Los Angeles Michigan and Oregon close all schools until April due to coronavirus
The authorities of three large states decided to stop classes in all schools due to the threat of infection of more people. Because children are at risk, Los Angeles, Michigan, and Oregon have declared a state of emergency amid widespread outbreaks of incurable illness.
As of Friday, Los Angeles announced the closure of 900 schools across the state, now unplanned vacations will begin with nearly 700 thousand students. According to the Los Angeles Times, local officials planned to stop the training process for two weeks, but experts do not undertake to predict when the threat will subside, so the exact date of the opening of schools remains in question.
“The public health crisis created by the coronavirus is not something any of us could’ve reasonably expected to happen and we are in uncharted waters as we work to prevent the spread of the illness,” said L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner.
Amid a raging epidemic in California, Michigan also announced the closure of all schools since Monday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made an official statement on Thursday, indicating that schooling would be reinstated on April 6th.
"This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families and our overall public health," Whitmer said, according to ABC12.
According to official statistics, in Michigan, 12 cases of COVID-19 infection are currently known. All infected mostly women. Counties where coronavirus cases have been reported include Oakland County, Washtenaw County, St. Clair County, Kent County, Ingham County and Montcalm County.
In total, Oregon joined in 12 states across the United States to somehow localize and isolate the deadly virus. According to Governor Kate Brown, quarantine will last at least until the end of March.
“However, I have heard from superintendents, school board members, teachers, parents, and students that it has now become impossible to functionally operate schools due to workforce issues and student absences. Schools are experiencing critical shortages in staff, and superintendents are concerned for school personnel who are at elevated risk such as those over age 60 and those with underlying medical issues,” stated Brown, according to My Oregon News. “I want to be very clear: sending Oregon children home will not stop the spread of the coronavirus. While children are home, when at all possible, they should not be in the care of older adults or those with underlying health issues that are most at-risk from COVID-19.”
This is a trying time for our community and I am reluctant to increase the burden on families who are already struggling during this crisis. I want to thank all of the teachers and school employees who have worked hard to keep our schools open until now. https://t.co/7l4l5BwDDY— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) March 13, 2020
In accordance with the instructions of the governor of Oregon, the Department of Education issued a series of instructions for schools during quarantine.
“School districts are directed to develop plans for returning to school that accommodate ongoing impacts of coronavirus. Staff should utilize the final two days of March to finalize plans for operating schools under updated measures, with students expected to return on Wednesday, April 1.”
“Districts are tasked with developing plans to continue nutrition services during the closure.”
“The Oregon Department of Education will examine the impact the closure will have on instructional time.”
“School districts will ensure adequate cleaning supplies for increased cleaning protocols following the closure.”
“The Early Learning Division will support child care programs and will work to identify resources to support child care needs for our most vulnerable families, as well as health care professionals and first responders.”