UPDATED Bergen County Closes All Schools For Two Weeks or More To Limit Spread of COVID-19

New Jersey Schools have been preparing for virtual learning should they need to close for COVID-19, with some closing for a day to prepare. Now schools in all 75 Bergen County school districts will shut down and transition to online learning starting Monday, March 16 for two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, County Executive Jim Tedesco said Thursday night, reports NorthJersey.com. Schools will reassess after two weeks.

Millburn and Chatham School districts have announced they will also close starting Monday, March 16 for two weeks.


Effective Monday, March 16, all schools in the School District of the Chathams will be closed for a period of at least two weeks. All extracurricular and school-related activities and events are suspended during this time. At the end of the two-week period–by Friday, March 27–a decision will be made regarding either the continued closure of school or the resumption of school and after-school activities. We will also continue to monitor all events associated with the Covid-19 pandemic and consider additional alterations to the school calendar if necessary.


We will be closing for 10 school days, March 16th – 27th, as recommended by the CDC for the period of quarantine. These measures are being taken as per the NJ Department of Health as a strategy to limit transmission of COVID-19 within our community.

West Orange has moved its school closure scheduled for Monday, March 16, for the purpose of professional learning, to tomorrow, Friday, March 13.

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