Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday afternoon ordered all of the state's K-12 schools closed, joining a growing list of states shutting down public education altogether in an effort to stem the growing coronavirus threat.
Acknowledging that the decision will "pose a hardship on many families," Northam nevertheless cited the need to "slow the spread of the virus." Virginia has seen its number of coronavirus infections spike this week, with 30 cases total in the state.
Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni said the state was working to ensure that students who receive nutritional assistance through schools would continue to have access to those resources during the shutdown. Schools will remain closed until at least March 27.