Murphy: New Jersey public schools will remain closed through at least May 15th

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Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has announced that the New Jersey public schools will remain closed through at least May 15th, following an executive order last month that closed schools indefinitely.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Our public schools will remain closed through at least Friday, May 15th. 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,” Murphy said at his daily press conference in Trenton today.

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

On March 16, Murphy issued a directive closing all public and private schools indefinitely, though the vast majority of learning institutions had already done so.

Several local school districts, such as Jersey City, Bayonne, and North Bergen, had announced they would be closed until at least April 20th.

Minutes ago, the New Jersey Department of Health revealed that there are 9,165 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hudson County, the second most in the state, and 365 deaths – the third most in the state.

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