Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Stanhope, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Stanhope, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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(STANHOPE, NJ) -- Not that long ago it seemed like the days of The Stanhope House might be numbered. But the iconic music club endured the challenges of the COVID pandemic and if there were any doubts about its survival, the spring schedule makes the point very clear that it is here to stay.The Stanhope House, which closed only briefly during the worst of the pandemic, is offering an impressive mix of rock, blues and folk in April and May, includ...
(STANHOPE, NJ) -- Not that long ago it seemed like the days of The Stanhope House might be numbered. But the iconic music club endured the challenges of the COVID pandemic and if there were any doubts about its survival, the spring schedule makes the point very clear that it is here to stay.
The Stanhope House, which closed only briefly during the worst of the pandemic, is offering an impressive mix of rock, blues and folk in April and May, including a couple of classic 60s bands.
Canned Heat kicks off a number of "special event" shows on April 2, with Iron Butterfly (In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida) scheduled for April 23. The newest version of Canned Heat, which originally dates back to 1966, features Jimmy Vivino on lead guitar and vocals.
In between in April, the amazing Joanne Shaw Taylor (shown at the top of this article) brings her own brand of the British blues and rock to the club on April 8 and cosmic country and western singer Daniel Donato hits the stage on April 22.
There will be some Phish in the air when The Dude of Life, or for those who know him personally, Steve Pollack, comes to Stanhope for a show on May 7. Pollack co-wrote numerous Phish songs, including "Suzy Greenberg", "Run Lke an Antelope", Fluffhead", and "Dinner and a Movie", "Crimes of the Mind" and "Slave to the Traffic Light". Next, Friends of the Brothers, a premier Allman Brothers tribute band that includes four musicians with either direct or indirect ties to the original band, comes to Stanhope on May 14. A week later, Steve Forbert (Romeo's Tune) makes a long awaited return appearance at The Stanhope House on May 20. Chris Duerte, a native of Austin, TX, who many describe as playing "ferocious rockin' blues", travels to Sussex County on May 24.
Throughout the spring, The Stanhope House and its promoter, Flying V Productions, will be announcing other main attraction shows, as well as offering the best of regional bands.
The storied Stanhope House is located on Main Street in Downtown Stanhope. For tickets to these events and to view the full schedule, visit stanhopehousenj.com.
(STANHOPE, NJ) -- The legendary Stanhope House will trade in its blues legacy for a night when it goes “green” on Saturday, December 4, in a benefit for the environment hosted by the non-profit EarthShare New Jersey. EarthShare New Jersey Blues will benefit 19 environmental non-profits in the Garden State, with proceeds supporting the conservation of air, water, land and wildlife across New Jersey.The bands scheduled to perform are: ...
(STANHOPE, NJ) -- The legendary Stanhope House will trade in its blues legacy for a night when it goes “green” on Saturday, December 4, in a benefit for the environment hosted by the non-profit EarthShare New Jersey. EarthShare New Jersey Blues will benefit 19 environmental non-profits in the Garden State, with proceeds supporting the conservation of air, water, land and wildlife across New Jersey.
The bands scheduled to perform are: Tad Schaefer & The Troublemakers, led by member of the N.Y. Blues Hall of Fame; The Incinerators, a Jersey Shore band whose music “aims at the feet;” The Lew Gatewood Band, which plays everything from Marvin Gaye to The Rolling Stones; and the Chuck Lambert Band, which is led by a Red Bank native.
Tom Kaminski, veteran traffic reporter for WCBS Newsradio 880, will be the master of ceremonies. Doors open at 6:00pm, and the show starts at 7:00pm.
Tickets are $25 for adults in advance and $30 at the door, and $15 in advance for students and $20 at the door (with valid student ID). Tickets are available for purchase online.
“I can’t think of a better place to hold our benefit than in beautiful northwest New Jersey, where the abundant open spaces and the Delaware Water Gap remind of the need to protect and preserve our natural surroundings,” says Paula Aldarelli, executive director of EarthShare New Jersey. “Please come out and help us rock The Stanhope House for this worthy cause on Dec. 4.”
