hold commencement ceremonies for RHS and the middle schools online…

    PARAMUS, NJ — In what the school is calling the most “unique” graduation ceremony in its history, Bergen Community College will move the 2020 commencement ceremony online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    According to a release from the school, the ceremony will stream live on YouTube on Monday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. The event will try to replicate an in-person commencement, as there will be remarks from government officials — including Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III and Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chair Mary Amoroso — and the reading of graduates names.

    College officials also believe there to be advantages to the online commencement, according to the release, as family and friends from around the world can watch the ceremony in real-time.

  2. Teachers union wins yet again. What about the parents returning to work?

    The sooner the state of NJ and municipalities like Ridgewood file for bankruptcy, the better.

    Then at least we can diminish these excessive public sector benefits like defined benefit pensions, platinum health insurance and early retirements.

  3. is ANYONE surprised at this development?

  4. To my fellow parents this homeschooling is working out not that bad walking the side. It may be a good thing. So when your kid is sick he can do his schoolwork home and not be charged for the day. Everything at that. Or what about extra credit do you ever think about that. Children that have learning disabilities you need extra time to complete their work from home, Did you ever think about. There are some perks behind all this too.

  5. Some dummy said…..

    The sooner the state of NJ and municipalities like Ridgewood file for bankruptcy, the better.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    That’s a good one.

    1. best thing that could happen if you like your pension

  6. I don’t believe that New Jersey will go into bankruptcy. There’s going to be a federal buyout of some kind come in real soon. They are talking right now as we speak. I believe the vote on the funds will be in a few days thank you.

  7. Some union shovel leaning POS said…

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    And it is a good one…because the jokes on YOU

  8. Online commencement? Sounds real rewarding for 12 years worth of work, its more honorable to just mail the diploma and make you pay postage. I hope our kids laugh someday how we totally muffed this pandemic up, total disaster on all levels.

    The way this state is going, school aint lookin too good for September either. Virus still here, no vaccine. Some tough choices ahead for sure. Im curious to see peoples breaking point of not giving a shit. Everyday more people join that club.

  9. Some Walk Street Hogg 🐷 said…

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    And it is a good one…because if New Jersey does go bankrupt your house value will drop like a rock down the side of a cliff, so the joke will be on YOU Slime not me since I left New Jersey a long time ago.

  10. Then don’t post here and enjoy your six figure pension and free Viagra in Florida! If you’re not spending money Supporting businesses in NJ or paying taxes in NJ, you have no stakes here anymore except to steal your unreasonable and unsustainable pension and health benefits, which you negotiated in bad faith. Buzz off troll!

  11. You don’t even live in the country Mr Slime, so why are you posting here? Just because you were Aronshon’s asshole buddy who served on the faux financial advisory board which was a big joke you think you know it all. News flash Slime ball you know next to nothing. Why don’t you worry about what’s going on in the Arab country you are living in now and stop posting your hate mongering comments here.

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