The Seattle Public School District announced Wednesday that they will close for at least two weeks amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
The district announced the closure in a message to local families:
“The decision to close the district was extremely difficult,” the message said. “We know that closing our schools will impact our most vulnerable families and we recognize that working families depend on the consistency and predictability of supports and services our schools offer. We are working with partners and the city to determine how to best mitigate the impact closing schools will have on working families.”
#UPDATE: The largest school district in WA is closing school because of #COVID19 concerns & the governor’s request for all citizens to take action to slow the spread of #coronavirus.— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) March 11, 2020
53,000+ students in the Seattle Public Schools system will be staying home. @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/ah8RoZjCrk
The news comes as Seattle is expected to take more drastic measures in the coming days. Earlier in the week, Patty Hayes, director of Public Health for Seattle & King County, outlined potential next steps the government could take including the restriction of non-emergency travel and preventing anyone from leaving the area infected by the disease.
Earlier in the day, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a ban on all gatherings and events of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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