According to The Stanhope House web site, they are currently following State of N.J. COVID general guidelines for indoor venues. New Jersey state guidelines suggest anyone not vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear a mask and socially distance from others. Anyone who is not feeling well should not enter the venue.
The Stanhope House is located at 45 Main Street in Stanhope, New Jersey. The venue bills itself as “The Last Great American Roadhouse” and has hosted everyone from blues legends to Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Legend has it that Babe Ruth once drank there.
Earthshare New Jersey is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to mobilize the people of New Jersey to conserve and protect our land, water, air and wildlife, making the state a healthier place to live, work and play. EarthShare New Jersey provides employers with one-stop access to leading environmental organizations, making charitable giving and volunteering easy for their employees and customers.
Saturday, August 06, 2022 @ 8:00pmBrook Arts Center10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook, NJ 08805category: musicClick here for full description Saturday, August 06, 2022 @ 8:00pmState Theatre New Jersey15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901category: musicClick here for full description Saturday, August 06, 2022 @ 3:00pm & 7:30pmSouth Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079category: theatreClick here for 3:00pm | Click here for 7:30pm Saturday, August 06, 2022 @ 11:00amAllaire Village 4265 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, NJ 07727category: musicClick here for full description Sunday, August 07, 2022 @ 7:00pmNewark Museum of Art - The Garden49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102category: musicClick here for full description Tuesday, August 09, 2022 @ 3:00pmSouth Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079category: theatreClick here for full description
Two school districts and a high school in Sussex County have joined the growing list of New Jersey schools switching to remote instruction as COVID-19 cases continue to surge following the winter break.The Sparta Township School District and Lenape Valley Regional High School will be remote through Friday, Jan. 14, and plan to return following the scheduled day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All Hopatcong schools will be closed Thursday and Friday possibly going back to in-person learning to start next week....
Two school districts and a high school in Sussex County have joined the growing list of New Jersey schools switching to remote instruction as COVID-19 cases continue to surge following the winter break.
The Sparta Township School District and Lenape Valley Regional High School will be remote through Friday, Jan. 14, and plan to return following the scheduled day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All Hopatcong schools will be closed Thursday and Friday possibly going back to in-person learning to start next week.
Sparta started its virtual learning Wednesday, while Lenape Valley's first day remote will be Thursday.
Both Sparta and Hopatcong attributed the moves to a lack of available faculty due to COVID illness or possible exposure resulting in quarantine. According to Hopatcong Superintendent Joseph Piccirillo, the district had 55 staff members out Monday and more than 60 out Tuesday.
"In some instances we were able to secure substitute teachers, consolidate classes, or make other arrangements, but the majority of the positions vacated have remained unfilled," Piccirillo said in a letter to the Hopatcong community. "We are simply not able to sustain appropriate instruction and supervision under these circumstances."
Sparta Superintendent Matt Beck, in his letter to parents and staff, said the data used in determining the district could reopen in person following the winter break has "changed dramatically" in recent days due to the increased rate of teacher absences. On Tuesday, he said, there were 34 absences among the five schools in the district that could not be filled by substitutes.
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"With the high volume of staff absences, along with the high volume of students requiring quarantine instructions at home, we can no longer sustain our current instructional model," Beck said.
Lenape Valley Principal Thomas Claeys Jr. said school officials "will closely monitor the situation in the upcoming days in order to make a determination about extending the remote learning."
The regional high school includes students from Byram and Stanhope in Sussex County and Netcong in Morris County. The Netcong School District moved to virtual learning Monday, while neither Byram nor Stanhope had announced a move as of Wednesday afternoon.
Newton High School, which had switched to remote learning just prior to the holiday break, returned to in-person instruction Monday after an announcement from Superintendent Ken Greene the previous day.
