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Public education officials have decided to close schools down in an effort to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Here’s a compiled list of closures so far. More states are expected to join the list in the coming days.

Alabama
State Superintendent Eric Mackey announced schools will close starting at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. All public schools will be on a 2.5 week break. 

Arizona
Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman jointly announced the closure of all Arizona schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. 

Arkansas
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that effective Tuesday all Arkansas schools will suspend on-site instruction. Most schools will disband on-site instruction Monday, but the state is allowing one additional day for school districts to prepare their students and faculty for online instruction.

Connecticut
Governor Ned Lamont has ordered all public schools statewide to cancel classes beginning Tuesday, March 17 through at least March 31. The date may be extended if determined necessary. 

Florida
Public schools statewide will be closed until March 30 due to the coronavirus, the state announced Friday. 

Illinois
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has closed all Illinois schools in the latest effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Students will be out of schools beginning on Tuesday, March 17 and are scheduled to return on March 30th. 

Iowa
Governor Kim Reynolds Sunday night announced that she is closing schools four weeks because of the growing spread of COVID-19. 

Kentucky
Public school districts across Kentucky have been closed for at least two weeks amid coronavirus pandemic

Louisiana
Gov. John Bel Edwards has closed all K-12 public schools statewide effective Monday, March 16 resuming Monday, April 13, as Louisiana seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state. 

Maryland
Maryland public schools will be closed from March 16-27 in coronavirus response. Gov. Hogan announce a number of actions to take immediately. 

Massachusetts
Governor Charlie Baker announced that schools will be closed for three weeks as of Tuesday. 

Michigan
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said as of Monday all of the state’s public and private schools will closed for three weeks through April 5 to combat the spread of a rising number of coronavirus cases. 

Minnesota
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that public schools across the state will close starting Wednesday March 18 and will remain closed until March 27.

Nevada
In a press conference on Sunday, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the closure of all K-12 schools in the state through April 6. 

New Hampshire
Gov. Chris Sununu ordered all schools in New Hampshire to close immediately and begin a transition to remote learning for a three-week period. 

New Mexico
The New Mexico Public Education Department announced that all public schools will be closed for three weeks due to concerns of coronavirus spread. 

North Carolina
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order Saturday that stops gatherings of 100 or more people and closes all K-12 public schools for at least two weeks. 

North Dakota
Governor Doug Burgum announced Sunday night that schools will be closed for the next week. He says the state will make an assessment about extending that in the future. 

Ohio
Ohio’s governor said all schools will be on an extended spring break beginning at the end of the school day Monday and lasting until April 3. It applies to all K-12 public, private and charter schools. 

Oregon 
Governor Kate Brown announced a statewide school closure for students in Oregon from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31. 

Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Wolf has announced the closure of all K-12 Pennsylvania schools for 10 business days starting Monday, March 16. 

Rhode Island
Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday that all public schools in Rhode Island will be closed next week, moving up their April vacations. 

South Carolina
Gov. Henry McMaster plans to close all schools, with the possibility of allowing those districts in counties with no known COVID-19 cases to conduct school Monday to prepare for distance learning.

South Dakota
Governor Kristi Noem has asked schools to close statewide starting next week. They will be closed for one week. 

Vermont
Governor Phil Scott has ordered the closure of all schools Pre-K-12 to close by Wednesday, March 18 until April 6. Gov. Scott said this period may be extended. 

Virginia
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has ordered all K-12 schools in the commonwealth to be closed for a minimum of two weeks due to the coronavirus. 

Washington
Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is mandating the closure of all Washington schools from March 17, through at least April 24.

West Virginia
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice closed schools Friday for the time being. He says it is important to make sure the needs of students are taken care of, and closing the schools will also help prevent the spread of the virus.

Wisconsin
Gov. Tony Evers has ordered the statewide closure of all K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state’s efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19.

Zack Benz

Zack Benz has been a fan of the Daily Planet since he was eight years old. The Daily Planet has always been a beacon of hope for him and it’s his life’s mission to make it shine in a similar light to so many around the world. Zack graduated with a degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2019.

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