Schools In Tri-State Area Canceling Classes Over Coronavirus Fears

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A number of colleges and schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are canceling in-person classes due to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Closures began last week, when Yeshiva University closed after a student – the son of a 50-year-old attorney at the center of the New Rochelle outbreak – tested positive for the virus.

Since then, multiple other school districts, universities, colleges and private schools have closed out of precaution.

New Rochelle, the center of the Westchester outbreak, has shut down all schools for two weeks – and a similar situation is happening in Mamaroneck.

Now, parents, teachers and students are scrambling to adjust quickly to an online learning method. Others are trying to adjust to having children at home.

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“I'm glad they closed the schools. I'm glad. It's a little bit more off the mind, but unfortunately, I still have to go to work,” one parent told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.

She added: “They said they are going to send a link for the kids, you know, to work at home, so we'll see how it goes.”

Catholic schools across New York State have shut, multiple school districts on Long Island have closed and even public schools in New Jersey have shuttered – but Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to keep the New York City public schools open for a number of reasons.

Though, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that if a student tests positive for the virus, the school where the child attends classes must be shut down for a 24-hour period while health officials assess the situation.

Here’s a list of closures in our area:

Barnard College (Manhattan)

The school has canceled classes through March 10. Courses will be taught remotely for the remainder of the week.

The college, considered one of Columbia’s four undergraduate colleges but is an independent institution, announced that it was taking the same precautions.

Berkeley Heights Public Schools (Union County)

Schools will be closed until Tuesday, March 10.

Bergen County Public Schools (Bergen County)

All 75 school districts will move to an at-home distance learning method on Friday, March 13 at 3 p.m. until further notice.

Brearley School (Manhattan)

The all-girls school will be closed until spring break at the end of the month.

A student’s parent that is being tested for the virus, an email sent on Sunday to parents from the school’s head, Jane Foley Fried, said.

"Neither the parent nor members of the family have any symptoms of illness since the exposure," an email from the school read.

Brooklyn College (Brooklyn)

Brooklyn College's campus is closed Friday, March 13 after a female student of Brooklyn College Academy, a public high school on the college's campus, tested positive for coronavirus.

"I write to inform you that a member of the Brooklyn College community tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) this evening," President Michelle J. Anderson wrote in a letter to the college community. "The student is in the hospital under medical care, and our thoughts are with her for a full and speedy recovery."

Brooklyn Diocese Catholic Schools (Queens and Brooklyn)

All elementary Catholic academies and parish schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will be closed from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko announced March 13.

Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, students of the diocese’s schools and academies will have access to online learning.

Brooklyn Friends School (Brooklyn)

The private school, with two locations in Brooklyn, will remain closed from March 10 through 13

Brooklyn Occupational Centers (Brooklyn)

Four Brooklyn Occupational Centers are closed Friday, March 13. Officials said the centers serve students who are medically fragile and that a teacher has self-reported a positive case.

"We are closing all four program locations and will immediately clean and disinfect the sites following state Health Department guidelines," officials said.

Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of New York (New York State)

Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of New York will close all elementary schools on Monday, March 16 through Friday March 20, with the possibility of a lengthier closure. Visit to see which schools apply to the closure.

Challenge Charter School (Queens)

The school will be closed from March 11 through March 13.

City University of New York (CUNY)

Schools throughout the five boroughs will switch most classes to an online method beginning March 19. Students will be asked to leave dorms but some exceptions will be made. The "distance learning" method will remain in place for the remainder of the semester

Columbia University (Manhattan)

All classes are canceled through March 10. Course will be taught remotely for the remainder of the week. Spring break begins Friday.

A person at the school is under quarantine from coronavirus exposure, according to an email sent Sunday by the university.

"I am writing this evening to notify everyone that, because a member of our community has been quarantined as a result of exposure to COVID-19, we have decided to suspend classes on Monday and Tuesday," Columbia’s president, Lee Bollinger said.

He added that the person under quarantine has not yet been diagnosed. He did not say whether it was a student or staff member.

Covent of the Sacred Heart (Manhattan)

The school will be closed until March 30.

Cranford Public School District (Union County)

All schools in the area will be closed until Monday, March 16.

Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic Academies and Parish Schools 

All elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Brooklyn and Queens, will close Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20. 

East Brunswick Public Schools (Middlesex County)

After a confirmed positive case of coronavirus in East Brunswick, all public schools in the area, and all school activities, will be closed through Sunday, March 15.