According to the New Jersey Department of Education, approximately one-third of all schools in the state are now remote because of the rise in COVID cases. The spike has led many staff, parents and teachers unions to request Gov. Phil Murphy extend the mask mandate in schools another 90 days, as it is set to expire Jan. 11.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently shortened the quarantine period for individuals who contract COVID or come in close contact with someone who tests positive. However, those guidelines do not apply to schools, which continue to follow protocols outlined by the DOE and state Department of Health.
Under the current school guidelines, anyone who tests positive for COVID must isolate for 10 days before returning to the classroom. Individuals may return earlier if they receive a negative test after five days in quarantine.
A nor'easter blasted its way up the Atlantic Coast on Saturday, dropping more than a foot of snow in parts of the state, and even more in New England, which saw gale-force winds and widespread power outages.In North Jersey, which took a glancing blow from the storm, the National Weather Service predicted snow would taper off after 1 p.m., with "gradual clearing" during the early evening. Accuweather predicted light snow would fall until 6 p.m. in much of northern New Jersey, at a rate of about 0.2 inches per h...
A nor'easter blasted its way up the Atlantic Coast on Saturday, dropping more than a foot of snow in parts of the state, and even more in New England, which saw gale-force winds and widespread power outages.
In North Jersey, which took a glancing blow from the storm, the National Weather Service predicted snow would taper off after 1 p.m., with "gradual clearing" during the early evening. Accuweather predicted light snow would fall until 6 p.m. in much of northern New Jersey, at a rate of about 0.2 inches per hour.
After the snow stops, however, the winds will continue to blow it around, making driving hazardous. The winds will die down by mid-evening when temperatures will drop into the high single digits for northeastern New Jersey and colder for northwestern areas of the state.
The cold weather and winds will produce wind chill equivalent temperatures of zero or below, according to the NWS forecasts. The northwesterly winds will range from 20-30 mph with gusts 30-40 mph leading to possible power outages caused by falling branches.
Sunday will be cold, followed by a warming trend next week with temperatures rising each day in front of the next storm expected to bring rain on Wednesday evening.
Much of this weekend's snow could be gone by the end of the week but there is the possibility of minor flooding as snow melt combines with rain.
Here's what else we know about the present storm:
Bergenfield had a total of 6.9 inches by the end of the day, according to the National Weather Service. The record for snowfall on Jan. 29 for the borough had been just 0.5 inches of snow, according to Bob Ziff of the North Jersey Weather Observers.
The Weather Observers had a slightly different total for Bergenfield, measuring 6 inches of snow. Ziff's group measured 6.5 inches of snow in Harrison, 3.3 inches in Wayne, 2.7 inches in Ramsey, 8 inches in Elizabeth and 3.5 inches in Sparta.
Ramsey reported 13 degrees with a wind chill of minus 3 degrees at 8 a.m., when winds were gusting to 22 mph.
By noon, Paramus had 4 inches of snow, West Milford had 5.1 inches as of 3 p.m., and and Toms River had over a foot of snow.
Morris and Sussex counties had between 2 to 4 inches of snow by 10 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly reported 4.7 inches of snow in Fair Lawn as of 2:40 p.m.
Major malls are open in North Jersey, but some reported delayed openings. Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus will open at 1:30 p.m.; Willowbrook Mall in Wayne and the Shops at Riverside in Hackensack were both scheduled to open at noon. Paramus Park reported no delays.
The storm is expected to continue through Saturday evening with blizzard conditions affecting the coastal parts of the state. Though North Jersey's predicted snowfall has grown, the region will still miss the worst of the storm. Farther south near the Jersey Shore, parts of the area could get up to 18 inches of snow.
Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm Friday. The order took effect at 5 p.m. Friday. Murphy urged all residents to stay off the roads if possible.
New Jersey Department of Transportation issued a commercial vehicle travel restriction on multiple Interstate highways in New Jersey on Friday. The commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to all tractor-trailers, empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, passenger vehicles pulling trailers, recreational vehicles, and motorcycles.
