Winter Storm Causes Closures Throughout South Jersey

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

SOUTH JERSEY — A major nor’easter is bringing one to two feet of snow to most of New Jersey, and it’s also resulted in many closures throughout the state.

The COVID-19 vaccination mega sites at Rowan College of South Jersey’s Gloucester campus and the Atlantic City Convention Center are closed due to the weather. Community members with appointments to get vaccinated at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Monday will be rescheduled to Thursday, and they’ll be contacted by phone or email with more details on their new reservation.

Atlantic Cape Community College’s courses will all operate remotely on Monday, but the college’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be open from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. for community members getting their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

Both of RCSJ’s campuses and Rowan University will operate in a fully-remote capacity due to the snowstorm. Some Rowan students were set to return to a limited number of in-person classes on Monday, as the university’s schedule allowed for Personal Presence Required and Personal Presence Optional courses to resume on February 1.

Additionally, scores of schools have closed in-person operations for the day and will run full- or half-day remote learning schedules. Some schools in the area, including those in Bridgeton Public Schools, already planned to operate remotely today. The Atlantic City and Galloway school districts canceled their food distribution that was set to take place on Monday.

Buena Regional School District in Atlantic County gave its students a full snow day, as no remote learning will take place along with the closing of its in-person facilities. In the age of Zoom, however, traditional snow days like the one that Buena’s students will have are “a potentially endangered species,” according to Camden Charter School Network superintendent Dr. Joseph Conway.

Remote classes will resume for many districts in South Jersey — including at Cumberland Regional High School and Millville High School. Brigantine, Wildwood, Millville, and Stafford Township’s school districts will all operate on half-day or delayed opening remote schedules. Several others, including the Ocean City, Galloway, Egg Harbor, and Absecon school districts will run full remote learning schedules because of the snow.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency and will hold a press conference pertaining to the state’s response to this nor’easter at 11 a.m. on Monday.

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