Updates from Morris County: Get the latest on COVID-19

Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy has announced that New Jersey public and private schools will remain closed through at least Friday, May 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.COVID-19: New Jersey Schools Closed Until at Least May 15

At his daily briefing, the Governor said that protecting the safety of students and staff, and controlling the spread of the virus were paramount in his decision.

“We need to be guided by where the facts on the ground, science, and public health take us. That means it will not be safe to reopen our schools for at least another four weeks,” said Gov. Murphy.

“I’ve made this decision in careful consultation with New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Department Of Education, among other key stakeholders. I know this is hard. But we are saving lives and we must maintain the course.”

The state’s more than 600 school districts have been closed since March 16. Educators are teaching remotely because of the virus outbreak.