Notice is for the following highways in both directions:
NJ Transit temporarily suspended all bus, River Line and Access Link services at the start of the service day on Saturday. Service was anticipated to resume later in the day.
Rail service, Newark Light Rail and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will remain on regular weekend schedules for as long as conditions allow, although Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is subject to delays up to 20 minutes due to weather-related issues. Tickets will be cross-honored for rail, light rail, NJ Transit bus and private carriers.
State officials urge the public to stay off roads. If you need to drive, experts say to travel with an emergency kit in case you get stranded on impassible roads. Cars should stay off the roads to the greatest extent possible to expedite snow removal.
The storm is wreaking havoc at the Metro New York airports.
The winter storm had nearly shuttered the three major Metro New York airports on Saturday morning. As of 12:30 p.m., 2,085 flights into and out of Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy airports had been canceled.
Newark Liberty International Airport, which had 4.5 inches of snow by 9 a.m., is reporting that more than 90% of outgoing flights have been canceled.
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LaGuardia Airport reported that 97% of its scheduled flights had been canceled due to the storm. By 9 a.m., the airport had 5.3 inches of snow.
Travelers are advised to contact their airline to confirm their flight and allow extra time to get to the airport.
"You should ONLY travel to the airport if you have a confirmed flight," warned Newark Liberty International Airport on Twitter Friday.
Bergen, Passaic and Essex counties are all under a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service until 7 p.m. Morris and Sussex, which are not expected to get quite as much snow, are under winter weather advisories with the possibility of blowing and drifting snow.
The strongest winds are set for Saturday with scattered tree damage and power outages, especially near the coast, expected across the state. Blowing snow and reduced visibility is also predicted for Saturday.
The storm pummeled Ocean and Monmouth counties beginning Friday night, when the Jersey Shore was under its first blizzard warning from the National Weather Service in more than four years.
As much as a foot and a half of snow fell along the coast, with Bayville in Ocean County registering 21 inches, and Spring Lake Heights in Ocean County receiving 17 inches.
Liam Quinn is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.
(This story has been updated to include additional locations added to the state Department of Education’s list of temporarily closed schools.)More than two dozen New Jersey public schools and private schools for the disabled have temporarily switched to virtual learning since the start of the year due to COVID cases — including one set ...
(This story has been updated to include additional locations added to the state Department of Education’s list of temporarily closed schools.)
More than two dozen New Jersey public schools and private schools for the disabled have temporarily switched to virtual learning since the start of the year due to COVID cases — including one set to reopen Thursday.
Most of the 28 schools were closed for a few days or a week or more after spikes in students and teachers testing positive for the coronavirus, according to a list provided by the state Department of Education.
Statewide, COVID cases in schools have been on the rise since early November. Last week, there were 3,024 new cases among students and 858 new cases among school staff, according to the state’s COVID-19 database. There were 2.66 cases among every 1,000 students and 4.41 cases among every 1,000 staff members, the highest rates since the state began publicly tracking the school data in September.
Despite the increase in cases, Gov. Phil Murphy said there are no plans to require students to be vaccinated against COVID to attend public schools.
“You never take anything off the table, but there are no plans as we sit here today to mandate vaccines in our kids,” Murphy said at his Wednesday coronavirus briefing.
Long Valley Middle School in Morris County’s Washington Township School District is set to reopen Thursday after a 10-day closure, district officials said. Following safety rules will be key to keeping schools open during the winter months, said Washington Township Superintendent Peter Turnamian.
“I want to thank all families in advance for your partnership in remaining diligent in properly screening students before sending them to school,” Turnamian wrote in a letter to families. “Positive cases of COVID-19 are on the rise which is also leading to an increase in close contacts in need of quarantine.”
Matheny School, a private school for students with disabilities in Peapack, has also kept its classrooms closed since September.
