Coronavirus: NJ Closings, Cancellations, Delays, Schedule Changes

As New Jersey's response to several cases of novel coronavirus evolves, several institutions are changing their plans for group gatherings. Those include some special events like St. Patrick's Day parades, and routine gatherings like those for daily business or school activity.

New Jersey 101.5 will keep updating the following list as it's made aware of more cancellations, schedule changes or special arrangements. Email dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com with any updates from your institution or organization.

New Jersey 101.5 also maintains a standing list of school closings at NJ1015.com/closings.

ALSO: On Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., New Jersey 101.5 is presenting a live broadcast confronting the worldwide novel coronavirus crisis, and how it affects New Jersey residents. Listen live on New Jersey 101.5 FM, the New Jersey 101.5 app or NJ1015.com. Experts will also be on-hand to chat with visitors to a Facebook Live video simulcast of the program at Facebook.com/nj1015.

This list will be updated frequently.

EVENTS

• The Tuesday event "Should Fossil Fuel Companies Pay for Climate Change Damages in New Jersey?" has been cancelled.

• Wednesday’s Drew Forum event featuring Valerie Jarrett has been postponed to fall 2020.

• As of Tuesday, many of the region's largest St. Patrick's Day parades are still on. Those include parades in Morristown and New York. However, Philadelphia announced this week it would cancel its parade, after the first presumptive positive result in that city.

• State House subcontractors networking event that had been scheduled for March 12, is being postponed.

• Senator Troy Singleton's “Boost with Facebook” event for businesses at Rowan College April 3 has been postponed. No new date is yet announced.

• Rider University has cancelled a career fair originally scheduled for March 26.

• The NJ Academy of Science Inaugural Seminar Series originally scheduled for March 21 has been postponed to an as-yet undetermined date.

BUSINESSES

• Bayer said Monday it was temporarily closing its campuses in Whippany and Morristown "to implement additional cleaning measures in common areas and as a proactive measure, out of an abundance of caution." Bayer did not say how long its offices would be closed.

COLLEGES

• Princeton University Monday announced it was canceling large gatherings and urged students to remain home after spring break and take classes online.

• Rowan extended its own spring break for a week to give staff time to make plans in the event of an extended closure.

• Monmouth University Monday canceled classes for the rest of the week -- including online and hybrid classes -- because "a student contacted Health Services to report flu-like symptoms and was transported to Monmouth Medical Center for further evaluation," the school said.

• Kean University canceled out-of-state travel for five athletic teams during spring break this week. It will begin remote education for all campuses on March 16, with plans to resume normal instruction March 30.

• Rutgers University canceled road trips for some of athletic teams and Rutgers suspended its study abroad program. Tuesday, it announced that beginning Thursday, March 12, through the end of spring break on Sunday, March 22, all classes are canceled. Beginning Monday, March 23, through at least Friday, April 3, all course instruction will be delivered remotely. All face-to-face instruction is suspended. This includes any class meetings.

Beginning Monday, March 16, all Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences classes with more than 15 participants will be provided remotely. RBHS deans from the relevant schools will be in touch with students regarding more detailed plans for remote instruction.

The school also said students living in campus residence halls should leave as soon as possible, and canceled events and in-person meetings involving groups larger than 15 participants through April 15.

• Beginning the Monday following Spring Break (March 23), and continuing for a period of two weeks, The College of New Jersey will conduct all classes online. It's encouraging any students who return to campus to practice social distancing, and will require them to take classes online as well.

•  Seton Hall is suspending all in-person classes beginning on Wednesday, March 11, through and including Friday, March 13, 2020. All classes will resume online beginning Monday, March 16.

• Stockton University's spring break, which begins March 15, is extended through Tuesday, March 24. From Wednesday. March 25 through Sunday, April 5, Stockton will implement an alternate instructional model, with all classes being held online.

• Rider University plans to hold classes through March 13, until its spring break, as previously scheduled. Spring break will be extended an additional week to March 27. The school has not announced any plans for remote learning after that point but said it is "preparing, should we have to cancel in-person classes, to ensure continuity of our classes and operations."

• Bergen County College will remain open, but all classes are cancelled for the week of March 16. Classes will resume Monday, March 23. The college is continuing to work on its plans in the event it decides to close or make changes beyond March 23. A plan for making up the classes from the week of March 16 remains in development.

• NJIT classes will take place virtually once the school returns from the spring recess on March 23, and will continue in that manner until further notice.

• Fairleigh Dickinson University will switch to online-only classes starting March 16.

GRADE SCHOOLS

Several other schools have announced limited closings to give staff members time to make plans in the event long-term closings will be needed later, or because members of their community may have had contact with confirmed or potential coronavirus patients:

Among them:

• Berkeley Heights schools closed March 10 because the parent of a student had coronavirus, the district said in a letter to parents Monday.

• Roselle Public Schools closed March 10 and 11 because a staff member "has reported making contact with someone who is recently diagnosed with coronavirus," the district said in its own statement. The school said it could close for weeks if test results for that person came back positive.

• Red Bank Regional High School is closed March 10  for a “deep cleaning” since a sibling of a student tested “presumed positive” for the COVID-19 virus after attending a conference out of state.

• South Brunswick schools closed March 10 because two students were at a private party with a person from out of state later confirmed to have COVID-19. There will not be any home instruction and the day will not count toward the district's required 180 open days.

The following closings and schedule adjustments have been reported to New Jersey 101.5 via its school closing system. Additionally, you can check your district's own website.

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