Gov. Murphy To Make Decision On NJ Schools In Coronavirus Crisis
UPDATE: Gov. Phil Murphy announced that schools will close for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more: New Jersey Schools Closed For Rest Of Academic Year: Gov. Murphy
NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy said he’s ready to announce a decision on reopening schools amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Murphy said on Sunday that he plans to hold a news conference at 12 noon on Monday, and will likely address the issue. Patch will cover it live. “We will give you that guidance on Monday,” he said. Read more: WATCH LIVE: Gov. Murphy Issues Update On Coronavirus, NJ Schools
Murphy made the statement as he announced thousands of new coronavirus cases this weekend and hundreds of additional deaths. Read more: NJ Coronavirus Updates: Here’s What You Need To Know
Murphy previously said he would make a decision by May 15, but he moved up the timetable.
“My hope is on Monday as to what we’re going to do about schools,” Murphy said. “We’re on remote learning until at least May 15 and we said we would let folks know at the latest on May 15 what the balance of this school year looks like.”
Murphy’s decision could be influenced by New York’s announcement on Friday that that state’s schools will remain closed for rest of the 2019-20 academic year. Read more: New York Schools Closed For Rest Of Academic Year
New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania also have formed a coalition of seven states hardest hit by the new coronavirus, forming a task force for a regional approach to reopen their states in the wake of the outbreak. Read more: NJ, PA Join Regional Coronavirus Reopening Council
Earlier in the week, a coalition of education organizations around New Jersey sent a letter to Murphy with one request: Don’t reopen the schools this year. Read more: Keep NJ Schools Closed, Education Groups Tell Gov. Murphy
Also earlier in the week, Murphy told CNBC that there’s “a chance” that schools could reopen by May 15, even though restrictions would certainly be in place.
Murphy made those remarks as he offered a broad reopening plan, providing a six-point outline to “restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery.” Read more: Gov. Murphy Issues 6-Point NJ Reopen Plan In Coronavirus Crisis
Murphy had previously identified three ways for the schools and economy to reopen:
This is a developing story. Patch will have more information as it comes in.
Health officials also have said they may discuss the discrepancies in nursing home reported cases and deaths by Friday. Read more: Mystery Remains As NJ Nursing Home Coronavirus Deaths Keep Rising
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