5 states, D.C. order schools closed to prevent coronavirus spread

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 13th, 2020 8:56 am

Schools in five states and the District of Columbia are closing as states work to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Ohio's governor announced on Thursday that all of the state's public and private schools would be closed for at least three weeks. Maryland's governor ordered schools closed for two weeks, while New Mexico's governor closed schools for three weeks. Oregon schools are closed through March, and Michigan schools until April 5. There are partial closures in Washington state.

Friday morning, District of Columbia officials ordered schools closed through March.

Although Kentucky's governor did not order schools to close, he did recommend that they suspend in-person classes.

A tally from EdWeek estimates that least 10,600 public and private schools and are either closed or scheduled to close, impacting at least 4.9 million students.

? Children are not particularly at risk from coronavirus, but could carry the virus home from school and spread it to older relatives and neighbors.


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