Coronavirus Closings: NY, NJ schools and universities closed amid COVID-19 outbreak

NEW YORK (WABC) — School closings are following the coronavirus outbreak that continues to impact the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region, with more schools and universities closing or announcing modifications to lessen the risk of community spread.

All CUNY and SUNY schools will close on March 19, moving to online classes.

New York City schools are remaining open, and officials say they are taking precautions by adding additional staff.

“We’re going to add 85 nurses in the course of the week to ensure that every school building will have a nurse on call, on duty during the school day, remembering that some buildings have one school in them and some buildings have multiple schools in them,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “Every building will have a nurse, and that will be implemented in the course of the week.”

New York City Schools plan to remain open, but if they are forced to close, they say food is a concern.

“We know that for many families, school is the only place to get meals for the day and that need continues even if a school closes,” a statement read. “If a school is closed for 24 hours, we’re prepared to serve grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for any student who wants it.”



– Brearley School: Classes canceled this week
– Columbia University/Barnard College: Classes will be taught remotely for the rest of the week.
– Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism to suspend classes from March 12-18. All classes to be moved to “distance learning” starting March 19.
– Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Manhattan is closed March 11.
– Dwight School: Closed till March 29th
– Fordham University: On Wednesday, March 11, faculty will teach their classes online or electronically.
– Horace Mann is closed for the rest of the week (and two-week spring break to follow). An asymptomatic 11th grader is being tested because of potential exposure. This affects about 1,600 students across three campuses in Manhattan and Riverdale.
– Jewish Theological Seminary: In-person classes are canceled on March 11 and March 12.
– John Jay College closed Wednesday after student tests positive for coronavirus.
– Juilliard suspends in-person classes and activities through March 29.
– NYC Public Schools have canceled all DOE-sponsored international travel for students and staff for the rest of the school year. This includes study abroad and exchange programs.

– New York Institute of Technology’s Long Island and New York City campuses will be closed on Tuesday for a deep cleaning.
– The New School University: University-wide “Study Week,” March 23 to March 27, where faculty and students can attend classes online. The University will remain open, and students can be on campus, but classes will not meet in person.
– NYU will move to remote instruction starting Wednesday. The school says all classes should meet remotely at their regularly scheduled time.
– Pace University has suspended in-person class meetings on all three campuses started Wednesday, March 11. All classes will be moved to remote learning through March 29.
– Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn will close Tuesday afternoon until March 30. No one will be allowed on campus for sports practice or any other reason.
– Riverdale Country School: Lower school canceled March 11. Middle and upper classes remote until after Spring Break
– School of Visual Arts: Closed
– St. John’s University – Suspending face-to-face instruction at all locations. Move to online instruction effective March 12 and online instruction will continue through March 27. The university has also ordered residents to leave dorm buildings.
– Yeshiva University: Undergrad classes remain closed through the week


– Brookdale Community College
– Jersey City Public Schools: Closing at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 to initiate plans and coordinate with staff for satellite learning options.
– Kean University will begin remote education on March 16 through March 30
– Millburn Schools: Closed March 12
– Monmouth University is canceling all classes (face-to-face, hybrid, and online) for the remainder of this week, with spring break beginning as scheduled on Saturday, March 14.
– Princeton University: Classes will be available online starting March 23 after Spring Break.
– Red Bank Regional School District closed March 11 for cleaning after the sibling of a student tested positive for coronavirus.

– Roselle Public Schools closed March 11 for cleaning after the district learned that a staff member made contact with someone who was recently diagnosed with coronavirus.
– Rutgers cancels classes beginning Thursday through the end of spring break on March 22. Beginning March 23 through April 3, all courses will be delivered remotely.
– Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional Schools are also closed Mach 11 for coronavirus planning
– Seton Hall University has suspended all in-person classes for the remainder of the week.
– South Brunswick Schools closed March 11.
– Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken canceling classes in preparation to bring all courses online. Classes resume on their normal schedule online.
– Trenton Public Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday to students and to staff on Friday.
– The Warren Hills Regional School District will be closed Wednesday for staff in-service. The district is closing to create a Preparedness Plan in case the school is forced to close. It is a precautionary measure.


– Annunciation School in Crestwood: Closed
– Albert Leonard Middle School: Closed March 11-25
– Keio Academy of New York in Purchase: Closed for the remainder of the school year
– Hudson Country Montessori School – Closed March 11-25
– Iona College: Spring Break will start four days early, canceling all in-person and online undergraduate/graduate Arts & Science classes effective 10 p.m. till March 23
– The Harvey School in Katonah – All classes and after-school activities have been canceled for the rest of this week to March 13 leading into the school’s spring break.
– Manhattanville College
– The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, which serves residential and day students in grades 5 through 12, has canceled classes this week.
– New Rochelle: Schools could remained closed for weeks
– SAR Academy of Riverdale and SAR High School: Closed
– Scarsdale Public School District: Closed till March 18
– Somers Central School District : Closed
– Thornton Donovan School – Closed March 11-25
– Tuckahoe schools: Closed March 12-25
– Ursuline School – Closed March 11-25
– Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck: Closed till March 17
– Westchester Torah Academy: Closed. Unknown when it will reopen
– William B. Ward Elementary School: Closed March 11-25


– All East Ramapo Central School District schools are closed Wednesday to continue to sanitize all buildings and to formalize the District’s continuity plan.
– Hempstead Elementary School will be closed through March 21 after students tested positive for the virus (3 students in the district).
– Pomona Middle School, which is part of the East Ramapo Central School District, will be closed through March 21 after students tested positive for the virus (3 students in the district).
– Ramapo High School will be closed through March 21 after students tested positive for the virus (3 students in the district).


– Hofstra University canceled classes for the week
– Lakeland Schools are closed Wednesday. While there is not a confirmed case in the district, schools have been advised to close because of a direct connection.
– Locust Valley schools will have a two-hour delayed opening.
– Long Island University: Beginning March 16 after Spring Break (Brooklyn and LI campus)
– Molloy College suspends face-to-face instruction from March 11 to March 28.
– Nassau Community College – Campus is closed through Wednesday following the school’s first positive association with the virus. Face-to-face classed are suspended through the end of the week, but online classes will continue.


– New Canaan Public Schools closed starting March 12
– Yale University is asking students on campus to return home no later than March 15. Classes will be held online when spring recess ends and through April 5 at the earliest.
– Weston Public Schools
– Westport School District
– Wilton Public Schools