East Ramapo Central School District (Rockland County)

Hempstead Elementary and Pomona Middle School will be closed through March 21. Ramapo High School will be closed through March 19.

Fordham University (Bronx and Manhattan)

All classes are canceled until March 10. Classes will be taught remotely after March 11.

Hoboken Public School District (Hudson County)

Due to the state of emergency declared by the Hoboken Office of Emergency Management, the Hoboken Public School District and the Hoboken Charter Schools will close starting Monday, March 16 for two weeks.

Hofstra University (Nassau County)

All classes are canceled through March 13, classes will resume after spring break, which begins on March 14.

A student who attended an event with someone infected with the coronavirus then reported developing flu-like symptoms.

"On Sunday, March 8, a student contacted the Student Health and Counseling Center reporting flu-like symptoms, after attending a conference where an attendee has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19),” the school said in a statement. “The student is being tested, and is in isolation. In keeping with current state Department of Health directives, six individuals who have been in close contact with this student have also been asked to self-isolate pending the student’s test results."

Horace Mann School (Bronx)

Classes are canceled until March 31.

Iona College (New Rochelle)

All classes are canceled through March 13, with spring break starting on March 14.

Juilliard School (Manhattan)

All college-level classes, after school activities and scheduled performances are suspended from March 16 through March 29.

Keio Academy (Westchester County)

The private boarding school is closing for the remainder of the school year. There are no reported coronavirus cases.

Manhattan College (Bronx)

In-person classes are canceled until March 10 and will be taught remotely after March 11.

Nassau Community College (Nassau County)

All face-to-face classes have been suspended through the end of the week. Online classes will continue as normal.

New York Institute of Technology (Manhattan and Long Island)

Classes are canceled for the rest of the week and will resume online on March 23.

New York University (Manhattan)

Classes are suspended from March 11 to March 27.

Poly Prep Country Day School (Brooklyn)

The school will be closes for the remainder of the week.

Princeton University (Mercer County)

All lectures and seminars are switching online beginning March 23 through April 5, when the university will reassess the situation.

The school is also restricting large gatherings and school-sponsored travel, and urging students to remain home after spring break and take classes online.

"The best time to put in place policies to slow the spread of the virus is now, before we begin to see cases on our campus, rather than later," President Christopher Eisgruber says in a letter to the university community. "Our goal is to decrease the number of instances that require community members to gather in large groups or spend extended periods of time in close proximity with each other."

Riverdale Country School (Bronx)

Middle and upper school students will be taught remotely from March 10 to March 11. Students in younger grades do not have to attend.

Rockville Centre Diocese Catholic Schools (Nassau County)

Catholic schools across Nassau County under the Rockville Centre Diocese will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20.

Monday, March 16 is a “Professional Development Day” for teachers and staff, meaning schools will be closed to students.

SAR Academy and High School (Bronx)

The schools are closed until further notice. The daughter of a 50-year-old attorney at the center of the New Rochelle outbreak attends classes there. She also tested positive.

Sacred Heart University (Fairfield County)

Sacred Heart University in Connecticut is also suspending classes on Tuesday before moving to online classes from March 11 through March 29.

Scarsdale Public Schools (Westchester County)

All public schools are closed to students until Wednesday, March 18.

"The impacted faculty member is exhibiting mild illness, and the District’s response is designed to demonstrate vigilance and recognition of individuals who may be immuno-compromised," the district wrote in a message posted to their website.

The district will contact families who may have come into contact with the infected teacher, disinfect their buildings, and develop a system to enable "e-learning" beginning March 16.

St. John’s University (Queens)

Effective Tuesday, classes will be held exclusively online until March 27, according to an email sent to student Monday night by University President Dr. Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw.

Students have been told to vacate dorms.

State University of New York (SUNY)

Schools throughout New York State will switch most classes to an online method beginning March 19. Students will be asked to leave dorms but some exceptions will be made. The "distance learning" method will remain in place for the remainder of the semester

Staten Island Public Schools (Staten Island)

New Dorp High School and The Hungerford School closed on Friday, March 13 after a student tested positive for the virus, officials said.

Syracuse University (Onondaga County)

The school is suspending all residential academic programs and transitioning to online courses between March 13 and March 30.

Yeshiva University (Manhattan)

All undergraduate courses are canceled from March 13 to March 16. Graduate coursed will be taught remotely beginning March 11.