“The Matheny School continues to operate virtually under the direction of the local department of health based upon the medical fragility of the students it serves including those who are residents of the Matheny Hospital,” the school said in a statement.
The total number of school closings is far less than last year when at least 20 schools closed in the first few weeks alone in New Jersey. At the time, the state had stricter guidelines that said schools could shut down even if only a few positive cases were reported in classrooms.
Under the state guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year, there are no rules that say schools must shut down if they hit a certain number of positive cases. Instead, school officials are advised to consult with local health officials on whether to close a school.
The schools that have gone virtual so far this year are a small percentage of the nearly 2,500 public schools and 150 private schools for students with disabilities that also educate public school students, state education officials said. The state’s list does not include other private schools, Catholic schools, yeshivas, prep schools and privately-run education institutions.
Some of the schools on the list were only closed for a day or two of instruction, followed by already-scheduled vacation days or weekends that extended the time classrooms were kept empty.
In Dunellen, the John P. Faber Elementary School closed Nov. 24 and reopened Nov. 29. But those days included Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the following weekend.
“We were only on remote instruction for one day,” said Gene Mosley, Dunellen’s Superintendent of Schools.
The schools that have closed and temporarily switched to virtual learning so far this school year are:
-Coastal Learning Center- Atlantic, in Northfield (Closed: Nov. 12; Reopened: Nov. 29)
-Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, in Berlin (Closed: Oct. 18; Reopened: Oct. 19)
-LARC School Inc., in Bellmawr (Closed: Oct. 25; Reopened: Nov. 8)
-Brookfield Academy (Closed: Sept. 29; Reopened: Oct. 13)
-Myron L. Powell Elementary School, Lawrence (Closed: Sept. 16; Reopened: Oct. 12)
-Creative Achievement Academy, Vineland (Closed: Sept. 21; Reopened: Sept. 24)
-New Horizons Community Charter School, Newark (Closed: Oct. 14; Reopened: Oct. 25)
-Robert Treat Academy Charter School, Newark (Closed: Sept. 1; Reopened: Sept. 2)
-Irvington High School (Closed: Sept. 29; Reopened: Oct. 6)
-Frenchtown Elementary (Closed: Nov. 18; Reopened: Nov. 19)
-Delaware Valley Regional High School (Closed: Oct. 12; Reopened: Oct. 13)
-Achievers Early College Prep Charter School, Trenton (Closed: Nov. 22; Reopened: Nov. 29)
-Lawrence Intermediate School (Closed: Sept. 24; Reopened: Sept. 29)
-Robbinsville High School (Closed: Sept. 20; Reopened: Sept. 24)
-Maurice Hawk Elementary School, Princeton Junction (Closed: Sept. 20; Reopened: Sept. 24)
-John P. Faber Elementary School, Dunellen (Closed: Nov. 24; Reopened: Nov. 29)
-C.P.C. High Point Adolescent School (Closed: Sept. 27; Reopened: Oct. 1)
-Mendham Township Middle School (Closed: Sept. 17; Reopened: Sept. 18)
-Morristown High School (Closed: Nov. 12; Reopened: Nov. 22)
-Lincoln Park Middle School (Closed: Nov. 24; Reopened: Dec. 6)
-Long Valley Middle School (Closed: Nov. 29; Reopened: Dec. 9)
-Russell O. Brackman Middle School, Barnegat (Closed: Nov. 19; Reopened: Dec. 6)
-Tuckerton Elementary School (Closed: Nov. 18; Reopened: Nov. 30)
-Martha B. Day Elementary School, Bloomingdale (Closed: Oct. 25; Reopened: Nov. 8)
-Upper Pittsgrove School (Closed: Oct. 13; Reopened: Oct. 21)
-Matheny School, Peapack (Closed: Sept. 1; No reopening date set)
-Lafayette Township School (Closed: Nov. 11; Reopened: Nov. 18)
-Valley Road School, Stanhope (Closed: Oct. 21; Reopened: Oct. 28)
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