Ten states close all schools to prevent coronavirus spread

More than 6 MILLION children are sent home because of the coronavirus pandemic: 10 states and large cities including LA closes all classes to prevent the spread

  • Virginia, Louisiana, South Dakota, Oregon, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico ordered schools closed beginning on Monday 
  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee ordered mandatory, six-week closure of all private and pubic K-12 schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties 
  • San Francisco announced its schools will be shuttered for three weeks beginning Monday and stretching through the end of the regularly scheduled spring break
  • The District of Columbia ordered its public schools to close beginning March 16 until March 31  
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Ten states have ordered their schools to shut down while Washington State is closing schools in three counties near Seattle as more than six million American children will be staying home this month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school district behind New York City, also announced it would be closing all of its schools from Monday.

All public schools and most private schools in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Louisiana, South Dakota, Oregon, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Kentucky, and New Mexico will shut down schools beginning next week.

Philadelphia and San Diego also plan to shutter their schools beginning on Monday. 

Washington Governor Jay Inslee also ordered a mandatory, six-week shutdown of all public and private K-12 schools in the three largest counties in the state – King, Pierce, and Snohomish.

Inslee has ordered the schools to close by no later than this coming Tuesday, March 17. They will not reopen before Monday, April 27.

Evening building supervisor Randy Allen sweeps the hallways at Orange High School in Pepper Pike, Ohio, on Thursday. The governor has ordered all the state’s public schools shut due to the coronavirus outbreak

Boston’s Elliot School is closed due to the coronavirus disease. The school’s basketball court is seen above

The playground at Lowell Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, sits empty, after the school was closed Tuesday

Seattle has been hit hard by the outbreak, which has so far claimed the lives of 41 Americans.

In King County alone, 31 people have died after being infected with coronavirus.

So far, there have been more than 1,700 cases of coronavirus nationwide.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 60,000 have so far recovered.

San Francisco announced that all of its schools will be shuttered for three weeks beginning Monday and stretching through the end of the regularly scheduled spring break on April 3.

The decision was made after four students at Lakeshore Elementary School reported symptoms of pneumonia that officials believe may be due to coronavirus.


All public K-12 schools are closed in these states: 






New Mexico

South Dakota




District of Columbia  

Below are some of the major metropolitan areas that have cancelled classes:   

Los Angeles 

The second largest school district in the United States, behind New York City, shut down all schools from Monday. 

New York – New Jersey – Connecticut 

Brooklyn College Academy 

Brooklyn Occupational Training Center (All four locations) 

New Dorp High School, Staten Island

Hungerford School, Staten Island

Bergen County, New Jersey (all 75 public schools are closing)

Bergen County Technical Schools and Special Services School District

Bergenfield Schools (early dismissal on Friday)

Fair Lawn Schools (early dismissal on Friday, possible long-term closure)

Dumont Schools (early dismissal on Friday, possible long-term closure)

Garfield Schools (early dismissal on Friday, possible long-term closure)

Glen Rock Public Schools (closed on Monday, possible long-term closure)

Mahwah Schools (closed on Friday, possible long-term closure)

The Frisch School, Paramus (closed for several days)

Ansonia (Connecticut)









East Hartford














New Canaan

New Haven


Old Saybrook

Region 6 school district – Warren/Morris/Goshen

Region 10 school district – Burlington/Harwinton

Region 14 school district – Woodbury/Bethlehem

Region 15 school district – Middlebury/Southbury

Region 16 school district – Prospect, Beacon Falls

Rocky Hill



South Windsor







West Hartford






Los Angeles  

All schools will close on Monday 


Vaughn High School in Portage Park


All 283 schools serving 213,000 students are closed 


Pima Unified School District

Osborn School District

Cartwright School District

Alhambra Elementary School District

Kyrene School District 

San Antonio

Saint Mary’s Hall

Montessori School of San Antonio

St. Luke’s Episcopal School

San Diego – Schools remain open


Allen Independent School District

Alvarado Independent School District

Carrollton – Farmers Branch Independent School District

Cedar Hill Independent School District

Celina Independent School District

Dallas Independent School District

DeSoto Independent School District

Duncanville Independent School District

Garland Independent School District

Frisco Independent School District

McKinney Independent School District

Lovejoy Independent School District

Plano Independent School District

Prosper Independent School District

Lancaster Independent School District

Melissa Independent School District

Princeton Independent School District

Richardson Independent School District

Rockwall Independent School District

St. Rita Catholic School

Wylie Independent School District

ECI Academies in Rowlett, Royse City and Sunnyvale


Eliot K-8 School (all three campuses) 

San Diego  

 All schools will close on Monday


All schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties are closed

San Francisco Bay Area  

Oakland Unified

Antioch Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified

Berkeley Unified

San Mateo Union High

West Contra Costa Unified

Tamalpais Union High

Santa Cruz County 

This March 6 file photo, shows a classroom vacant through a window at Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, as the school remains closed following a confirmed case of the coronavirus

So far, there have been more than 1,900 cases of coronavirus nationwide

As of Friday, there have been a reported 1,930 cases of coronavirus nationwide 

After some of the children’s adult relatives also reported having respiratory illness, officials made the decision to close the school.

In Sacramento County, the Elk Grove Unified School district has also been ordered closed – in addition to a few other school across California.

Officials in Los Angeles have so far resisted public calls to close schools, saying that class instruction will continue for the time being, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Schools in Texas remain open with the exception of the state’s largest district – Houston Independent School District, which said it was closing for two weeks.

New York, the largest school district in the country, is keeping schools open for the time being.

Philadelphia, which has reported at least seven cases of coronavirus, is shutting 63 local schools after a total of 13 coronavirus cases were reported in Montgomery County.

Andy Falero, 17, skateboards in front of a closed middle school in New Rochelle, New York, on Thursday

school janitor opens the door to a staff room inside Bothell High School in Bothell, Washington, on February 27

Osceola High School was closed in Osceola, Wisconsin, on Tuesday after it was discovered someone testing positive for the coronavirus attended a function last Saturday at the school

Authorities in Arizona have shuttered schools in five districts – Pima Unified School District, Osborn School District, Cartwright School District, Alhambra Elementary School District, and Kyrene School District.

As of Thursday evening, there are nine cases of coronavirus in Arizona, with two of them confirmed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are three cases in Maricopa County, five in Pinal County and one in Pima County.

The District of Columbia has ordered its public schools to close beginning March 16 until March 31.

On March 24, students in D.C. will begin remote learning. Normal class operations are expected to resume on April 1. 

In addition to orderings its schools shut for two weeks, Maryland has also activated the National Guard.

The Port of Baltimore has been closed to passenger cruise ships and all nonessential state government workers have been told to work from home.

In Massachusetts, three schools in Boston and scores of school districts across the state have been ordered closed for varying periods of time. 

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