TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has remained silent as he returned from his family vacation in Central America as twenty school districts across the state have announced January shutdowns.
Earlier in the year, Murphy said New Jersey schools would remain open for in-class instruction and that there would be no remote options on the table.
“We’re taking steps to make sure that kids, educators and staff are healthy. Absent, please God, any outbreak — which would require quarantine — we’re back in business in school in person Monday through Friday, with masks,” he said.
Now, twenty districts are defying the Murphy order to stay open as COVID-19 cases spike statewide to record levels.
Here are the districts that have announced closures so far:
Vineland, Paterson, New Brunswick, North Bergen, West New York, Union, Harrison, Bayonne, Carteret, Camden, Linden, Irvington, South Orange, Kearny, East Newark, Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City, Guttenberg, and Trenton.
LINDEN SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR COVID-19
Due to the continued increase in cases of COVID-19 in our community, all Linden Public Schools will switch to a virtual learning model for two weeks when we return from Winter Recess.