Governor Closes Schools For Rest of Academic Year

Schools Will Be Offered Options For Making Up Learning

AP News
March 23, 2020 - 4:47 pm
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Governor Ralph Northam says public schools will remain closed for the rest of the current school year. He also says certain types of businesses, like bowling alleys, gyms and theaters, must close in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Northam's announcement comes as the state says the number of people testing positive for the virus has continued to rise and is now at 254.

The governor had previously ordered a two-week school closure, which was set to conclude at the end of this week. Many school districts in the state have previously said they will be closed until at least mid-April.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING:  State Superintendent James Lane says districts will be offered options to make up the missed work, inlcuding adding it to next year's circulum, or extending the next school year.  Districts will learn of those options tomorrow and then make their own decisions.  The Governor has also provided a Frequently Asked Question sheet to help Virginians out.