New Jersey schools will be closed through at least May 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the state’s 1.4 million students continuing to learn from home, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday.
Murphy initially ordered all schools in the Garden State — public and private, including pre-K and college — to close March 18 for at least two weeks. He later extended that closure to April 17, saying he would not reopen schools until medical experts tell him it’s safe.
The governor said he remains hopeful schools can reopen after May 15. However, Murphy also said as recently as Tuesday that he did not expect a return to normalcy in New Jersey until June or July.