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Schools closed thru May 15 …

… at least.

On Thursday, April 16, NJ Gov. Phil Murphy ordered schools in the state to remain closed until Friday, May 15. His order covers public and private schools, preschools, and colleges.

Murphy first ordered schools to close on March 18, for at least two weeks. Later, when extending that closure to April 17, he said he would not reopen schools until medical experts tell him it’s safe.

The governor said he’s heard from parents of high school seniors about academics, sports, and other experiences students are missing.

“I have nothing but complete sympathy,” Murphy said, “[but we] cannot be guided by emotion. We need to be guided by where the facts on the ground, science and public health take us.”

A prolonged decline in infections and fatalities would be required before crowded buildings such as schools can reopen.

Haddonfield public schools are scheduled to end the 2019-20 school year on Friday, June 19.