New Jersey ordered all schools to close because of the coronavirus. Now what?

In a decision that once seemed unimaginable but rapidly became inevitable, Gov. Phil Murphy today ordered all New Jersey schools to close by Wednesday in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s a historic response that shatters any remaining sense of normalcy families clung to, as the virus has killed more than 6,500 people worldwide, including two in New Jersey.

About 1.4 million students and 115,000 teachers will stay home. More than 2,500 schools will sit empty. Nobody knows for sure when they will reopen.

“No one has ever seen this before,” said David Hespe, a former st…

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